NFL In a Bad Spot with Terrelle Pryor Ruling

Roger Goodell must be bored with being the NFL commissioner. Perhaps that’s why he’s taking it upon himself to enforce NCAA imposed sanctions.

Today the league finally announced the fate of Terrelle Pryor. No real surprise that Pryor will have to serve the final two games of his five game suspension.

No real shocker that the league took its sweet time to decide either. That’s been the case from day one with Pryor. The league moved at Tom Brady 40-yard dash speed to decide on Pryor’s eligibility for the supplemental draft too.

Now the fact that Pryor can’t play for another two weeks means little. It’s not like TP would have been the difference in Oakland’s second half collapse in Buffalo. That he’s still waiting for his first NFL checks means little. Terrelle would have been balling for “free” in Columbus this year had the tattoo scandal not hit the fan.

In this case it’s all about the principalities.

Now Goodell has put his league in a contentious position. What happens the next time a collegiate athlete enters the NFL amid an NCAA scandal? Something tells me this is just another opportunity for the league to flex its hypocritical muscle.

If consistency were a currency then the league office spends it like Donald Sterling.

But this is the path Goodell has chosen to walk. With one foot in the pro world and the other in collegiate athletics Goodell has added a new burden. Though I highly doubt we’ll see much more of this. The last thing the league needs is another deal point to debate in the next CBA negotiation a decade from now.

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