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MasterOfPuppets
09-04-2011, 11:06 AM
not that i give a rats ass about pryor , but i agree 100% that if he is suspended so should be tressel.


http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/31732903?source=rss_teams_Pittsburgh_Steelers

(http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1631107)Terrelle Pryor (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1631107) has notified the NFL and the NFL Player's Association that he intends to appeal the five-game suspension handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell as part of the league's decision to allow Pryor to be eligible for the supplemental draft last month (http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/31395813), the NFL Network (http://twitter.com/#%21/AlbertBreer/statuses/110360412180070400)'s Albert Breer is reporting.

If nothing else, you have to appreciate the timing. On Friday, the Colts (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/IND) hired Jim Tressel, Pryor's coach at Ohio State before a scandal led to Pryor leaving school and Tressel resigning, as a game-day consultant. The problem: the move was made without the approval of the league office (http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6384866/31696654), and according to a PFT.com (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/03/nfl-will-review-jim-tressels-status-with-colts/) source, the league must give the OK before all hires become official.

Yahoo.com's Doug Farrar tweeted (http://twitter.com/#%21/SC_DougFarrar/statuses/110360880549593088) Sunday morning that it was a "Smart decision by Pryor and his people to appeal five-game suspension now. NFL has to address Tressel, change the [suspension], or REALLY look bad."

As we found out with the lockout, these things are as much about right and wrong as they are about winning the public relations battle. Then again, Goodell has shown in the past that he's willing to make unpopular decisions. Steelers (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/PIT) backup quarterback and longtime Pryor mentor, Charlie Batch (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/12204), recently told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Goodell has too much power.

"He took it to another level when he said he was going to suspend Terrelle Pryor for five games and he wasn't even in the NFL last year," he said (http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/31626554). "How can you do that? It's not right. It's not right at all."

Players have also taken issue with Goodell arbitrarily meting out punishment, perhaps none more vocal in recent years (http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/30695760/2) than Batch's teammate, linebacker James Harrison (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/303162). (More proof that there appears to be no method to Goodell's perceived madness: he didn't suspend Kenny Britt (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1115016) or Aqib Talib (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/517808) for serious and persistent offseason incidents.)

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said on August 24 that Pryor would not appeal the suspension (http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/31513620). Clearly, that has changed.

Now, in addition to the Tressel situation, the league will also have to deal with Pryor appealing his five-game suspension. As for the former, PFT's Mike Florio notes that it's not a question of if the NFL will allow Tressel to work for the Colts, but when.

"In Tresselís case, the league faces a tricky decision," Florio wrote Saturday. "Notions of fairness and consistency require the league to treat Tressel, who resigned from Ohio State under duress after admitting that he failed to share with the NCAA information regarding activities that jeopardized the eligibility of Pryor and other players, the same way that it treated Pryor. By delaying Tresselís entry to the NFL, the league would be bolstering the perception that overt favors are now being done for the curators of the free farm system.

"The question doesnít become relevant until the Colts submit Tresselís contract for approval by the league office. It hasnít happened yet. Once it does, Tresselís fate will be in the Commissionerís hands."

The easiest way for the league to avoid the potential PR fallout? Punish both parties in a manner than most people would deem fair. History suggests that Goodell doesn't fully understand that dynamic. Or maybe he does and he doesn't care. Either way, the commissioner now has two more things on his to-do list with the start of the season less than a week away.

theplatypus
09-04-2011, 12:02 PM
I'm not a fan of Goodell, but I'm glad he suspended Pryor. The way I see it something has to be done about the win at all costs mentality that's permeated our society. I would like to see a strict personal code of conduct instituted and enforced in all levels of sport. Coaches, players, and parents that are involved in incidents similar too what happened in Sarasota the other day need to be banned from participating, period. We've essentially created a society where it's acceptable to do whatever you want and then be rewarded with millions and I am over it.

