August 21, 2011

Terrelle Pryor Will Appeal His Five-Game Suspension?

     Are you kidding me? 

     He was allowed to play in a BCS Bowl after agreeing to come back this year and face a 5-game suspension.  The NCAA and Jim Tressel held up their end of the bargain.  Suddenly Jim Tressel gets coerced out of his job, and now Pryor just doesn't feel like returning for eight-thirteenths of his senior year.  Hey, how about the NFL?  He can just go there, not get suspended and make money, right?  One problem, the draft already happened, and to enter the supplemental draft, your eligibility status has to have changed (Pryor's had not).  So the NFL, understanding how awkward it would be for Pryor to return to Ohio State, lets him enter the supplemental draft.  But wait, now there's no punishment for him breaking NCAA rules and breaking his promise to his school.  The NFL decides that it would only be fair to move his agreed-upon five-game suspension to his first NFL season.  I have no problem with any of this.  (Except Pryor being allowed in the Sugar Bowl but that's not really the issue at hand here.)

     How does Pryor re-pay the NFL for its infinite kindness?  He make plans to appeal his suspension.  I understand he wants to do what's best for his career, but at some point you have to own up to your wrongdoings and take your punishment like a man.  If I was the GM of a team, I would stop considering him right now.  He's been fighting the system throughout the whole thing, and I don't expect him to be any different once he gets signed by a team.

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