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Goodell suspended Pryor with approval of NFLPA

Terrelle Pryor AP

It’s still not clear how Commissioner Roger Goodell had the ability to suspend former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor for five games based on “decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft.”

The NFLPA appears to be on board with the penalty.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA agreed with the intended approach.

(Efforts to contact NFLPA spokesman George Atallah have not yet been successful.)

It’s unknown whether Pryor will appeal.  If the union already has concluded that a five-game suspension is appropriate, it’s hard to imagine the appeal having any chance of succeeding.

Either way, Pryor’s best play will be to lay low until after the supplemental draft.  Then, if he’s drafted, he can decide whether to further stir things up by fighting the five-game suspension.

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  1. demoderbydoug says: Aug 18, 2011 10:23 AM

    So are the 72 players from miami and reggie bush being suspended 5 games as well?

  2. jesse1834 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:23 AM

    Time to suspend to the “U” players, Reggie Bush, Pete Carroll…etc…

  3. tundey says: Aug 18, 2011 10:24 AM

    This is a stupid suspension anyway ‘cos no way he’s going to play in the first 5 games. Even if he wasn’t gonna be a project QB, missing all of training camp means he can’t play immediately.

  4. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 18, 2011 10:24 AM

    Players know the draft can’t go away?

  5. papamcgin says: Aug 18, 2011 10:24 AM

    Take cover, lighting bolts are beginning to flash down from Mount Olympus.

  6. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 18, 2011 10:25 AM

    Making it up as he goes along. Great way to run a professional sports league.

  7. jw731 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:25 AM

    Nor a Pryor apoligist……But how the hell can he be suspended when he’s not even in the league?

  8. osteelers says: Aug 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    Pryor will be a BUST in the NFL.

  9. mvp43 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    Pryor is lucky that he’s eligible at all……….I would’ve made him wait until next April’s NFL draft and on top of that make him sit out 5 games.

  10. devinmr711 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    Thought you had to at least be in the NFL to be suspended. Let the kid play. End the Pryor Drama once and for all.

  11. tbtrojan says: Aug 18, 2011 10:27 AM

    I’m sorry but what exactly is he suspended for?

    How can the league say “Yes you can enter the draft but we’re going to suspend you because you shouldn’t be in the draft.”
    If he’s not meant to be in the draft don’t let him in, if he’s ok to enter let him enter.

    If you are going to suspend him at least have the balls to admit why you are doing it, to suck up to the NCAA. It’s not like they are even trying to hide it, I mean 5 game suspension for Pryor, why does that sound familiar?

  12. mackie66 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:27 AM

    Is this true or am I dreaming, or maybe not fully aware of all the facts. This kid, Pryor, hasnt been drafted and might not be drafted because of the 5 games suspension. Ohio State stated Pryor would be suspended for the entire yr,,,his senior yr. Goodell has sorta made himself into the King, Ruler, Tyrant, Dictator of the NFL. He aint Pete is he?

  13. 6stairwayto7 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:28 AM

    Goodell is a dictator! His #1 goal is to create parity by eliminating the Steelers. This will never happen. Not until we leave the league to start our own, and this will sooner than you think. We will continue to dominate competition despite this injustice. Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  14. Paul says: Aug 18, 2011 10:29 AM

    How do you suspend a player that is not yet an employee of the league?

    Is Roger going to suspend me for asking that?

  15. benh999 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:30 AM

    Empty gesture. No way Pryor was taking the field in anything but garbage time the first five weeks of the season anyway.

  16. bdawk20 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:30 AM

    Only Al Davis is hurt by this news that Pryor is out the first 5 games.

  17. managod777 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:30 AM

    Hopefully soon you people will realize that Goodell has too much power. I’m interested to know what deal was made for the NFLPA to accept a 5 game suspension in the NFL for an NCAA situation that was over when he withdrew from school. If this sticks I feel sorry for the lives of “U” players implicated.

  18. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 18, 2011 10:30 AM

    @ jw731

    Because he should’ve went into the April draft and is getting punished for it.

