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Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: September 4, 2011 11:52 am

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor has notified the NFL and the NFL Player's Association that he intends to appeal the five-game suspension handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell as part of the league's decision to allow Pryor to be eligible for the supplemental draft last month, the NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting.

If nothing else, you have to appreciate the timing. On Friday, the Colts hired Jim Tressel, Pryor's coach at Ohio State before a scandal led to Pryor leaving school and Tressel resigning, as a game-day consultant. The problem: the move was made without the approval of the league office, and according to a source, the league must give the OK before all hires become official.'s Doug Farrar tweeted Sunday morning that it was a "Smart decision by Pryor and his people to appeal five-game suspension now. NFL has to address Tressel, change the [suspension], or REALLY look bad."

As we found out with the lockout, these things are as much about right and wrong as they are about winning the public relations battle. Then again, Goodell has shown in the past that he's willing to make unpopular decisions. Steelers backup quarterback and longtime Pryor mentor, Charlie Batch, recently told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Goodell has too much power.

"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," he said. "How can you do that? It's not right. It's not right at all."

Pryor's Journey to Oakland

Players have also taken issue with Goodell arbitrarily meting out punishment, perhaps none more vocal in recent years than Batch's teammate, linebacker James Harrison. (More proof that there appears to be no method to Goodell's perceived madness: he didn't suspend Kenny Britt or Aqib Talib for serious and persistent offseason incidents.)

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said on August 24 that Pryor would not appeal the suspension. Clearly, that has changed.

Now, in addition to the Tressel situation, the league will also have to deal with Pryor appealing his five-game suspension. As for the former, PFT's Mike Florio notes that it's not a question of if the NFL will allow Tressel to work for the Colts, but when.

"In Tressel’s case, the league faces a tricky decision," Florio wrote Saturday. "Notions of fairness and consistency require the league to treat Tressel, who resigned from Ohio State under duress after admitting that he failed to share with the NCAA information regarding activities that jeopardized the eligibility of Pryor and other players, the same way that it treated Pryor. By delaying Tressel’s entry to the NFL, the league would be bolstering the perception that overt favors are now being done for the curators of the free farm system.

"The question doesn’t become relevant until the Colts submit Tressel’s contract for approval by the league office. It hasn’t happened yet. Once it does, Tressel’s fate will be in the Commissioner’s hands."

The easiest way for the league to avoid the potential PR fallout? Punish both parties in a manner than most people would deem fair. History suggests that Goodell doesn't fully understand that dynamic. Or maybe he does and he doesn't care. Either way, the commissioner now has two more things on his to-do list with the start of the season less than a week away.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Posted on: December 25, 2011 4:26 pm

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Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:25 am

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

I support education at any turn but if Im commiting to go to your school and I help turn your program around and thus your school is making a tremendous amount of money Im not asking you give me a big pay check but at least make sure my mother doesnt get kicked out of her house or i can have some money for a pizza or to buy some clothes I mean DAMM! that sounds a little fair.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:27 am

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

And by the way, Pryor was taking Ohio State University property such as equipment and clothing.  He was not trading "his own stuff".

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:14 am

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

"You leave yourself with no room when you write with a broad pen" Me

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:12 am

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

I am one of the guys who got a fullride to a smaller D1 school.  I was happy as hell to get a free education.  I got to play ball for four more years.  Never made it to the league.  But thankfully due to my scholarship, I now make about 80 grand a year.  Wouldn't of been in a position to if players got paid.  First off, if players got paid, there would be less scholarships. Where I went to school, education, room and board cost aound 40,000 out of pocket.  So basically I got paid 160,000 dollars to play college football.  The only athletes crying about getting paid are the top nfl(lower case on purpose) prospects.  They think they deserve riches before they get there.  The rest of us know we still have a life to live after school, so we study hard and learn.  We make our own way.  

And its not the union worker that is the problem with unions, it is the union bosses who take the dues from the worker and spend it how they want.  The worker just goes to work and is used by the higher ups. 

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 4:35 am

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Im a firm believer in this addage "fair exchange its no robbery" if Im helping make your school and program millions of dollars you should compensate me for helping do so. A college education is the least you can give if im making your school 8 times the amount of my tuition Academic scholarships do not have stipulations that you cant work or receive presents or goods but athletic scholarships do which is why basketball programs get turned upside down because a kid left early for the draft so he could feed his mother. Pryor sold his own things to make money to keep his mom from getting evicted something the school should of taken care of anyway. Bottomline is compensate these kids for money they have helped lace your pocket with.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:11 am

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

There are valid points on both sides. IMO Pryor's cheating the NCAA rules shouldn't carry on to the NFL, but maybe he should just take his medicine and stfu.  Pryor can barely complete a coherant sentence, in 5 weeks maybe he can memorize some plays and be the 3rd string QB he was meant to be.

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