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NFL still hasn’t given Pryor an answer

Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor AP

The supplemental draft remains scheduled for Wednesday.  The NFL remains silent on the eligibility of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

It’s wrong.  Regardless of whether he’s in or he’s out, the league should have let Pryor know where he stands.  At this point, it’s fair to interpret silence as rejection, and we’d have a lot more respect for the league if they simply would have told Pryor that he’s out.  [UPDATE:  The league has postponed the supplemental draft, which means that he's still not out.  And yet he's still not in.]

We’d also have more respect for the league if they’d articulate a reason for jerking Pryor around.  Absent an explanation, I’ll assume that the league is throwing a bone to the custodians of the free farm system by ensuring the Pryor won’t play college football or NFL football in 2011.

Regardless of whether the league’s rules permit Pryor to be excluded from the supplemental draft based on the evidence, including proof that either the NCAA or Ohio State — or both — wouldn’t have let him play in 2011, Pryor deserves an answer.  On the eve of the supplemental draft, he hasn’t gotten one.

Lawyer David Cornwell joined PFT Live on Tuesday to make a compelling case for Pryor, confirming that Pryor was advised to leave Ohio State and that new coach Luke Fickell wouldn’t return Pryor’s calls.  And yet plenty of people will continue to believe, incorrectly, that the problem arises from Pryor’s decision to sabotage his eligibility for the purposes of entering the supplemental draft by leaving school and hiring an agent.

We highly recommend watching the entire 10-minute-or-so segment with Cornwell, who makes a passionate case against the hypocrisy of the NCAA — and who doesn’t close the door on legal action if Pryor isn’t included in the supplemental draft.

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28 Responses to “NFL still hasn’t given Pryor an answer”
  1. cletusvandam says: Aug 16, 2011 6:27 PM

    The league is jerking prior around? Like he jerked Ohio state around you? He is getting exactly what he deserves.

  2. ajknox88 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:33 PM

    Seriously, don’t ruin this guys career Goodell. Not saying he’ll be good in the NFL but really is an NCAA issue the NFL’s business?

  3. weightshakes says: Aug 16, 2011 6:33 PM

    Ironically, the jerk is getting jerked around.

  4. sdw2001 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:40 PM

    cletusvandam says:
    Aug 16, 2011 6:27 PM
    The league is jerking prior around? Like he jerked Ohio state around you? He is getting exactly what he deserves.
    ————

    Dude, get real. The NFL has no right to punish players for things they did in college. And the NCAA rules on players not being allowed to make ANY money while in school is f*cktarded. They can’t even get part-time jobs, while the large schools rake in billions based on their play.

    I’m not exactly a big Pryor fan, nor am I a fan of OSU. But this is crap.

  5. jakek2 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:46 PM

    Its abominable what the NFL is doing he. I hope he sues them for mega millions. NFL is full of s-bags and don’t get me started on the legalized enslavement called NCAA football.

  6. nceaglesfan says: Aug 16, 2011 6:47 PM

    Let him participate in the auction, however, if selected, the team making the pick holds his rights until the 2012 draft.

    Why should any team need to compromise it’s 2011 roster for a player who beyond a doubt will not contribute this year. He can certainly live off endorsement money until the 2012 season. If money get tight, maybe he could sell body space to a sneaker company and have the corporate logo tattooed!!

  7. wryly1 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:48 PM

    So I guess when Pryor demands special treatment from, the NFL they should cancel bathroom breaks until he’s been placated.

  8. realitypolice says: Aug 16, 2011 6:48 PM

    cletusvandam says:
    Aug 16, 2011 6:27 PM
    The league is jerking prior around? Like he jerked Ohio state around you? He is getting exactly what he deserves.
    =======================

    How did he jerk Ohio State around?

    Yes, he took an illegal benefit, like just about every blue chip player in the history of college football has.

    In fact, if Tressel hadn’t extorted him and his teammates into making an early decision by threatening to bench them for the bowl game if they didn’t agree to come back this year, Pryor probably would have seen the writing on the wall- that he would eventually wind up being suspended for the entire season- and entered the regular draft.

