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Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 4:27 pm
Terrelle Pryor's attorney on Thursday called the latest allegations against the former Ohio State quarterback by ESPN "bogus", threatened legal action, and called the NCAA system a form of "slavery."

Columbus, Ohio, attorney Larry James made the comments Thursday morning while appearing on SiriusXM's "Jason & The GM" show on satellite radio. Thomas described himself as a local figure who had worked with Ohio State in the past and knew AD Gene Smith, president Gordon Gee and former coach Jim Tressel.

"It was probably good for Terrelle to meet persons like myself, African-American lawyers, very successful -- quote, unquote," James said.

James said he did not know that meeting would lead to his representation of the troubled former star. He went on to say that "most" of Pryor's wrongdoing is limited to the selling of memorabilia "when he was a freshman, 18 or 19 years old at the time".

Ohio State's problems seemed to escalate Tuesday when reported that Pryor had made $20,000-$40,000 selling memorabilia with the help of a local freelance photographer, Dennis Talbott. Talbott has denied the allegations. 

"I know Dennis Talbott," James said. "I don't mean to belittle Dennis Talbott but Dennis Talbott is not a deep-pockets player. This is out of his league. He does not have this kind of cash. He is not one of those dealers that one would say D has the ability to neg-buying and selling of memorabilia. Dennis was a part-time photographer who knew a lot of players. He was known around town. He is harmless. He definitely did not have that kind of wherewithal to do that kind of stuff and that story is just bogus."

The subsequent "Outside the Lines" report on ESPN, James said, "is close to being reckless and malice and over the line. This is something that Terrelle at the appropriate time may look at once he gets in the position to have the wherewithal to bring that lawsuit."

An unidentified former friend accused Pryor of taking the money in the ESPN reports.

James then went into detail describing Pryor's car situation that has come under scrutiny. With the NCAA curious about that situation, Pryor seemed to brashly drive to a team meeting Monday in a Nissan 350Z with temporary tags.

James explained that Pryor came to Columbus with a Hyundai Sonata purchased by his mother, Thomasina, when he was a senior in Jeanette, Pa. James said that after about a year, "that car practically dies," and Pryor's mother paid $11,000 for a Dodge Charger, again in Jeanette.

Over the next three years, the Charger was serviced "three or four" times requiring the use of a loaner car. At some point the Charger was traded in for the 350Z. The cars had the same approximate monthly payments, $298, according to James.

Six Ohio State players were cited by the NCAA in December for trading memorabilia for tattoos and other benefits late last year. Pryor was among those suspended for the first five games of 2011. However, Sports Illustrated last week quoted a source who witnessed nine other current players swap memorabilia or autographs for tattoos or money.

He then added of the nine new names published in SI, "They will be cleared. They will be cleared."

As for leaving the team when Pryor did, James said there is "division -- as you all know -- in the lockerroom among a lot folks."

"Terrelle looked at a situation where it was a hornet's test to try to continue to play football at Ohio State whether he was cleared or not."

He did not elaborate on that subject nor on the assertion that Pryor has had some "proposals" emailed from the Canadian Football League. James said he probably wouldn't negotiate any professional contract that Pryor would consider. There was no anger from Pryor, he said, after leaving the university.

"Irrespective of how harsh and idiotic we think some of the NCAA rules are, they are still on the books," James said. "They had slavery for all those years. Those rules are still on the books, and the courts uphold them."

James then ranted about the NCAA and its enforcement process.

"You've got a captured system here in college football. It's mandated, dictated, the student-athletes have no rights. They have no relief. It's an archaic, draconian process by which you are basically financed for about 9 1/2 months of your school year and then you're to find the money for whatever else is left. You live in basically poverty throughout that period and you're making a million dollars for institutions."

James said he was not aware of any NCAA violations by Pryor, "over the last couple of years that we have uncovered."

James was questioned by hosts Jason Horowitz, a contributor, and Steve Phillips, the Mets' former GM.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:42 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

ignorant post.  it is against NCAA rules to have a job and is a major violation.  2nd point is that you can get a job in the summer however if you are not at offseason workouts (5 hours per day) you will never play.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:35 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

NCAA management is a joke.  Give the schools a salary cap, pay the players, ... It is comming

You are truly oblivious to the laws, federally, that will make such an idea practically worthless. The bench lacrosse player will be paid the SAME as that STAR QB. Anyone talking of "paying" these kids because the program makes millions has tunnel vision. Open your your your mind...

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:25 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

The ------hole is playing the race card! Terrel Pryor will be trouble every where he goes, he's a two-time loser!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:23 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

This article just point out how Pryor is continuing to get bad advice. First, don't hire/involve yourself w/a lawyer who wants to play the race card. If a white dude said the something was "slavery" it would be an outrage. I for one, feel those comments are insensative by Pryor's lawyer and are just as outrageous.

Secondly, anyone who went to a big university can tell you any football player is living way "above the poverty line". While most college kids work 2 or 3 jobs to support themselves, most college athletes including Pryor dont pay for tuition, get free meals which other students do not get, and also get many little "advances" under the table. They may not be 100k cars, but I'm sure there are numerous things being given to all players to help "aid" them with their college careers.

So to me, for someone who gets all of these handouts to blatantly go beyond the rules and start selling memorabilia to make extra money, reflects the fact they had no respect for the rules, and were not held to many either. For that I think you can blame the support system this kid had, along with his teammates who are caught up in the same mess.

Bottom line is that they all broke the rules, and unlike many other college football stars, they got caught. And the NCAA should start punishing those directly involved, instead of putting sanctions on the good players at Ohio State who did nothing wrong.

Maybe sanction Tressel from coaching for 5 years. And suspend Pryor for a season. Instead he's going to walk to the NFL, Tressel will coach somewhere else, and Ohio State may face NCAA sanctions for something that players 2 or 3 years from now wont even have a direct involvement in.

Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:20 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

So I guess that a $40,000 a year scholarship isn't enough compensation. So lets just take away that scholarship from all of the student athletes and pay them each week say $500. Wait that won't work because than how are they going to pay for their schooling. Most of those students don't get scholarships and they pay for their schooling and their food. It is called a JOB. To all you slack ass college football players that think you deserve so much more think about how lazy you are and quit living off society and get a JOB and quit crying about how poor your life is.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:20 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Horowitz and Phillips probably needed oxygen after being in a room with a lawyer spewing such noxious gas.  Are these guys paid by the word?  By the lie?

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:18 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

They do get paid, with free tuition and housing.  If they want to be pro athletes, they should just go play in the Arena league or CFL.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:18 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

NCAA management is a joke.  Give the schools a salary cap, pay the players, ... It is comming!

No way that will happen.  Per federal law, you would have to pay ALL student-athletes the same.

Besides, that would do absolutely nothing to curb cheating.

Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:12 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

NCAA management is a joke.  Give the schools a salary cap, pay the players, ... It is comming!

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:06 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

very well said, last lions fan.  it is always the top tier that screws it up for the middle and lower.  these athletes are not in the dire straits everyone wants to portray.  how about the other athletes that are more than happy to get that free education nobody wants to remember.  if you don't want that, do got to college.

Preach on brotha.  Prior wasn't scraping to get buy.  He just wanted tats and jewelry.

Regarding the article, I think thou protests too much.  The lawsuit will go nowhere.  Also, playing the race card is a very desparate move.

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