Pryor's Attorney Threatens Legal Action vs ESPN

June 9, 2011 at 4:10p    by Jason Priestas    
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buckeyedude's picture

This reminds me a hellava lot of the MoC lawsuit. Which failed miserably, BTW.

 

 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Dear Lord, this is going to take an interesting turn isn't it?

At least TP doesn't look like he is going to be singing for the NCAA.

Maestro's picture

What's a "hornet's test"?

vacuuming sucks

Bucks's picture

Haven't seen anyone mention this & not sure if I remember it correctly ... but to enter the supplemental draft (having not entered originally), don't you need to have had your ability to play change since that time?

As for any comments or claims out of Pryor & anyone in his camp, I'll give it as much credibility as his statement on twitter "I paid for my tatoos, Go Bucks."

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

maybe he paid for them with autograph $

Banned from ATO since June 3rd 2PMish PST

Bucks's picture

& nevermind on the supplemental question. Wasn't thinking about him being gone from the NCAA at this point.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Technically, Pryor wasn't lying when he said that, Bucks. Getting free tattoos wasn't why TP was suspened for five games.

Bucks's picture

Debating technicalities with me about Pryor? Might be here all evening. The purpose of the quote was clear & sorry, it was a clear lie for me. To each his own.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm just saying, he wasn't lying. Granted, the money probably came from items he sold against NCAA rules. But if I were to sell my signed A.J. Hawk mini helmet and were to go buy a tattoo with the money I recieved, it would still be considered me paying for my tattoo.

Bucks's picture

I understand your point of view, so don't misinterpret me. My point of view is you have no clue what was used for what. At the time, TP made that statement as a means to try to reassure others that the story wasn't correct, something he himself knew to be true. So, for me ... it is deceiving. As for debating the semantics of having cash in hand from selling something I'm not permitted to, getting discounted tats/services or making thousands on items ... I'm just not going to go there. No point. Each person has their own view.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I agree that he was an idiot for posting that. Because at that point he knew he was in trouble and probably already knew of his five game suspension. So you really have to be dense to post that on twitter.

Brutus's picture

Is anyone else concerned that Pryor's own lawyer just admitted that he was selling stuff as a freshman? That means at the very least, he would have been ineligible during his sophomore season so that would vacate all of 2009 and the Rose Bowl. Could even vacate the 2008 season if he started selling stuff right away as a freshman. Frankly, it this was the case, then I think it has already been disclosed to OSU compliance and will factor into the NCAA's punishment so I don't think the lawyer is making any revelations. Still, it's in poor form for your own lawyer to implicate you in additional violations.

JakeBuckeye's picture

"Is anyone else concerned that Pryor's own lawyer just admitted that he was selling stuff as a freshman?"

This has been known ever since Pryor was suspended? That's what Pryor was suspended for, selling items his freshmen year.

Bucks's picture

I would say the only thing that stuck out to me in the attorney comments was:

 

"James said he did not know that meeting would lead to his representation of the troubled former star. He went on to say that "most" of Pryor's wrongdoing is limited to the selling of memorabilia "when he was a freshman, 18 or 19 years old at the time"."

Saying your client only made mistakes during the time previously known vs saying most of the mistakes were made then, are entirely different things.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I don't think the lawyer was implying additonal violations though, other than the ones TP was already suspended for. We knew TP sold items from 2008 as a freshmen (18 or 19 years old), and that was why TP was suspended for five games. So its not really anything new to the NCAA, Ohio State, or even us fans.

EDIT: I see what you are saying now, Bucks. Though in your original comment it seemed you thought the issue was a new revelation that he was selling things his freshmen year.

NW Buckeye's picture

Vacating wins from an earlier season would only happen if there was proof OSU knew about it and covered it up.  No such allegations have been made.  The only reason we are talking about vacated wins from last year is because of the way Tressel handled it.  The NCAA already knew this stuff took place their freshman year and they issued a 5 game suspension and allowed them to play in the bowl.  Nothing the atty. has stated has changed any of that. 

Bucks's picture

I realize some come along, read a paragraph & choose to comment ... but in this case, it might have been prudent to read the continuous convo between us both. We are both aware of what you stated.

 

NW Buckeye's picture

I actually was comenting as you two were exchanging comments.  Should have done a refresh before I posted. That's what I get for leaving my browser open on the same page without a refresh. 

Bucks's picture

Guess time will tell on that one!

Brutus's picture

Got it. I knew that all the Pryor sales that led to the suspension occurred in 2009, which I automatically assumed was the 2009 season (hence he would have been a sophomore). However, he was still a freshman during the first part of 2009. My mistake. Doesn't matter. We're still f-ed.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Just had a heart attack: checked out 2 minutes of Sportsnation and Cowherd talked very highly of TP.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

poop's picture

Colin is a contrarian no matter how many times he says otherwise. Buckeye fans are ripping Pryor a new one so it must mean it's time for Colin to something none of us can see. Thanks Colin!

btalbert25's picture

Yeah the day after Tress resigned he was ripping Pryor for being a moron.

btalbert25's picture

I love the ole slavery comparisons.  Free Education, Free housing, free healthcare, all the women they want, great gear, and trips to bowls, rough life.  Sign me up for that kind of slavery PLEASE.  Slavery in the new world, and the collection of those slaves in Africa was won of the most brutal and horrific chapters of human history.  Making comparisons that are so out of bounds is insulting and diminishes how horrible it was.  It is as tasteless as making Holocaust analogies. 

Denny's picture

Maybe we should add a new clause to Godwin's Law that relates to sports and slavery.

Taquitos.

Maestro's picture

It appears to be headed that way.  How many slavery references have we heard in the NCAA/NFL labor discussions in the past few months?

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture

It's a good idea.  I absolutely HATE the references to slavery and the Hitler/Nazis. 

Dean's picture

The slavery remarks, of course, cross the line, but let's be fair - these guys are generating far more value than is given to them by the universities.  The education, housing, and health insurance, while nice, don't even come close to matching what they would earn if they had realistic professional options before age 21, and they are a ridiculous pittance compared with the lost earnings of someone who, while stuck playing in college when he could've gone pro, suffers a career-ending injury.  I'm not sure which gear you are referring to - the AD of the university I'm at told a group of us that all athletes are required by NCAA rules to return any gear given to them by the university, and the little gifts given by the bowls are also pittances compared to the value that OSU gets out of having a big fan draw like Pryor.  As for the women, they are not provided by the university as compensation, and these guys would be getting them whether they were on scholarship or not, so I'm not sure how that is relevant, except maybe as a way of showing that we should ignore out of jealousy the unfairness that they are forced to accept.

I enjoy amateur athletics as much as the next person on this site, but given the fact that the professional leagues in the US are set up in such a way that the NCAA has a monopsony in the 18-21 year old athlete market, so that these athletes have no realistic options in regards to where they "work" and for what payment (tuition or otherwise), the current system is completely unjust and, I think, untenable.

*This is not a defense of Pryor or anyone else involved in breaking the rules, merely a criticism of those rules.