NFL Commissioner Goodell decided to enforce the 5 game suspension of former OSU QB Pryor in his league. This not only sets a very dangerous precedent it ties the credibility of the Commissioner, the league and his power to deal with off field behavior of the players and coaches to that of the NCAA. The issue is that the NCAA has done everything it can to destroy whatever credibility it still had.
Pryor who sold a legal item that belonged to him for a legitimate market value. He got a 5 game suspension. Under the US Constitution not even the federal government can penalize someone for selling a legal product that belonged to them. What gives the NCAA that power? I have said several times that if one of the players had been my son, I would have sued the NCAA for every dime it ever even dreamed about seeing.
Then the same power that gave Pryor and other Buckeye players a 5 game suspension faced
another issue. University of Miami QB Jacoby Harris and others got gifts of thousands of dollars from a convicted felon and he got a 1 game suspension. WHAT???????
U of M has had a history of major violations and yet they get 1 game for their key players?
WHAT 2 ???????????
If the NFL Commish had any doubts about following the NCAA off the cliff, this latest decision should cause him to take a step back from the ledge.
What about players like North Carolina DL McDoo who was permanently suspended for among other violations committing academic fraud. Mr. Goodell, would under your Pryor ruling be prohibited from EVER playing in the pro league? Of course not. So what is the difference? We are all waiting for an explanation.
This is a stupid and dangerous precedent that Goodell will come to regret. He is following the lead of a group that has less credibility than promised spending cuts from Congress. You cannot get much less credibility than that.
That is what I think. Tell me what you think.
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- Terrelle Pryor Apologizes in Afternoon Press Conference (brutusreport.com)
- NCAA Yet To Decide Ohio State Sanctions (brutusreport.com)