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Terrelle Pryor Drafted by Raiders with 5-Game Suspension

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on August 22, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Now that the lockout is over, new trouble may be brewing in the NFL between the Raiders, Terrelle Pryor, and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

As a condition to taking part in Monday's supplemental draft, which landed him with an offer from Oakland, Pryor had to agree to start the NFL season with a five-week suspension as punishment for the tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal that ended both his career and that of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

That's right, the NFL appears to be punishing Terrelle Pryor for breaking NCAA rules.

It's unclear whether Pryor will appeal the suspension, as the Huffington Post reports conflicting statements from both his attorney and agent.

But when asked about the deal, Pryor indicated that he was just happy to have an opportunity to play and would serve his suspension along with his "senior Buckeye buddies."

Recall, that, prior to quitting, along with a number of his teammates at OSU, Terrelle Pryor was suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season after the NCAA determined that the group received favors in exchange for signed Buckeyes equipment.

Though he was still drafted to the Raiders, Terrelle Pryor is the first player to be punished before he even became an actual employee of the NFL, which some believe is cause for concern.

And potentially illegal.

Ultimately, a determination of legality comes down to the individual contract, the collective bargaining agreement, and league rules. But if Pryor wants to just let the suspension stand, he's free to do so.

But that's a decision that will (hopefully) be made by the Raiders, Terrelle Pryor, his attorneys and his agent very soon.

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