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Goodell spends 80 minutes hearing Pryor appeal

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For a case that involves no dispute regarding the facts but only a question of whether the applicable agreements and/or policies permit the suspension of an incoming player based on things that happened while he was in college, the hearing on the appeal of a five-game suspension could be handled in five minutes, or fewer.  But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell devoted 80 minutes to the appeal of Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Present at 280 Park Avenue were agent Drew Rosenhaus, NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, NFL executive Adolpho Birch, NFLPA outside counsel Jeffery Kessler, NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen, and others.  Pryor did not attend.

No timetable has been provided for a resolution.  Pryor has asked that the process be expedited.

The appeal centers on the question of whether Goodell has the authority to suspend players like Pryor under the CBA or any other policies that may apply.

In the end, Goodell will be reviewing a decision Goodell already made.  As explained during today’s PFT Live, that’s an arrangement that’s problematic for everyone involved.

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18 Responses to “Goodell spends 80 minutes hearing Pryor appeal”
  1. realdraftgm says: Sep 15, 2011 3:13 PM

    There needs to be a third party this is ridiculous that is why different courts hear appeals in cases like the 8th circuit handling after judge nelson originally ruled in lockout case. Goodell is trying to be the judge the jury and the judge again come on Goodell quit trying to be a mobb boss or obviously you won’t so someone needs to quit letting you be one hmnhmn hello 32 nfl owners or congress whoever is reading

  2. pappysarcasm says: Sep 15, 2011 3:15 PM

    Too bad! The Union had theirchance to push for a change and backed down when Goodell held his ground! So it seems he does indeed have the authority, regardless if a failed lawyer and equally bad blogger likes it or not!

  3. alewatcher says: Sep 15, 2011 3:16 PM

    Goodell: “Upon further review, I was right.”

  4. Land Snark says: Sep 15, 2011 3:21 PM

    Goodell will get back to Pryor in a month.

  5. FinFan68 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:24 PM

    Why waste everybody’s time? This decision was political and not based on facts or principles. I don’t think he should be able to suspend someone who was not employed at the time (lockout is different) of the issue. Goodell was wrong to allow Pryor into the supplemental in the first place. This whole thing is some kind of ridiculous compromise. Pryor gets to get in the league a year early and the league gets to “make a statement” that you can’t circumvent the college rules and escape to the pros–unless those rules deal with eligibility or your name is Pete Carroll

  6. clwb419 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:36 PM

    realdraftgm says:
    Sep 15, 2011 3:13 PM
    There needs to be a third party this is ridiculous that is why different courts hear appeals in cases like the 8th circuit handling after judge nelson originally ruled in lockout case. Goodell is trying to be the judge the jury and the judge again come on Goodell quit trying to be a mobb boss or obviously you won’t so someone needs to quit letting you be one hmnhmn hello 32 nfl owners or congress whoever is reading

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    realdraftgm – as pappysarcasm, the union had their chance to push back on this and didn’t. get over it. and learn about punctuation please. You’re missing some commas and periods.

  7. blackbeardk says: Sep 15, 2011 3:36 PM

    Heck, he isn’t going to play anyways, keep the game suspensions, but let him practice with the team!

  8. PFT: Goodell hears Pryor’s appeal of suspension :MSNBC says: Sep 15, 2011 3:54 PM

    […] Posted September 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm PFT: Goodell hears Pryor’s appeal of suspension Original post by msnbc.com: US news […]

  9. favreforever says: Sep 15, 2011 4:05 PM

    “Take it back, Roger!”

    “Can’t make me!”.

  10. foreveralion says: Sep 15, 2011 4:07 PM

    realdraftgm – as pappysarcasm, the union had their chance to push back on this and didn’t. get over it. and learn about punctuation please. You’re missing some commas and periods.

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    I shouldn’t even point out the irony in this.

  11. themars211 says: Sep 15, 2011 4:35 PM

    How would you like to be a defendant in a case where the prosecutor, judge, jury, and jailor was all the same person?? Just seems like a conflict of interest tom me.

  12. igeorgiaboy says: Sep 15, 2011 5:03 PM

    NFLPA weren’t going to waste time on Pryor because what he did was “wrong” under NCAA rules (not that I agree). Pryor wants the suspension lifted so he can get paid … It’s not about helping the raiders win more than 4 or 5 games this season it’s about him paying back the boosters and who spotted him the cash flow up in Columbus. Pryor is just looking out for himself.. It is what it is

  13. GhostoftheBay says: Sep 15, 2011 5:09 PM

    “Pryor did not attend”; kind of like Raiders fans at home games.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Sep 15, 2011 5:09 PM

    Screw him, expand the suspension until next season for filing the appeal. Al Davis deserves it for taking him in the supplemental draft.

  15. browniebuck says: Sep 15, 2011 5:52 PM

    Didn’t Pryor say, after he was allowed in the Supplemental Draft, that he wouldn’t appeal any suspension that he was given? This piece of crap is nothing more than that…a piece of crap. He lied to get into the NFL, he lied pathologically to try to stay at Ohio State before it became clear that wasn’t going to happen. I don’t care how athletic this jacka55 is, he is a cancer and only cares about himself and what is good for him. He will throw any and everyone under the bus to protect his backside. We should have known that he was going to be more trouble than what he was worth when he first delayed his college choice…and then said that he was going to attend the University of Ohio State…aye aye aye!!!

    As a huge Buckeye fan…I only hope that Braxton Miller isn’t cut from anywhere near the same mold.

  16. siggy00 says: Sep 15, 2011 6:09 PM

    His suspension will be reduced to half.

    Just watch.

  17. tr975 says: Sep 15, 2011 6:17 PM

    If they thought Pryor was circumventing the rules of entering the NFL, then the NFL should have just said he wasn’t eligible to enter the league, either through the supplemental draft or as a free agent, until the end of Ohio State’s football season, regardless as to whether or not he was no longer a member of that team. Giving Pryor (and Tressel, to an extent) a suspension based on actions that occurred before they were even a part of the NFL was wrong, and it will show the NFL’s hypocrisy when they do not suspend every other player or coach coming into the NFL who has some sort of checkered history and seeks to enter the NFL because they are, in effect, no longer welcome at the college level.

  18. opie333 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:46 PM

    let him play dick head!

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