    Ohio State jerked him around by not coming out and saying that the ongoing investigation would more than likely lead to his suspension for the year in time for him to get into the draft.

    Now he is getting jerked around again and it stinks.

  9. daburgher says: Aug 16, 2011 6:50 PM

    Pryor deserves as much as a chance as the vick brothers… oh wait..

  10. hobartbaker says: Aug 16, 2011 7:04 PM

    Where was all this sanctimonious outrage when Newton was taken first overall in the draft?

    Terrelle Pryor isn’t a thief, a liar, and an academic fraud. He didn’t ask for a large sum of money above and beyond his tuition at Ohio State. He isn’t psychologically stunted, learning disabled, or physically enhanced by banned drugs. He traded a few items given to him for money or services. That’s it.

    Newton is the new “face of the NFL”, along with Under Armpit Athletic Apparel and the Icon Manufacturing Group. Pryor is treated like a leper. Go figure.

  11. nflfan101 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:28 PM

    If Pryor cannot play college ball this year for whatever reason, then let him in the supplemental draft. Give him a shot at the NFL.

  12. goforthanddie says: Aug 16, 2011 7:34 PM

    Based on the rules, he’s already been declared ineligible. Suck it up and enjoy Canada.

  13. itsmammoth says: Aug 16, 2011 7:53 PM

    I’d like to see him back-up Romo a few years…. jussssstttt saaaayyyyiiiiinnnn.

  14. sieg1234 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:56 PM

    @ajknox

    Yes, it is…how is it “ruining his career” by not making an exception for Pryor? The league has rules in place – Pryor doesn’t fit under those rules – end of the story. How can people not understand? Morons.

  15. raijinnokumo says: Aug 16, 2011 8:05 PM

    Caleb King is the one getting screwed over here, not this joker. Just declare him ineligible and send him to Canada for the year.

  16. abninf says: Aug 16, 2011 8:37 PM

    Eh, he already has a nicer car than most of the people posting here. He’s obviously getting money from somewhere to pay all these trainers and fly around the country. He’ll survive just fine for a year.

  17. suzieb61 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:29 PM

    Ok, so the kid, admittedly, sold a jersey, ring and plaque for $2500.00 to pay his Mom’s rent and bills and yet all of you want to crucify this kid. Really? I guess everyone here hasn’t done anything questionable in their life. This kid deserves an opportunity to prove himself in the NFL. That is all he is asking for; is just a chance. If he makes it that is great and if he doesn’t; well he had the chance to showcase his talent and let the chips fall where they may. The NCAA needs to get their act together. There isn’t any consistency, whatsoever, in how any of the rules are applied. They pick and choose who they are going after and what schools they will punish. No one can convince me that rules arenn’t violated every day by all of the schools. They go after the best atheletes possible so that they can make millions of dollars off of jersey sales, etc. This young man made bad decisions; based on the information he was provided. I don’t think the school was honest with him. Terrelle Pryor was honest about what he had done and the reasons behind it. He knows that he broke the NCAA rules and has been forthright about his circumstances. I don’t believe that the NFL has the right to be judge and jury in this instance. The young man deserves the opportunity to compete for a position with an NFL team. The NFL should not use Mr. Pryor as an example for the NCAA to hold up. These are two separate entities and one should not become entangled in the others business. For all of those who have expressed negative comments about Mr. Pryor and who do not know this young man; I ask you to think about this: Your son or daughter could be found in this same situation some day; how would you feel about the comments then?

  18. cubano76 says: Aug 16, 2011 10:19 PM

    He can have my answer right now: Screw you, you idiot. You brought down a program you selfish rat bastard. I hope you do make into the NFL, so some juiced up LB knocks you back to your momma’s childhood!

  19. rcali says: Aug 16, 2011 10:47 PM

    He made his bed, now he has to sleep in it. Sometimes that bed is filled with bugs.

