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August 18, 2011

Pryor included in NFL draft, must sit out 5 games: Terrelle Pryor will have an opportunity to pursue his NFL dreams, with one significant caveat: The former Ohio State star must still pay for breaking NCAA rules while he was in college.

posted by Folkways to football at 05:45 PM - 12 comments

Ill be the first to call BullShit on this decision. Why does this guy get special consideration?

posted by Folkways at 05:47 PM on August 18

Have to agree. It stinks. What's to keep any talented college player from continuing to break rules and keep taking cash, knowing if, at the worst, they get caught and still get in the NFL?

posted by dyams at 06:13 PM on August 18

I'm curious how the NFL can suspend someone before they even come under the jurisdiction of the league? I know Pryor (and his agent) agreed to it, but seems a little odd.

I can also appreciate the NFL throwing a bone to its minor league the NCAA, but it sets a weird precedent -- at what level now will the NFL apply this to other incoming players? And how's about suspending guys for beating their significant others, Roger?

posted by wfrazerjr at 06:38 PM on August 18

The dark lord Goodell's reach grows.

posted by brainofdtrain at 08:15 PM on August 18

Why shouldn't he have been eligible for the draft?

The league informed clubs that Pryor "made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL draft."

Since when did hiring an agent make you ineligible for the draft? Hiring an agent is universally accepted as an indication that you plan to enter the draft.

posted by bender at 09:08 PM on August 18

It makes sense. The NFL wants to do everything it can to keep it's minor league without having to pay for it.

I look forward to all the people accused of serious crimes to serve similar suspensions. I don't think it will ever happen, but I look forward to it.

posted by Bonkers at 10:48 AM on August 19

I look forward to all the people accused of serious crimes to serve similar suspensions. I don't think it will ever happen, but I look forward to it.

Likely wont seeing as Pryor's attorney now says they will appeal the 5 game suspension as soon as Pryor signs with a team (if drafted).

posted by Folkways at 10:55 AM on August 19

I would not call this a suspension, but a condition. It should be a condition of someone who wishes to have (be entered into) a supplemental draft, regardless of reason. By having it as a "condition" removes legal issues; if a player wants in, they must accept these terms or, stay in school or, wait until the next draft.

posted by jjzucal at 11:11 AM on August 19

I would not call this a suspension, but a condition.

You can call it a condition but the NFL are calling it a 5 game suspension.

Side note: Pryor is being suspended for more games than actual NFL players that were suspended for getting arrested or caught using illegal substances.

posted by BornIcon at 12:34 PM on August 19

I would not call this a suspension, but a condition.

Changing the language doesn't make a lick of difference. You could say "now, Player X you were arrested in the offseason, so as a condition of us letting you play this year, you have to sit out the first four games. You can accept these terms or not play" and the end effect is the same.

posted by dfleming at 06:06 PM on August 19

Pryor is being suspended for more games than actual NFL players that were suspended for getting arrested or caught using illegal substances.

You forgot to include allegedly raping women.

posted by sgtcookzane at 10:27 PM on August 19

Probably because they were allegations.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:05 AM on August 22

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