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I am not a Terrelle Pryor fan. As a college quarterback, he never really displayed the type of poise, pocket presence, passing accuracy or decision-making that I believe are necessary for him to become a starter at the NFL level.
Off the field, he has been worse.
Having said that, the five-game suspension that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handed him as part of a deal to become eligible for today’s NFL supplemental draft — replacing the five-game suspension he skipped out on at Ohio State — is absolutely ludicrous.
Since when did the NFL and NCAA become partners on matters of discipline and ethics? These are two separate, distinct multibillion-dollar corporations that have operated completely independently of one another for decades.
Their only relationship to one another comes from the arbitrary age requirement that limits college freshmen or sophomores from turning pro too early, allowing the universities to provide them with free training the NFL owners don’t have to pay for.
Beyond that, they are not partners, they are not allies and they are not friends. So how is it that Goodell can impose a penalty on Pryor for infractions committed while he was a college student?
Goodell found Pete Carroll’s employment by the Seattle Seahawks perfectly acceptable, despite Carroll’s role in USC’s current probation for rules infractions committed on his watch. He never suggested NFL punishment for Reggie Bush after he was forced to return his Heisman Trophy for cheating in college.
But now he’s trying to claim a moral high ground for the NFL? A league that employs the likes of Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress, Donte’ Stallworth and the recently-retired Leonard Little, among many other convicted criminals?
And before you shout that Pryor won’t play in the first five games with his new team anyway, remember that there is money involved here, too. Pryor will lose five game checks thanks to Goodell’s grandstanding.
Pryor’s crimes were committed in college. If his punishment wasn’t served there, thanks to ex-coach Jim Tressell’s cover-up and the BCS’s embarrassing decision not to suspend him for the Sugar Bowl once his tattoos for-merchandise scheme went public, then it can’t be served at all.
In other words, Apple doesn’t get to dock the pay of a new hire because he once stole office supplies at Microsoft. If Microsoft missed it, that’s on them.
- Why do I get the feeling that the Raiders — after Jason Campbell was forced out of the game at the hands of the Niners — will put in a bid on Pryor that’s at least two rounds higher than anyone else? And that such a bid will be a colossal mistake?
- If I’m new Tennessee coach Mike Munchak, I’m marching into the front office and laying guys out. Chris Johnson is one of the two best backs in football, and he cannot play at a million bucks per year. They should not ask him to. Not when they have the right to cut him if he underperforms his contract. Pay the man.
- Why is the Brady Quinn vs. Tim Tebow backup quarterback battle generating national attention? The way those guys throw, it’s like wall-to-wall coverage of a free-throw competition between Shaquille O’Neal and Ben Wallace.
- Michael Vick still doesn’t get it. He says he wants to get another dog, because he misses his “companions.” The man tortured and killed his companions in the most brutal manner possible, and he wants more of them? Sure, and let’s allow Phillip Garrido to adopt a daughter while we’re at it.
- Twenty minutes after the Indianapolis Colts announced last week that they were preparing to start the season without Peyton Manning, the lines on every bridge in Indiana were three jumpers deep.
Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.