Pryor formally asks NFLPA to appeal suspension

The appeal of the five-game suspension handed down to Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor keeps on moving forward.

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that Pryor formally asked the NFLPA to appeal the suspension handed down as punishment for the route he took to the NFL Supplemental Draft. Pryor had previously notified the league and the NFLPA of his intention to appeal after a couple of weeks of mixed messages about whether he would fight the punishment. The next step in the process would be a hearing with commissioner Roger Goodell which has yet to be scheduled.

Breer’s previous reports on the appeal have indicated that veteran players and agents who were concerned about the perception that the NFL is enforcing punishment handed down by the NCAA. Pryor was suspended five games for his involvement in the scandal at Ohio State, but he left school before serving that suspension. Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressell is going to serve a six-game suspension before starting his job as a gameday assistant for the Colts for his involvement in the same scandal, furthering the perception that the NFL is making sure the NCAA’s penalties are enforced.

36 responses to “Pryor formally asks NFLPA to appeal suspension

  1. I’m a Raider Fan(atic), and I totally support the suspension. Players and coaches can’t thumb their noses at the collegiate rules and leave without recourse. It’s not fair to the programs they leave behind. I would love to see the suspension of Pryor reduced, but the point needs to be made.

    No offense, Pryor. I can’t wait to see you on dress out for The Nation.

  2. trbowman says:
    Sep 9, 2011 6:43 PM
    Terrelle Pryor is a terrible football player.
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    31-4 at Ohio State, 2 BCS wins, highest recruited high school player

    lets see how it plays out.

    as far the story; Really needs to get past this although it is a valid concern. It’s in his best interest to keep a low profile as Hue Jackson has already suggested, depending on how this shakes out, it will almost be certain the topic will come up again, and it’s non-related to his performance or the Raiders, period.

    To be honest, the NFLPA should’ve done it without him even formerly requesting them to do it.

  3. “…the NFL is making sure the NCAA’s penalties are enforced.”

    And there’s nothing wrong with that.

  4. It raises interesting legal arguments, not emotional arguments.
    If a MLB player was suspended for fighting and jumped ship to the NBA would he also be suspended by an entirely different entity for what he did in an unrelated job?
    At what point do the ramifications end for what someone did in college to what they do as a professional?
    Does the NCAA and the NFL have a contract with each other to support a fine/suspension program?
    Is it constitutional?

    That being said, he’s getting what he deserves, at least as of now, and I’m just a delusional Raiders fan.

  5. bombayjon says:
    I’m a Raider Fan(atic), and I totally support the suspension. Players and coaches can’t thumb their noses at the collegiate rules and leave without recourse.

    Why not?

    The NFL has done exactly that for decades and everything worked out just fine.

    This is yet another case of Roger Goodell and his overwhelming case of self-importance creating controversies for the NFL that should have never existed.

  6. Didn’t this kid say he wouldn’t fight a suspension when it served his purpose of being permitted into the draft? What a lying sack of…

    Worthless.

  7. If Pryor gets his suspension reduced, it’s just going to give him more of an opportunity to practice and learn with the team. The coaching staff understands that his 1st year will be a learning year. The most he’ll get into games, (if at all) will be in Wild Cat formations with McFadden, Bush, Ford, and Taiwan Jones. Just to get his feet wet and build some confidence.

    The Raiders have taken a lot of heat and criticism from Critics and fans when they took Pryor in the Supplemental Draft. I’m very curious to know what other teams put in draft claims for Pryor and in which Rounds. Not sure if we could ever find out about that information.

  8. Regardless of what he said prior (pun intended) it’s his right to appeal, it’s smart and if he only gains the right to practice with the team; it’s a win win for all. No need to take his money and retard (no pun intended for you bashers) his development also. And for someone who played for the Patriots
    in high school…those cleats are bad azz!!

  9. Pryor: “Mr. Commissioner, I know I agreed to this suspension as a condition of being in the supplemental draft, but I’m now appealing it because I think five weeks is wrong.”

    Goodell: “Mr. Pryor, you are correct. Since you are now going back on your word, the suspension is now eight weeks.”

  10. will the saga of terrelle pryor ever end??? please… just go away for five weeks and have your sins forgiven. everyone from ohio to oakland will feel a lot better. enough already.

  11. jagmania65 says:
    Pryor: “Mr. Commissioner, I know I agreed to this suspension as a condition of being in the supplemental draft, but I’m now appealing it because I think five weeks is wrong.”

    As if you know that’s what happened, liar.

    But even if it did, the NFL Commissioner is now using suspensions as a bargaining chip?

    How can anyone support that?

  12. When filling out an application for new employment the new employer asks for previous work references/employers. Based on that information obtained from previous employers your new employer has the right to pay you according to previous work experiences. This is what is happening with Pryor, he messed up with the NCAA and the NFL chose to suspend him based on his previous actions. Man up, pay for your actions an after your suspension is over go out and proove that you are worthy of the new job you now have and remember that pay raises in the future is based on performance so you better be good at the job if you want a raise with a new contract, if you make it that far that is…

  13. Just shut up and take your punishment. He shouldn’t of been allowed in the supplemental draft. Waiting until next April would have maybe resulted in a 7th round pick and an appropriate contract.

