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May 10, 2012

Terrelle Pryor: I Sold Uniform to Help Mother: Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, punished by the NCAA for selling his uniform pants for $3,000, said he did it to help his mother pay her bills. "The reason why I did it was to pay my mother's gas bill and some of her rent," he told Sports Illustrated. "She was four months behind in rent. ... It was freezing cold in November, December, and she's using the oven as heat. ... Whenever I write my book, the proof will be in there, the receipt that the money I gave my mother was to pay the electric and heat bill. That's what I did as a kid. I was telling the NCAA, 'Please, anything that you can do. I gave my mother this so my sister wouldn't be cold, so my mother wouldn't be cold.' They didn't have any sympathy for me."

posted by rcade to football at 10:30 AM - 15 comments

It is sad the obscene amounts of money the NCAA and its schools make off these young men, but like a lot of others, he felt it was worth the risk and took the chance.

posted by bo_fan at 12:22 PM on May 10

I'm sure that book will not come off as a vindictive, self-serving rebuttal at all.

Not that TP may have legitimate points and that his family may very well have had need (I'm not going to criticize him for that), but I just don't think the book is going to help him that much.

posted by Bonkers at 12:37 PM on May 10

NCAA athletes should be able to earn at least a small amount of money for playing their sport. I earned money editing the school newspaper. It wasn't much, but I didn't need much for food, beer, comics and a hovel.

posted by rcade at 01:09 PM on May 10

but I didn't need much for food, beer, comics and a hovel.

You lived in a hovel?

Luxury!

posted by grum@work at 01:44 PM on May 10

It wasn't much, but I didn't need much for food, beer, comics porno mags, pot, and a hovel.

So our experiences were similar, but not identical.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:06 PM on May 10

What if some of the comics were pornographic?

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on May 10

Ah, Cherry. A more innocent time.

posted by yerfatma at 02:37 PM on May 10

What if some of the porn mags had comics?

posted by Bonkers at 02:53 PM on May 10

Ah, Cherry. A more innocent time.

It's troubling you knew exactly what I was referring to.

posted by rcade at 04:28 PM on May 10

It's troubling to me that I didn't.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:43 PM on May 10

It's troubling you knew exactly what I was referring to.

AWESOME! I was too young for that. Always saw them in the comic shop solicitations thing, never even bothered to try to buy one.

posted by yerfatma at 04:56 PM on May 10

Kids today don't know how much tougher it was to be exposed to filth before the web. Cherry Poptart was a concentrated dosage of wrong from the first Archie-inspired panel on.

I think we've officially derailed this discussion.

posted by rcade at 05:05 PM on May 10

Like all kids who grew up with a total lack of privacy from snooping parents, I used to get my revenge by poking around in the corners of my folks' closets. Not long after my twelfth birthday I discovered a trove of unmentionables, scores of condoms, soft bondage toys, fem dom lit, several Zap Comix, a few issues of Tales from the Leather Nun, and a nearly complete run of Cherry Poptart.

Needless to say, I grew up pretty quickly after reading all that. And I learned to identify otherwise baffling nocturnal sounds emanating from behind the parental bedroom door.

posted by Hugh Janus at 05:13 PM on May 10

Well, if I ever get a do-over on childhood, I'm going back and seeking out Hugh so we can hang out. Any word on whether Terrelle Pryor sold anything to purchase copies of Cherry Poptart for underprivileged youths (e.g., me)?

Cherry does not age, but perpetually has "just turned 18".[1] She was ranked 82nd in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list

Only nerds could fuck something like that up. Who the hell were #81-1?

posted by yerfatma at 05:52 PM on May 10

Oh my, Zap Comix. You know, in a lot of ways, I think this was an extremely healthy influence, and I do say that in all seriousness.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:59 PM on May 10

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