  19. jw731 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:31 AM

    Doesn’t every american have the right to earn a living?…..”The intregrity of the NFL draft”…….Seriously?….These are football players, alot of whom took basket weaving in college, most of whom didn’t go to class, have tutors to teach them to use a freakin crayon, but can run a 4.4 forty, and all of the sudden the draft has intregrity?…….

  20. siggy00 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:31 AM

    Hitler Goodell needs to go.

    New CBA or not this jackass is hell bent on ruining this league.

  21. edukator4 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:32 AM

    after the suspension he will hand pick which team gets to draft him.

  22. deeboisgonnaeatyourkids says: Aug 18, 2011 10:32 AM

    Another hypocritical Goodell ruling. Did anybody expect something else?

  23. darthbaiter says: Aug 18, 2011 10:32 AM

    Hey, you play, you pay, he gets what he deserves!

    Signed,

    Reggie Bush

  24. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 18, 2011 10:35 AM

    This is awesome, to heck with NCAA players violating rules and running and hiding in the NFL…Shame on the system…Now to the ex-Miami players……I wish we could punish them somehow….jus sayin

  25. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Aug 18, 2011 10:35 AM

    He was suspended because he gave the finger to the actual NFL draft before deciding he wanted to play in the NFL. I agree though, if they were going to suspend him, then why even let him enter? Make him miss a year for his stupidity.

  26. sj39 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:36 AM

    6stairwayto7, “we”?? What position do you play?

  27. destroyedbydansnyder says: Aug 18, 2011 10:38 AM

    Why not? He ran away from a five game suspension from Ohio State. He agreed to the 5 game suspension last season so he could play in the bowl game. He should have to honor the suspension he agreed to.

  28. ottomanismydog says: Aug 18, 2011 10:39 AM

    So what’s his plan for all the Miami Players…?

  29. dulz26 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:40 AM

    Now post Pryor prospect teams that maight be interested?
    Miami, Miami, Miami, Miami and who else?

  30. edgarh21 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    This is ridiculous just another way of Goodell showing he’s in charge.

  31. annnann says: Aug 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    Questionable actions by Goodell along with him tampering with Vick’s decision and now this.

  32. quirtevans says: Aug 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    It’s a very curious decision. He can practice in training camp (for a week and a half), then he’s suspended for five weeks, and can’t practice at all.

    And the guy’s a marginal talent at QB anyway, according to some.

    And QB is the position that needs the most transition time.

    So, they get a week and a half to evaluate him, at best, then he’s shelved for five weeks. And you have to keep him on the roster, because if you cut him and put him on the practice squad, any other team can sign him.

    A team is going to waste a draft pick on THAT?

    Just let him be an undrafted free agent. That way, if some team wants to take a chance on him, they won’t waste a draft pick.

  33. dickroy says: Aug 18, 2011 10:42 AM

    How can he be suspended before he is even in the NFL? I am not defending him, I just don’t understand this.

  34. nolanorth says: Aug 18, 2011 10:43 AM

    Go read the original article before you start posting to suspend already drafted players.

    He’s being suspended for undermining the draft process, not making money! Slightly different circumstance.

  35. clwb419 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:43 AM

    the lack of knowledge of people posting on this board makes me laugh.

    Sure, he may not play his first 5 games, assuming he gets drafted in the supplemental, and makes a team – but people – while you’re suspended, you DO NOT GET PAID. So, it “hurts” Pryor in that he doesn’t get a paycheck for those weeks.

    Kudos to Goodell for doing this – Pryor left OSU partially because of the suspension, thinking he’d be off scott free – this is a very good thing for the game of football. You screw up in college and leave without being penalized – you will still be penalized if you make the league. Way to teach accountability!! And kudos to the NFLPA for the same!!

  36. ilivincin says: Aug 18, 2011 10:43 AM

    That goes beyond double, secret probation. I have no idea how they can suspend a player that isn’t in the league. BS. If this happens, does that count as a strike against him? Lawsuit written all over it. To all the naysayers, he might not be a QB ever in the NFL, but he does have all the measurables of a first round WR. 6’6″, 235lbs and runs a 4.3. Watch out.