Fvck Vick and Burress and everyone like them, they had their golden ticket and lost it. I don't care if they've paid there debt too society or not as far as I'm concerned they shouldn't be allowed to play in the NFL anymore. For the people that say Burress was treated unfairly because he's a celebrity all I can say is **** off. The law in NYC is very clear and it's the duty of a gun owner too know the law and be responisble. He's a ****ing millionaire, either pay $100 for a carry permit or hire a body guard. He played a stupid game and won a stupid prize.

tanda10506
09-04-2011, 01:09 PM
Fvck Vick and Burress and everyone like them, they had their golden ticket and lost it. I don't care if they've paid there debt too society or not as far as I'm concerned they shouldn't be allowed to play in the NFL anymore. For the people that say Burress was treated unfairly because he's a celebrity all I can say is **** off. The law in NYC is very clear and it's the duty of a gun owner too know the law and be responisble. He's a ****ing millionaire, either pay $100 for a carry permit or hire a body guard. He played a stupid game and won a stupid prize.

I agree completely, I carry a gun LEGALLY on me every where I go. If I am traveling, I check the laws in the area I'm traveling through and to. Hell, Burress was living in NY. The worst part too is that he shot himself, while hilarious, it's completely unsafe. The fact that that happened shows he was carrying with one in the chamber and the safety off, which is irresponsible. I can't see why anybody with that kind of money would have that kind of problem. As for Vick, I have absolutely zero tolerance for people who abuse animals. I'm sure someone will try to explain it, but mistreating, torturing and killing animals is not in the "culture" of anybody. There's no other way to explain it, when you willingly electricute, beat, and drown man's best friend you are a piece of sh*t. Now Vick might be a better person now, only his CLOSE friends and family would actually know, but I agree with the platypus, he had his chance.

sharkweek
09-04-2011, 04:43 PM
don't really care about Tressel, but his situation is very different from Pryor's, its really not the same thing, not even close

on the one hand you have a student athlete that would have been suspended for 5 games deciding to jump ship to the NFL - likely with the idea that he would not be suspended and be able to make quite a bit of money, basically an upgrade in every scenario - he would be avoiding punishment and being rewarded for it.

On the Tressel side of things he was essentially forced to resign/retire and wouldn't be able to take a college head coaching job at least for a few years. Him being a "game-day consultant" is no where near the same thing as a head coach for a school like Ohio State (which made him more important and revered in the state of Ohio than being headcoach of the Browns or Bengals) and his situation is pretty much a downgrade in every way

Pryor's punishment is mostly to make a statement suggesting that players wouldn't be able to skip out on problems they caused while playing NCAA ball (ie Reggie Bush), whereas Tressel won't be able to live down what he did for a least a few years. It'd be totally different if he immediately jumped to an NFL headcoaching position where he'd make as much if not more than coaching for OSU. But even then I don't know if anything would happen, heck, just look at Pete Carroll, if that dude can get away with what happened at USC with no NFL consequences then why should Tressel be punished?

MasterOfPuppets
09-04-2011, 09:24 PM
don't really care about Tressel, but his situation is very different from Pryor's, its really not the same thing, not even close

on the one hand you have a student athlete that would have been suspended for 5 games deciding to jump ship to the NFL - likely with the idea that he would not be suspended and be able to make quite a bit of money, basically an upgrade in every scenario - he would be avoiding punishment and being rewarded for it.

On the Tressel side of things he was essentially forced to resign/retire and wouldn't be able to take a college head coaching job at least for a few years. Him being a "game-day consultant" is no where near the same thing as a head coach for a school like Ohio State (which made him more important and revered in the state of Ohio than being headcoach of the Browns or Bengals) and his situation is pretty much a downgrade in every way

Pryor's punishment is mostly to make a statement suggesting that players wouldn't be able to skip out on problems they caused while playing NCAA ball (ie Reggie Bush), whereas Tressel won't be able to live down what he did for a least a few years. It'd be totally different if he immediately jumped to an NFL headcoaching position where he'd make as much if not more than coaching for OSU. But even then I don't know if anything would happen, heck, just look at Pete Carroll, if that dude can get away with what happened at USC with no NFL consequences then why should Tressel be punished?

the bottom line is they both broke NCAA rules ...not NFL rules. if GODell has claimed the right to suspend a player who was in no way, shape or form , affiliated with NFL at the time of his wrong doing , then the same standard should be applied to coaches.