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Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 4:27 pm
Terrelle Pryor's attorney on Thursday called the latest allegations against the former Ohio State quarterback by ESPN "bogus", threatened legal action, and called the NCAA system a form of "slavery."

Columbus, Ohio, attorney Larry James made the comments Thursday morning while appearing on SiriusXM's "Jason & The GM" show on satellite radio. Thomas described himself as a local figure who had worked with Ohio State in the past and knew AD Gene Smith, president Gordon Gee and former coach Jim Tressel.

"It was probably good for Terrelle to meet persons like myself, African-American lawyers, very successful -- quote, unquote," James said.

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".

Ohio State's problems seemed to escalate Tuesday when reported that Pryor had made $20,000-$40,000 selling memorabilia with the help of a local freelance photographer, Dennis Talbott. Talbott has denied the allegations. 

"I know Dennis Talbott," James said. "I don't mean to belittle Dennis Talbott but Dennis Talbott is not a deep-pockets player. This is out of his league. He does not have this kind of cash. He is not one of those dealers that one would say D has the ability to neg-buying and selling of memorabilia. Dennis was a part-time photographer who knew a lot of players. He was known around town. He is harmless. He definitely did not have that kind of wherewithal to do that kind of stuff and that story is just bogus."

The subsequent "Outside the Lines" report on ESPN, James said, "is close to being reckless and malice and over the line. This is something that Terrelle at the appropriate time may look at once he gets in the position to have the wherewithal to bring that lawsuit."

An unidentified former friend accused Pryor of taking the money in the ESPN reports.

James then went into detail describing Pryor's car situation that has come under scrutiny. With the NCAA curious about that situation, Pryor seemed to brashly drive to a team meeting Monday in a Nissan 350Z with temporary tags.

James explained that Pryor came to Columbus with a Hyundai Sonata purchased by his mother, Thomasina, when he was a senior in Jeanette, Pa. James said that after about a year, "that car practically dies," and Pryor's mother paid $11,000 for a Dodge Charger, again in Jeanette.

Over the next three years, the Charger was serviced "three or four" times requiring the use of a loaner car. At some point the Charger was traded in for the 350Z. The cars had the same approximate monthly payments, $298, according to James.

Six Ohio State players were cited by the NCAA in December for trading memorabilia for tattoos and other benefits late last year. Pryor was among those suspended for the first five games of 2011. However, Sports Illustrated last week quoted a source who witnessed nine other current players swap memorabilia or autographs for tattoos or money.

He then added of the nine new names published in SI, "They will be cleared. They will be cleared."

As for leaving the team when Pryor did, James said there is "division -- as you all know -- in the lockerroom among a lot folks."

"Terrelle looked at a situation where it was a hornet's test to try to continue to play football at Ohio State whether he was cleared or not."

He did not elaborate on that subject nor on the assertion that Pryor has had some "proposals" emailed from the Canadian Football League. James said he probably wouldn't negotiate any professional contract that Pryor would consider. There was no anger from Pryor, he said, after leaving the university.

"Irrespective of how harsh and idiotic we think some of the NCAA rules are, they are still on the books," James said. "They had slavery for all those years. Those rules are still on the books, and the courts uphold them."

James then ranted about the NCAA and its enforcement process.

"You've got a captured system here in college football. It's mandated, dictated, the student-athletes have no rights. They have no relief. It's an archaic, draconian process by which you are basically financed for about 9 1/2 months of your school year and then you're to find the money for whatever else is left. You live in basically poverty throughout that period and you're making a million dollars for institutions."

James said he was not aware of any NCAA violations by Pryor, "over the last couple of years that we have uncovered."

James was questioned by hosts Jason Horowitz, a contributor, and Steve Phillips, the Mets' former GM.

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Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:25 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I hope the Terrelle Pryor does file a lawsuit.  Because he is the plaintiff, he will have to take the stand and answer questions.  If he pleads the fifith, which would be a stupid thing to do if you are trying to prove on tOSU's and tNCAA's part, he will have to convince a jury that he was hurt by all these negative reports.  His attorney will have to subpoena all the people who contributed to the reports and some of Terrelle's buddies will be subpoenaed by the defendants, tOSU and tNCAA.  I can't wait to see the lawsuit and the oncoming countersuit that will happen.  It will be a game of chicken and tPryor will look more like an as s when he chickens out.

Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:50 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action -

There will be NO legal action - LOL.  Just like the newpaper claims of Kentucky incentives to signing Anthony Davis didn't lead to the lawsuit that was threatened.  Why? Because then all parties are under oath and documents, credit card receipts, bank records, phone records, etc. can all be subpoened.  At this point - the alleged $20K-$40K associated with memorbilia would only be associated with NCAA violations - in court if proven (in any amount) would essentially represent "facts" of tax evasion on whatever amount could be proven.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:19 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Yea, thats true but they know nothing but football.Have you ever listen to some of these guys talk?Dumb as sh!t,if it wasn't for being a ballplayer they be fliping burgers.Its the main reason guys like cam and Ingram leave atfer a few years.Theres no way they can get through school and really pass.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 2:33 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

----- A lot of people in my field have no interest in academics either.  However, most companies in my field require a degree in that field.  A large percentage of jobs require a certain number of years of experience.  That isn't even capitalism, that is LIFE.

