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Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor

Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:38 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Terrelle Pryor suspension -- he received five games at the NFL level for actions he performed while at Ohio State -- is unprecedented in professional sports.

So it's no surprise that plenty of players and agents and lawyers aren't thrilled about the news. Go ahead and count Steelers backup quarterback and NFLPA executive committee member Charlie Batch among the group that's not thrilled about Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pryor.

"He took it to another level when he said he was going to suspend Terrelle Pryor for five games and he wasn't even in the NFL last year," said Batch, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "How can you do that? It's not right. It's not right at all."

It probably isn't "right," in that it's seems random and a touch unfair, but that doesn't really matter.

The NFL had a situation where college athletes were primed to begin utilizing the supplemental draft as a way to escape NCAA punishment, thereby making the NFL look like a safe harbor for wrongdoing at the amateur level.

Though it is convenient that the NCAA serves as a cost-free minor league of sorts for the NFL, that convenience dies out quickly if and when players know that they can laugh off the rules imposed by college athletics and skate to the pros without any punishment.

Hence the suspension for Pryor and what will be an interesting precedent. One that, clearly, won't be well-liked by the players.

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:35 pm

Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor

Makes perfect sense to me. I agree with the 5 game NFL suspension. It would set a terrible precedent if a player who was under suspension in college could simply bolt to the NFL to escape it. Clearly, not something the NFL or NCAA wants. Again, playing in the NFL is a privilege not a right. The player could go to the CFL if he wants out bad enough I guess.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:03 pm

Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor


Go to Twitter and follow Jay Bilas' (ESPN college basketball analyst) tweets. He's zeroed in on the NCAA's hypocrisy. How bleeping stupid is it that colleges and the NCAA can make megabucks off jersey sales in sporting-goods stores but a kid who sells his own jersey gets suspended? Scholarship money doesn't go as far as you think it does. Yes, some of that is bad choices - guys spending money on bling, tats and cars instead of food and rent - but when you hear a scholarship described as a "free ride," that's a blatant lie. A scholarship basically covers tuition and the school's own room-and-board costs, which don't mean much to local landlords. So don't say that "athletes ARE getting paid - it's called a scholarship." No, they aren't, and no, it's not. It's time to figure out a fair way to compensate student-athletes and blow up the more dumbass parts of the NCAA rulebook.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:00 pm

Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor

Why is the NFL about Godell now, he is a power freak and needs to stay out of the headlines.  I can't recall who the commissioner was prior to Godell. Because he managed the league how it is supposed to be managed, from behind the scenes not out in front of it. 

Until Godell allows football to be played as football, it'll always be about him and not the league. This sport isn't mandatory, it's an accepted risk and players need to ensure their finances are properly utilized "just in case". Citizens are given the same recommendation, plan for the worst and hope for the best!

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:23 pm

Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor

I agree 100% with the early season suspension.  In fact, I wouldn't be against a full season suspension in his case, as this is what he was looking at if he stayed at Ohio State.  Pryor bailed on his team when they needed him.  Regardless of what you think of NCAA rules, he broke them.  He was looking for (and received) a payday after he saw that his college career was done because of what HE had done, not Tressel.  Instead of being a man and honoring his agreement, made in front of cameras after their bowl win last year, he broke his word and bolted.

The NFL has done right by the NCAA.  Charlie Batch:  Integrity has always been something that has been applied to you throughout your career.  An upstanding citizen, "good guy," etc.  Why would a situation with someone with limited morals bother you so?   

Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:03 am

Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor

So what about all of these NFL coaches who left the NCAA to avoid punishment? Looks like Seattle should be without a head coach for a month or so. What about Reggie Bush? What about Cam newtons Dad, should he be banned from Carolina panther facilites also? The list goes on and on. KING Rogger is an IDIOT!

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:12 am

Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor

Batch has been an advisor to Pryor since he was in high school so his opinion is jaded. No doubt Pryor would still be at OSU if he hadn't been caught and he would be probably driving some new hot sports car. These players need to know there are consequences for their actions

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