  37. solomon151 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:44 AM

    Damn this is crazy, Why is he suspended?!!?! Dude is going overboard with this crap!!

  38. cosmoman11 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:45 AM

    Congrats, Roger. Now he will have grounds for a lawsuit. And congrats to the NFLPA. You should have fought until Roger lost the power to make unilateral decisions about discipline. He just proved that he has no idea what he is doing.

  39. ilivincin says: Aug 18, 2011 10:46 AM

    6stairwayto7 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 10:28 AM
    Goodell is a dictator! His #1 goal is to create parity by eliminating the Steelers. This will never happen. Not until we leave the league to start our own, and this will sooner than you think. We will continue to dominate competition despite this injustice. Here we go Steelers, here we go!
    *****************************************

    How is this even remotely about the Steelers? You have had EVERY advantage possible, yet you still complain like your are The Little Sisters of the Poor. BS.

  40. dench81 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:49 AM

    why is everybody bitching and moaning over pyror now people have been bashing him for months and now all of a sudden they have his back. pyror wasnt punished at all for bring ohio state down he needs to learn that he cant run from his problems

  41. tylerhink says: Aug 18, 2011 10:50 AM

    It must be pretty awesome running a sports league with unchecked authority. I think the power is getting to Goodell’s head. It seems like it’s grown 3 sizes since he became commish, and he’s been left with perma duck face now.

  42. citiciti says: Aug 18, 2011 10:50 AM

    GOD ell has spoken so it is written.

  43. gdbroker says: Aug 18, 2011 10:50 AM

    The NFL is doing the NCAA a favor. Pryor signed a non-binding agreement that if he was allowed to play in last years bowl game he would be suspended for the 1st 5 games of this college football season and that he would not skip his senior season and enter the NFL. Through his actions, Pryor ensured he wouldn’t be eligable to play anyway, skirting the agreement. For the NCAA to be able to offer similar agreements in the future there had to be consequences. Namely, you will miss the games whether you are in the NCAA or the NFL.

    For the NFL, this ensures that a high draft prospect isn’t as inclined to skip the NFL draft in an effort to better showcase themselves in the Supplimental draft by simply breaking rules and becoming ineligable in the interrum.

    At least that’s my take.

  44. hatesycophants says: Aug 18, 2011 10:52 AM

    I hate Ohio. I hate Ohio State. I have no opinion about Pryor. However, this is one of the most ridiculous decisions in the history of the league. How the hell can you suspend someone who doesn’t work for you?

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  45. duerson1985 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:53 AM

    And he thought he could run away from his 5 game suspension from OSU.

  46. stockdogdca says: Aug 18, 2011 10:55 AM

    managod777 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 10:30 AM
    Hopefully soon you people will realize that Goodell has too much power. I’m interested to know what deal was made for the NFLPA to accept a 5 game suspension in the NFL for an NCAA situation that was over when he withdrew from school. If this sticks I feel sorry for the lives of “U” players implicated.

    I agree, nothing is concrete Goodell is just making up rules as he goes along ! I’ll bet he doesn’t address the “U” players until the end of the season, otherwise half the league will lose too many players to suspension. LOL

  47. eastsidehunky says: Aug 18, 2011 10:56 AM

    Goodell making it up as he goes along, like the good liberal that he is, just like his 2 yr senator lib father who got trounced by James Buckley in 1970.

    What a low life Schmuck! And so is the NFLPA for going along with this travesty. They just showed they’re willing to screw their players and their Holy of Holies the CBA.

    Shows that at the end of the day, it’s only about $$$ and not principles, morals or ethics.

  48. capnhowdy says: Aug 18, 2011 10:59 AM

    6stairwayto7 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 10:28 AM
    Goodell is a dictator! His #1 goal is to create parity by eliminating the Steelers. This will never happen. Not until we leave the league to start our own, and this will sooner than you think. We will continue to dominate competition despite this injustice. Here we go Steelers, here we go!