I'm sure there are surgeons out there who hated school.  I don't know about anyone else, but I'm kind of glad their required to deal with the academics anyhow. -----

There's where we see things a little different. I used to share an opinion similar to yours. Don't get me wrong, I like sports in college. I love college football and hockey. And I think its great that a player can get a chance to get an education because they have an athletic gift. But, I do think its a mockery that there's a waiting period to get to the professional level, which has players in college who have no desire to be a college student. Yes, many of us needed to spend time in college to achieve a job in our given professions. Mine did as well. I despised school with every fiber of my being. But, my job required a, minimum, bachelors degree to even get into the discussion about working. Pro sports only requires time out of high school. So, as I see it, one of two things should be done. 1: The NFL and MLB should follow the example set forth by the MLB and NHL and have some sort of minor league set up for players to go and develop who's sole goal is to play sports. There's still plenty of good athletes who will still go the college route and graduate. Heck, the NHL lets players get drafted during college, and lets them continue to play for that college until they've graduated. Or, 2: Be like every other profession that requires a college education and force a player to earn a degree to even consider being a pro.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:36 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

The dumbest argument that I always hear is that if you do not want the hassel then don't sign up.  What you have to understand is that in order to go to the NBA or NFL you have to go through this system.  MLB and NHL you can get drafted out of leagues or HIGH SCHOOL, but the others force you to prosotitue yourself for their benefit.

If a player wants to go to the NFL or NBA, they must first make a pit stop at college. A lot of players have no interest in academics and are only interested in making it to the next level.

First of all, the NBA or NFL rules do NOT say that players have to go to college, they simply say that the player has to be out of high school for at least one or three years, respectively.  There is nothing preventing those players from sitting on their butts for that time, and then trying to enter the league of their choice.  The reason they don't want to do that is because they won't get drafted as high, giving them the increased pay that comes with that.

A lot of people in my field have no interest in academics either.  However, most companies in my field require a degree in that field.  A large percentage of jobs require a certain number of years of experience.  That isn't even capitalism, that is LIFE.

I'm sure there are surgeons out there who hated school.  I don't know about anyone else, but I'm kind of glad their required to deal with the academics anyhow.

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:09 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

There's some assumption that big-time sports serve some important function for society or a university. They don't, they're just entertainment with a big price tag. I'm a sports nut, totally obsessed with sports in general and college sports in particular, but in my rational moments I can not justify the huge amounts of money being spent on playing fields and basketball courts, equipment, travel and free lodging for a relatively small number of athletes. People serious about bringing corruption and unfairness in college athletics under control should do away with a capitalist system that permits obscene payments for unessential services; and do away with scholarships other than financial-need based. If schools no longer serve as the minor leagues some entrepreneur will set up for-profit developmental leagues. And kids who want a pro career in the glamour sports can pay to play while they're learning or accept the minor-league pay scale that will be provided; or decide that the chances of making it in pro sports are too slim to justify committment to training withjout being treated as royalty, and look at preparing themselves for either a career in something other than sports (as the NCAA ads say) or a life on welfare. Those are the options the rest of us face every day.

My choice would be to do away with capitalism and ensure everyone a living wage and no one gets the millions given for being able to run fast or knock people over. When you get over your knee-jerk BUT THAT'S SOCIALISM reaction you might find that it works a lot better than laying off teachers so the school can commit more resources to a footbal program that probably loses money, for the benefit of big boys with big egos who will then become selfish trillionaires, one cost of which is to let people continue to live in poverty (since the money that could end poverty is being given to state-school athletic departments) so they turn to crime out of desparation, thereby obligating us to spend millions a year locking people up who, if we had different priorities, could be contributing to society and the GNP. There are costs for big-time college sports, and it's time we all started accepting it. I'm just saying.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:35 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Wow I can see from your spelling that you obviously didn't pay much attention in the free classes you were given while a college athlete. I sure hope that you have ascended to pro sports after your college career because this post is atrocious!!!!

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:25 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

First, how dare someone compare an athlete who is given the opportunity to play sports and get a chance for higher learning to one of the worst happenings in our nation's history?

That being said, I did mention yesterday how I hope the UFL succeeds and can transform to become a legit minor league system to the NFL. To me, this is the only argument that someone can make about anything being forceful in the college football landscape. Basketball as well. If a player wants to go to the NFL or NBA, they must first make a pit stop at college. A lot of players have no interest in academics and are only interested in making it to the next level. So, why do we insist on still thrusting athletes into the college landscape, which wastes their time, and resources of a degree granting institution.

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:13 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Your argument underscores the real problem. You just don't get it! It is not about going to the NFL or NBA. Only a very few fortunate athletes get that opportunity. This country is littered with ex-athletes that have no education, no skills, and no prospects. WAKE UP! It is about getting an education. It is about taking this opportunity to get a quality education, to make contacts in your field of study and to change your life. Most of these guys would never have the opportunity to go to these schools without their athletic abilities. These college scholarships can change people's lives! If we need to get to the coaches to make sure their is enough time to study, well then let's do that. It is not a race issue. I am white, went to college as a football player and wasted that opportunity because I thought I would reach the NFL. It is an illusion that to many young men are sold and people like this Ohio lawyer only make it worse. These type of people don't understand, they just don't get it. While most of our country suffers from a lack of strong leadership from our politicians, young blacks are especially led astray by black leadership like this lawyer who JUST DON'T GET IT! 

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:13 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

eelmac, these athletes are used and abused? Are you serious? Most of them have had their butts kissed and personal mistakes overlooked for a long time. Is being an athlete easy? No. But I was one and it isn't really that hard to obey the rules, whether you agree with them or not. Slavery? Why? Because there are rules that have to be followed? Your rationalization for Pryor and the NCAA being "slavery" is laughable at best. The system is what it is, and it has been around for a long time. Yes, if you want to get to the NFL you have to play college football and deal with the NCAA. I won't try and defend the NCAA because it does have its problems. But lots of kids have done it successfully without screaming slavery for a long time. Pryor is a chump. And you're a fool if you cannot see that.

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