  14. the suspension would never pass legal review. the ncaa and the nfl, like it or not, are two seperate entities. when you apply for a job and the background check comes back with red flags, the prospective employer won’t hire you with conditions, they simply don’t hire you. if the nfl felt that terrelle pryor was an unsavory character, they should have ruled him ineligible until next year.

    don’t hate the player, hate the game. though to be honest, i don’t think pryor is much too get that hot over.

    goodell is trying to set precedent while hoping the nflpa looks the other way. for the good of the game, this shouldn’t happen.

  15. thefiesty1 says:
    Just shut up and take your punishment. He shouldn’t of been allowed in the supplemental draft.

    You’re trying to say he shouldn’t *have* been allowed.

    Just shut up and take your grammar lesson.

  16. Take it easy on Pryor people. This is clearly Al Davis thumbing his nose at the NFL.

    The way AD views it, it’s been him vs. the NFL ever since he opposed the NFL/AFL merger and ever since he refused to move out of the Bay Area (as the 49ers wanted it post-merger). He’s going to rib the NFL any chance he gets.

    And like many people have pointed out, it’s ultimately the right thing to do – the suspension would never pass legal review.

  17. And another thing –

    @steelturf76
    “When filling out an application for new employment the new employer asks for previous work references/employers. Based on that information obtained from previous employers your new employer has the right to pay you according to previous work experiences….”

    Any thoughts on what would happen to your QB if he gets cut and the next team Google’s his record towards women? Way to throw in “previous work experiences”. I’m sure you’d like to hide behind your QBs onfield production, and I could throw out 31-4 at Ohio State, 2 BCS wins, etc, so clearly you’re not talking about “work experience”. At least my QB was just selling jerseys for tattoos.

    So get over it, this guy isn’t working the same job you and I are working.

  18. furthermore, it’s interesting how so many in here like to talk smack about obama for overstepping his bounds as president but have no problem with goodell doing the same.

  19. steelturf76 says:
    Sep 9, 2011 9:19 PM
    When filling out an application for new employment the new employer asks for previous work references/employers. Based on that information obtained from previous employers your new employer has the right to pay you according to previous work experiences. This is what is happening with Pryor, he messed up with the NCAA and the NFL chose to suspend him based on his previous actions. Man up, pay for your actions an after your suspension is over go out and proove that you are worthy of the new job you now have and remember that pay raises in the future is based on performance so you better be good at the job if you want a raise with a new contract, if you make it that far that is…
    ———————–
    I see your logic but sorry man.. The NCAA was not Pryors previous employer! Pryor did not get a paycheck from the NCAA! He got “perks” from OSU but that had nothing to do with the NCAA! OSU did that behind their back and got busted! The NCAA does not employ any players.. Colleges don’t either! You don’t get paid to play college sports! The NFL doesn’t pay players either! The teams pay players! All the NFL does is set guidelines and a salary cap to help keep parity in the league!

  20. who in the hell gave the little dictator the authority to enforce rules of other organizations? This guy is out of control and whether or not someone likes the player or the teams involved it is not right to allow someone to make up rules without prior authority and guidelines. Too many stupid rules will eventually lead to the downfall of the NFL.

  21. Pryor should just man up & take the 5 game suspension… What are the chances that he’ll be playing in the first 5 games anyway?!? It won’t make a difference whether he’s there or not he needs to chill & study the playbook!!

  22. The main reason for the appeal is to make it possible for Pryor to practice. If he was still at OSU he would be aloud to practice with his team he just couldn’t play in the games.. so Goodell actually gave a much stricter penalty for a matter that doesn’t concern him and I don’t believe for a minute that he was gonna suspend Tressel. Tressel is trying to save his name and just like he did at OSU he is the one who laid the punishment on his self.

  23. as i understand it, pryor is suspended for the undermining, backdoor way he got into the NFL, not what happened at OSU. as well he should. he makes himself look like a punk. he should just man up and shut up and just take his suspension, and get it outta the way, since he won’t be playing anyway. and the commish should look at closing the loophole that let pryor in the supplemental draft to start with.

  24. I dont really like what T. Pryor did in college…..but how can the NFL suspend him for something in college. I think T. Pryor should take Goddell to court over this. Because Goddell is overstepping so many of his boundaries it is sickening. He wasn’t even a member of the NFLPA yet, there is no grounds for suspension.

  25. This has nothing to do with Pryor “manning up”. Pryor since entering the NFL has also become a member of a union (NFLPA). Once in a union you have to appeal and file grievances anytime “management” (Goodell) oversteps or is in anyway unjust; you have to do whats best for the whole. The NFPLA cannot allow Goodell to start handing out sanctions all willy nilly…that’s right I said, willy nilly.

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