As you’d expect Roger Goodell and his goons are taking their time in deciding the fate of Terrelle Pryor and his bogus 5-game ban. Maybe the league is working on the spin that’s going to be put on whatever ruling comes down. Perhaps they’re worried that the hypocritical nature of the suspension is finally getting the attention it deserves. Or they could just be jerking this kid around to in the same manner in which they did when ruling on his draft eligibility.
Whatever the case, this is yet another poorly handled situation by the league office. Goodell must be reading from the Bud Selig book on boneheaded decision making. The NFL never should have stuck its nose in the NCAA’s business. After months of contentious relations with the NFLPA all this has done is reignite the fire lit by the lockout.
Forget about Pryor being able to play. That isn’t likely to happen even if he weren’t serving his suspension. Yes, losing money is not a good thing either. But to quote Big Worm, it’s the principality.
That the NFL would again drag its feet to rule on Pryor shows what a quagmire this entire ordeal truly is. It’s laughable that Goodell and company can even put any kind of spin on this. The league is looking to safe face with the NCAA, thus they picked Pryor as the one to make an example of.
Not only is the league’s case thinner than Angelina Jolie on a liquid diet but this puts the NFL in a bad spot going forward. What happens the next time a collegiate athlete attempts escape NCAA punishment by foregoing eligibility? How far does the long arm of the league law reach? Since when did a company of paid professionals care about a bunch of exploited amateurs anyway?
These questions and many more remain to be answered. I guess that’s ultimately why the league office is taking its sweet time. They need some creative explanations for some very straight forward questions.