    _______________________

    Can’t tell if trolling or just realllllllly stupid…

  49. dexterismyhero says: Aug 18, 2011 11:00 AM

    @6stairwayto7 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 10:28 AM
    Goodell is a dictator! His #1 goal is to create parity by eliminating the Steelers. ==================================
    You think you can ever put an original post out there?

  50. spartyfi says: Aug 18, 2011 11:01 AM

    I’m confused, what NFL rule did he break to be suspended?

    I believe this is an agreement he made with Goody to ensure he could be in the supplemental draft because based on the rules, he shouldn’t even be eligible for the supplemental draft.

    With that said, I don’t understand the tie between College and NFL. I don’t see why the NFL cares what the NCAA does or says. Quite frankly I find it ridiculous that the college players can’t just say “f” it whenever they want after January and join the supplemental draft. I think the age thing is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. If a kid doesn’t want to go to college, and he is a top player in HS, why not let him go into the draft? Then make the rule so player can be drafter at 18+ but can’t do anything but practice squad reps until they’re 2 years removed from HS.

    The NCAA deserves to get burned like this and lose talent. They take advantage of these “student” athletes and it’s time they got what’s coming to them.

  51. dafool99 says: Aug 18, 2011 11:01 AM

    Anyone who says he tried to get out of the 5 game suspension by the NCAA, or he mocked the NFL draft, please explain how.

    I am will state facts and not speculation.

    1) He took the 5 game suspension to play in the Sugar Bowl. In which he signed a agreement to come back to school and play his senior year and sit out the first 5 games of the season.

    2) Tressel resigned. He was joined at the hip with Tressel in this scandal and when he resigned he knew he wasn’t going to be able to play at OSU and most likely kicked out of school.

    3) Knowing this he decided to enter into the supplemental draft, like any other player who know they will not be eligible for the upcoming NCAA season does if they have the 3 years from highschool.

    Tressel is the one who talked him into taking the suspension and coming back to make things right, or else he would have been in the regular draft in april.

    He didn’t skip out on the suspension! He was never going to be able to serve it in the first place!

  52. broncobeta says: Aug 18, 2011 11:03 AM

    The NFL is moving closer to the NCAA with baseless and inconsistent decisions like this.

  53. martinmayhew4president says: Aug 18, 2011 11:04 AM

    I thought the Supplemental draft was for players who were ineligible? How do you suspend a player for not 1 or 2 games but 5 games for hurting the integrity of the NFL, when he was considered a college athlete? Did RG do this to help the NCAA and OSU?

  54. gdeli says: Aug 18, 2011 11:04 AM

    the miami and reggie bush stuff are right one. Too many cheaters. I never like reggie and kim is a media drama queen with no real talent. Stupid to see america sink to new lows with this crap.

  55. polishrod says: Aug 18, 2011 11:10 AM

    Perhaps Goodell is greasing the skids for keeping Pryor out of the supp draft and let him walk around like an undrafted F/A.

    Is it even possible to suspend someone who is not even under his supervision / control?

    Hopefully if he can do things like that, he can censor all of the loud-mouth Steeler fans on here next!

    6 felonies!

  56. pigskinswag says: Aug 18, 2011 11:15 AM

    If I was Terrelle Pryor, I’d fight the suspension. If they suspend Pryor, then they’d have to suspend Reggie Bush, Andre Johnson, Kellen Winslow, etc.

  57. melikefootball says: Aug 18, 2011 11:16 AM

    Gee he accepts this====they act like he was going to start on some team come day one. Suspended yet can go to meetings and use facility. Oh how we love guys that have such great character. I have to shake my head that WE all then spend money to watch these type individuals as they continue get away with this.

  58. izzylangfan says: Aug 18, 2011 11:20 AM

    Let’s see. Suspending a guy who is not a member of the NFL with the agreement of a union of which he is not a member for behavior that occurred before he joined the NFL for which no other player has been suspended even though there were similar but far worse examples by NFL players. Don’t you like the complete and totally arbitrary nature of Roger Godell?

  59. chc4 says: Aug 18, 2011 11:30 AM

    Will the NFLPA appeal its own approval? Wouldn’t shock me.

