Saturday, October 1, 2011

NFL upheld Terrelle Pryor's 5 game suspension!

The NFL upheld Terrelle Pryor's five-game suspension on Friday, a ruling that will trigger a non-injury grievance on Pryor's behalf by the NFL Players' Association, a union source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Pryor of  the... decision on Friday afternoon. "I believe it is a fair conclusion that he intentionally took steps to ensure that he would be declared ineligible for further college play and would be able to enter the NFL via the supplemental draft," Goodell said in a news release. "Taken as a whole, I found that this conduct was tantamount to a deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules in a way that distorts the underlying principles and calls into question the integrity of those rules."

The quarterback left Ohio State rather than serve a five-game suspension given by the NCAA. "This smacks of a calculated effort to manipulate our eligibility rules in a way that undermines the integrity of, and public confidence in, those rules," Goodell said. The commissioner said, in his judgement, what Pryor tried to do reflects poorly on college football and the NFL "by making it into a sanctuary where a player cannot only avoid the consequences of his conduct, but be paid for doing so."

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