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Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:47 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Thursday, the league declared former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft, but with the caveat that he must serve a five-game suspension should he sign with an NFL team. Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, originally backed the decision imposed by commissioner Roger Goodell.

On Friday, Pryor's lawyer, David Cornwell, appearing on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, sounded like someone who had plans to -- you guessed it -- appeal Goodell's decision.

“[Goodell] indicated that we have the right to appeal within three days after Terrelle signs an NFL contract, and given some of the developments both in reaching the decision and comments out of the [NFL Players Association] regarding the decision, I think it’s likely that we will file an appeal, and give the Players Association an opportunity to make it’s objections to this on the record,” Cornwell said, according wire reports

This assumes, of course, that Pryor will be drafted on August 22. Surely, someone in Pryor's camp must have those assurances because the timing of Cornwall's announcement could scare off potential suitors (and who knows, it still might).

The bigger issue is (and we seem to be saying this all the time) Goodell's role in all this. As CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Thursday, the league would like to discipline NFL players who run afoul of NCAA rules, and the decision to suspend Pryor for five games was Goodell's way of circumventing the current guidelines that prevent that.

"What Roger Goodell did in suspending Pryor is get the NCAA's back. The NFL and NCAA both feel that players are breaking rules on the college level thinking they can use the NFL as an escape hatch. The NFL wants to stop that mentality. What Goodell did was also send a message to the union. If you won't work with us on this, then I'll use the commissioner power to make the decisions myself."

PFT's Mike Florio echoes many of the sentiments Freeman laid out: "If the NFLPA lets this one slide, then the NFL will try in the future to take similar action when a former college player who has gotten himself in trouble with the NCAA wants to play pro football."

Not surprisingly, the players are concerned, too. "I know players are concerned about the message this sends," said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players' executive committee. "Granted, making this 'deal' was an individual decision made by a player with counsel from his agent and lawyer. They have every right to make whatever deal they want for his personal future. That being said, the general concern now is how far into Pandora's box this may go."

And that's the problem.

Next up: seeing which teams are impressed enough with Pryor's workout to draft him. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot writes that the Browns will be on hand for Pryor's Saturday pro day. Also worth mentioning: in June, the Browns were already doing their due dliigence on Pryor. We think it's safe to say that they like him. Just at what cost?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Ok Terrelle, how about this one GO BACK TO OHIO STATE!  Oh wait you can't you have burned all your bridges.  Don't you realize you are being given an OPPORTUNITY and you need not spit at it.  But I guess you don't understand that.  You wanted to play in the Sugar Bowl.  Your coach said you guys all promised and acted like men that you would take your punishment.  All the other guys are still at Ohio State and are going to sit out five games.  They also are not signed with an agent and making money.  Say thank you to the NFL for giving me a chance and then shut up and take the suspension.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

SERIOUSLY??? What in the world does all of this have to do with Racism? The person that posted that is the one that has the issues, not anyone else that is posting. Do you think that Tressel is out because of racism too? Did Butch Davis get canned at North Carolina because of racism? I am pretty sure that the practice hours thing at Michigan was the NCAA on a racist witchhunt because the Head coach was named Rodriguez and they figured he had to be of Mexican decent. I think the NCAA was all over Georgia because they thought Mark Richt was German, probably a Nazi!! I should point out that those are in jest, because the person crying racism might be silly enough to think that I am on to something. I do not deny that racism exists, and I think it is deplorable. But the people that cry racism when not a shred of it exists are the ones that perpetuate it's existence.



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Yeah dude..so what..you broke the rules.   How dare you have to suffer any consequences.   The nerve of some people, right? 



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Without referring to any particular post, I will say this....Racism exists because of morons who always bring race into an issue!!!



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Hey kidtrash....do you have spell check on your computer or are you just naturally this stupid! Oh, i see... you can't even spell the word!! On your computer it should say....."spel chek"!! LMAO!!


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