  20. hobartbaker says: Aug 16, 2011 11:10 PM

    Newton and Fairley got more in a single payoff from Auburn than Pryor made in three years at OSU. Everyone knows that, including the NCAA and the NFL. But you can’t turn around without seeing Newton’s horse teeth or Fairley’s retarded mouthbreather face leering at you from some oversized poster.

  21. tatum064 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:20 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Aug 16, 2011 7:04 PM
    Where was all this sanctimonious outrage when Newton was taken first overall in the draft?

    Terrelle Pryor isn’t a thief, a liar, and an academic fraud. He didn’t ask for a large sum of money above and beyond his tuition at Ohio State. He isn’t psychologically stunted, learning disabled, or physically enhanced by banned drugs. He traded a few items given to him for money or services. That’s it.
    ===================================
    They want to avoid litigation and are trying to find some way around dealing with Pryor, because NCAA issues are still pending even after the fact. – Pryor wouldve done well to hit the CFL then come back after 2 years or so…would be much better off. Even if he comes into the league, there isnt much he’d offer any team.

    Cam Newton made it, he didnt kill anyone, so what he took money. A lot of people took money and didnt get caught, including AD’s and higher ups from the boosters. If you knew anything about how things really work you’d know some people get caught ON PURPOSE – to keep the other AD’s in line or just have stupid, greedy relatives. Its a bad economy so what do you expect?

  22. suzieb61 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:34 PM

    cubano76 – Really? You seriously think this kid brought down an entire program by himself? I believe that the Coach, the school and the boosters knew exactly what was going on and this certainly isn’t an isolated incident at their school or any other NCAA school. They want these kids and will stop at nothing to get them. They got caught and are using this kid as a scapegoat.

    Terrelle Pryor was honest in his account of what happened and he doesn’t deny that he violated NCAA rules. But this doesn’t give the NFL the right to keep him out of the draft in order to make a point for the NCAA.

    Keep in mind, this is just a kid. He deserves a chance just as the others who are in the supplemental draft.

    The NCAA needs to clean up their own house and not rely on the NFL.

  23. lostsok says: Aug 17, 2011 12:07 AM

    “The” Ohio State is a sewer of hubris that deserves what they got. Pryor is a PRODUCT of that institution of arrogance and self-adoration.

    That said, I think the NFL, a) should not let him in (it opens the door for players who want to go in the supplemental, where all eyes will be on them, rather than the main draft), but, b) tell him already before he files ANOTHER law suit that threatens the league’s ability to keep these kids out (age discrimination was an angle I’ve heard suggested).

    I simply don’t see any reason to let this get as much attention as it is…it’s worse for the league than Pryor, which makes no sense.

  24. kom2k10 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:33 AM

    How is he getting jerked around??? The NFL is just following the rules! The rules as I undesrstand them state that you cannot jump in the supplemental draft unless there was some unforseen circumstances… Pryor getting kicked out for things that HE did wrong do not qualify as “unforseen”. He knew he did wrong, took the risk and did it anyways, and got caught.

    Being kicked off the team was a very real posibility and he chose to try to play anyways. Turns out he got the boot from Ohio state… too bad… so sad

  25. 160hfalligatorhater says: Aug 17, 2011 1:16 AM

    Pre woke me up to that hateful group called the NCAA! Wonder why no one ever listened. Such a shame.

  26. barnesaintnoble says: Aug 17, 2011 1:53 AM

    The kid deserves an answer. The way this is going, they will drag it out until he misses the deadlines for the UFL and CFL so he won’t be able to play football at all. That’s just wrong. And all the people blaming him for accepting benefits in college are ridiculous. It was all Jim Tressel looking the other way all those years, yet you ohiostate fans want to make a martyr out of him.

  27. bunjy96 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:31 AM

    The threat of a lawsuit, that Cornwell alluded to, is what may be holding up the decision.

    The present rules are clear and he didn’t meet the requirements. That part is easy.

    The league just doesn’t want another lawsuit right now.

    To allow him in the draft means that others could also circumvent the rules.

    Its not as easy a decision as many seem to think it is-especially PFT

  28. opie333 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:06 AM

    Goodell is nothing but a politician and a weasel!

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