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Terrelle Pryor shouldn’t be suspended for selling his own property

Terrelle Pryor shouldn’t be suspended for selling his own property

People should have property rights–like, you know, the right to buy and sell property with your own money.


Terrelle Pryor and five other Ohio State Buckeyes players were suspended for the first five games of next season for selling their own property. They were suspended for selling championship rings, jerseys, awards and autographs. (Denver Post)

Okay, so its not exactly a classy move–certainly a greedy move–for a player like Pryor, who will be a top ten draft pick in a year or two, to sell such memorabilia–including a Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award. But what harm do these sales actually do to the competitiveness of college football, the integrity of the players and university, or anything else that hurts anyone? Its not as if Pryor’s parents were trying to get Mississippi State to pay him to play there… (Ahem, Cam Newton…)

The fact is, that memorabilia was Pryor’s own property. The exchange wasn’t for improper benefits. If he was selling a lawn mower on Craigslist, he’d still be playing. Professional players sell their own memorabilia all the time. I’m sure the exchanges could have been against the rules, but the NCAA rules are silly. Try keeping a sport “amateur” when the coaches are getting paid millions of dollars and agents are waiting for the players to get tens of millions of dollars in signing bonuses…

The one exchange in Pryor’s deals that has been labeled as an “improper benefit” was that he and the other players got free tattoos in exchange for their autograph. Again, this is simply an exchange of one valuable good for another. Autographs are worth money and so are tattoos, so the tattoo parlor’s owner could just as easily have exchanged money for the autographs instead of tattoos, or the players could have, and it would have been the same exchange.

Even getting paid for autographs is probably a violation of NCAA rules. My point is simple: What harm did Pryor and his teammates actually do? Did they take money from Ohio State or Ohio State boosters? Did they take money from an agent? No, they didn’t do anything to corrupt the game.

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9 Responses to “Terrelle Pryor shouldn’t be suspended for selling his own property”

  1. Chill Pryor and the rest of the cheating Buckeyes deserve to be banned for life and Ohio State deserves the death penalty. Mo Clarett is the face of OSU.

  2. A J Green got four games this year, but the NCAA waited until the season started before handing down its punishment.

    Alabama player had an 1800.00 deal and got a two game suspension.

    They and the conferences cannot even be consistant in handing out punishment.

  3. Laughing at Reggie Bush. Pryor, Herron, Posey, Adams, and Thomas sold their own trinkets. It’s curious that they don’t have much interest in those things, but not everyone puts all that much value in jewelry and trophies. Those things don’t create the memories, they’re trinkets. Nothing more, and nothing less. I’ve got trophies earned that haven’t seen the light of day. I’ve given trinkets away. So what! It’s not like their parents are being put up in 750,000 dollar houses on a Boosters dime, or getting paid to attend a school like Newton. AJ Green? He sold a jersey to an AGENT buying his services. Huge differences here.

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