  60. tombradyswig says: Aug 18, 2011 11:32 AM

    Roger GOD-ell making the league his bitch once again!!!!!

    WE NEED A NEW COMISH!!!!

  61. Sean Williams says: Aug 18, 2011 11:39 AM

    Accepting money and gifts as a OSU player/student had to be the dumbest thing Pryor did. He takes millons off of his salary he’d be making a year from now because he simply had to live the LIFESTYLE. I don’t understand how kids can be that gifted, yet be that stupid.
    He literally will be exactly like Maurice Clarrett, so he better straighten up and start idolizing Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning’s work habits if he wants to be a millionaire

  62. FinFan68 says: Aug 18, 2011 11:43 AM

    This makes absolutely no sense. He is not eligible so he tried to manipulate the system and the league says he is eligible if he agrees to a 5 game suspension. WTF? The same 5 games he should have missed at OSU? Why not the standard 4 game suspension?

    The NFL is setting a bad and dangerous precedent. It is irrelevant if his “infraction” attacked the integrity of the draft. He was not a member of the NFL or NFLPA at the time. There is no difference between him, Reggie Bush, UNC players, UM players, etc.

    They should have just denied his request and said he manipulated the system to garner eligibility. This will not end well. There will be future issues like this and the NFL has all but asked for the drama.

  63. jpb12 says: Aug 18, 2011 12:05 PM

    Wow
    This is major.
    Cause we all know he was going to start for someone right out of the gate.

    All this does is allow him to get a playbook and learn for 5 weeks… without actually costing a team a roster spot.

  64. wizahdry says: Aug 18, 2011 12:32 PM

    Getting suspended before getting drated that’s gotta be a new record.

  65. kevpft says: Aug 18, 2011 12:33 PM

    Don’t see why so many are freaking out about this suspension. This guy Pryor has a double whammy against him coming in this way – trouble in college and now trouble with how he’s handling the draft process.

    The goal for the NFLPA, presumably, is to clear the way for players to play as soon as possible. The goal for the NFL is to protect the integrity of their processes and institutions. If one player plays fast and loose with critical aspects of the NFL process without any repercussions, it undermines the NFL.

    So this seems like a win-win. Pryor gets in earlier than he probably should have (NFLPA wins), and receives a punishment that should be a decent disincentive to others going about things this way (NFL wins). So nobody is “prevented form making a living”, but a message has been sent.

    Unchecked or abused power is problematic, but a rigid, inflexible rulebook would cause big problems. Better for management and labor to be able to negotiate on individual situtations and evolve the rules that way.

  66. darthhitman says: Aug 18, 2011 12:58 PM

    6stairwayto7 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:28 AM

    Goodell is a dictator! His #1 goal is to create parity by eliminating the Steelers. This will never happen. Not until we leave the league to start our own, and this will sooner than you think. We will continue to dominate competition despite this injustice. Here we go Steelers, here we go!

    ______________________________________

    BY ALL MEANS, don’t let the door hiut ya where the good lord split ya son…fewer fart blossoms polluting comment boards like these with mindless rhetoric like “We’re in the Super Bowl like every other year”. I would buy “We get owned in the AFC Championship on our own field like every other year.” deal. Give me a break, Jim freaking Harbaugh’s Colts damn near beat you, which might have helped the humiliation of a no name Cowboy earning player of the game honors lmao. STFU and be gone already then, go start you own league consisting solely of Steelers and play with yourselves…not like ya already don’t as is

  67. 160hfalligatorhater says: Aug 18, 2011 6:30 PM

    Keep old ROGER. Want a committee to decide?

    Guess what an elephant is. A mouse designed by committee. Time to make the decision? Year. Get over it boys and have some cheese with that whine.

  68. macjacmccoy says: Aug 18, 2011 7:31 PM

    “Either way, Pryor’s best play will be to lay low until after the supplemental draft. Then, if he’s drafted, he can decide whether to further stir things up by fighting the five-game suspension.”

    Wow. That’s actually good advice, But broken clocks and all.

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