Terrelle Pryor's Suspension Upheld By Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has informed Terrelle Pryor that Terrelle Pryor's appeal to Roger Goodell has failed and Roger Goodell's decision to hand Terrelle Pryor a five-game suspension has been affirmed by Roger Goodell.

Pryor will now be suspended for five games, retroactive to Week One. This means that October 9th is the first day that Pryor can be activated by the Raiders, following their game at Houston. Pryor was granted eligibility for this year's NFL Supplemental Draft and was selected with a third-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders on August 22nd. This means that Oakland forfeits their 3rd round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Pryor participated in the remainder of the Raiders' training camp after his selection.

Here are some excerpts from Roger Goodell's ruling to reject the appeal to his very own original ruling, a silly series of events, even for the NFL:

--"Based on Mr. Pryor's actions, 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. 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."
 
--"Mr. Pryor - not Ohio State or the NCAA - made the judgment that he was ineligible for college play, and then took a series of affirmative steps that were intended to, and had the effect of, accomplishing that result. Moreover, Mr. Pryor did so in order to avoid the consequences of his conduct while in college - conduct to which he had admitted and for which he had accepted a suspension - and to hasten the day when he could pursue a potentially lucrative professional career in the NFL."
 
-- "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.  Mr. Pryor made an affirmative decision to remain in college and play for Ohio State in 2011.  He later reconsidered and decided that he wanted to enter the NFL.  In order to do so, he needed to forfeit his remaining college eligibility and took steps to ensure that would happen.  Based on the specific facts presented here, I conclude that Mr. Pryor's actions warranted imposition of conditions on his entry into the NFL, namely, that he serve the same five-game suspension that he had previously agreed to while at Ohio State."
 
-- "In my judgment, allowing players to secure their own ineligibility for college play in order to avoid previously determined disciplinary consequences for admitted conduct reflects poorly not on college football - which acted to discipline the transgressor - but on 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."

Roger Goodell was not available for further comment on his decision to uphold Roger Goodell's original ruling.

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