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Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:27 pm
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PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

When Terrelle Pryor was suspended five games by Roger Goodell  for his transgressions at Ohio State, he (or at least his agent) claimed he wasn’t going to appeal his decision before he ultimately did just that. Since he was appealing the suspension back to the guy who originally suspended him in the first place, he must have known his request had little chance of working.

And it hasn’t.

The NFL has announced that Goodell has upheld the Oakland quarterback's five-game suspension.

Here are some excerpts from Goodell’s statement:

-“Based on Mr. Pryor’s actions, I believe it is a fair conclusion that he intentionally took steps to ensure that he would be declared ineligible for further college play and would be able to enter the NFL via the Supplemental Draft. Taken as a whole, I found that this conduct was tantamount to a deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules in a way that distorts the underlying principles and calls into question the integrity of those rules.”

-“Mr. Pryor -- not Ohio State or the NCAA -- made the judgment that he was ineligible for college play, and then took a series of affirmative steps that were intended to, and had the effect of, accomplishing that result. Moreover, Mr. Pryor did so in order to avoid the consequences of his conduct while in college -- conduct to which he had admitted and for which he had accepted a suspension -- and to hasten the day when he could pursue a potentially lucrative professional career in the NFL.”

To Goodell, it seemed that Pryor was deliberately trying to manipulate the eligibility rules in order to make himself money (since he wasn’t going to be playing for Ohio State this season) and since Pryor already had agreed to serve a five-game suspension while at Ohio State, Goodell thought his actions warranted that same punishment in the pros.

“In my judgment, allowing players to secure their own ineligibility for college play in order to avoid previously determined disciplinary consequences for admitted conduct reflects poorly not on college football -- which acted to discipline the transgressor -- but on the NFL, by making it into a sanctuary where a player cannot only avoid the consequences of his conduct, but be paid for doing so,” Goodell wrote.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFLPA is going to file a non-injury grievance on his behalf.

So, is this fair of Goodell, suspending somebody for something that occurred when Pryor wasn’t even in the league? Probably not. But did Pryor deserve the suspension? Probably yes. And I realize that those two statements are at odds with each other, but that’s ultimately the decision with which Goodell had to wrestle.

But the NFLPA doesn’t have to like it. Which is precisely the point CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson made when he wrote this: “As you'll recall, the NFLPA hasn't been exactly thrilled at the news of Pryor's suspension, because it represents a dangerous precedent in terms of future control for the NFL over players leaving college early. … This isn't exactly the sort of situation where the players want to just lay down and let the league have its way, setting a precedent for suspending players for actions that were committed while they weren't even in the league.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

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Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:33 am
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Please read other posts, your questions have been answered several times...

#1... OK, so why should his actions as a STUDENT be punishable by his present EMPLOYER?  One who is in NO WAY connected with the STUDENT'S University.
This one is easy, he was suspended for violating NFL rules, not NCAA rules.  He applied for the supplemental draft without being eligible for said draft.  To be eligible for the Supplemental draft you must have zero eligibility left in the NCAA.  This used to be through late filing by players for the actual draft (but that doesn't happen anymore due to lawyers and agents).  Pryor was eligible to play his senior year, after he served a 5 game suspension, set by the school and NCAA.  Goodell had every reason to punish him because he had to postpone the supplemental draft to resolve Pryor's violations. 

#2... YOU ARE 100% WRONG on this one.  No employer would win a lawsuit brought against them for punishment they brought upon their employee for actions of said employee at a previous place of employment (cleaned it up for you a little).
True, but no employer would hire a guy who had no concern or loyalty towards his previous employer, preventing any sort of later conflict.  Pryor is lucky to be so athletically gifted, but that doens't make playing in the NFL his right.  His actions not only effect him, but the NFL as a whole.  No matter if we agree with Goodell or not, his job is to ensure that the NFL brand is protected, that includes against selfish, ignorant kids like Pryor.

And why has nobody answered the question on why COACHES can BOLT from college to the NFL to avoid NCAA punishments.  Oh, that's right, the coaches bring MORE MONEY into the NFL in ticket sales and other hype, so that makes it okay.
Wow, I hope some of this last comment was sarcasm, if it wasn't, I feel sorry for you.

1st, Tressell is the Official Replay Reviewer for the Colts, and he is suspended for the first 6 games of the season.  Which is unprecidented for the NFL.  As far as the likes of Pete Carroll and others, Pryor did violate NFL rules, as previously mentioned.  These BOLTing coaches did not.  They broke NCAA rules, until Tressell, lines never crossed.  The same goes for Reggie Bush and other players who violated NCAA rules but did not violate NFL rules.  Expect the NFL to use Tressell as a starting point for future NCAA coaching transgressions.

2nd, No one goes to/watches games, buys jerseys, hats, and whatever else for the coaches.  I do not care to see Rex Ryan running up and down the field throwing his headset because Sanchez is awful and Rex is just now realizing this.  I prefer to see the players play.  As I said before, I sincerely hope the last comment was sarcasm.



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:30 am
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I would have to agree with Goodell... You cant let Players Run from punishment he agreed to serve the 5 day suspension be a man and serve it... THEN try to get in the league with your issues behind you... Pryor saw the money signs and said "Screw this Watch me get away with this hahahah" I know what Pryor did happened out of the NFL but he was trying to run from his problems INTO the NFL... When you play for the NFL you represent them...Players today got to realize there not above rules or the Law...



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Just another example of the man keepin' a grown ass brotha man down.
I hope that's sarcasm. If not, you're one of the stupidest people alive.



Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I didn't know Pryor had a "job" at Ohio State.
Present employers make their decisions based on "Pryor" work experience. and determining what type of character they think one has. Pryor has none.

Godd use of the word Pryor...LOL... I like it.


#1... OK, so why should his actions as a STUDENT, be punishable by his present EMPLOYER? One who is in NO WAY connected with the STUDENTS University.

#2.... YOU ARE 100% WRONG on this one. No employer would win a lwasuit brought against them for punishment they brought upon their employee for actions of said employee for breaking the rules at their former employer their former employer.

And why has nobody answered the question on why COACHES can BOLT from college to the NFL to avoid NCAA punishments and that is fine. OH thats right the coaches bring MORE MONEY into the NFL in ticket sales and other hype. So that makes it ok.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Why do people keep bringing up Jim Tressel as the foil to Pryor? Tressel is serving a 6 game suspension. He got 1 game more than Pryor.
Some of the other people mentioned were never convicted of anything after NCAA investigations. People throw out these "oh yeah, well what about....." allegations all the time, but often don't have all the facts, or don't recognize that the circumstances can be very different case-to-case.    


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