Jun 8, 2011
NFL Supplement Draft. UFL. CFL. Your future quarterback is calling. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor announced, via his attorney, that he would forego his senior season at The Ohio State University, amidst a storm of controversy regarding alleged signed memorabilia for cash and NCAA compliance violations.
The signings for cash, which would be a violation of NCAA rules, occurred a minimum of 35 to 40 times, netting Pryor anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 that year, the former friend says. The source spoke to ESPN under the condition that his face not be aired on TV and that his name not be published.
He said Pryor was paid $500 to $1,000 each time he signed mini football helmets and other gear for a Columbus businessman and freelance photographer, Dennis Talbott. Talbott twice denied to ESPN that he ever paid Pryor or any other active Buckeye athlete to sign memorabilia. He said last week he has only worked with former players to set up signings. On Tuesday evening, he declined to comment whether he had ever operated a sports memorabilia business and said he was not an Ohio State booster.
Pryor’s former friend also told “Outside the Lines” that the player often received preferential treatment in the Columbus community, receiving thousands of dollars in free food at local restaurants and convenience stores, free drinks at bars and free tattoos. In addition, he said the quarterback had access to free loaner cars from local dealerships. The source said he spent nearly every day with Pryor before their relationship soured when Pryor began taking on a more “arrogant” attitude after his 2009-10 season.
He said Pryor would get the merchandise to sign from Talbott, who would “bring it to TP, and he would sign it and he would bring him cash. Dennis would give him cash.” He said he witnessed the transactions occur about three to four times a week at Pryor’s apartment. — Via ESPN
$40,000 a year? The median income for an Ohio household is $45,000 as per the 2010 census.
Pryor, who had already been suspended for the first five games of next season due to accepting improper benefits from a tattoo parlor owner will now be looking to enter the NFL supplemental draft, and possibly the CFL, if the NFL is in a prolonged labor shortage,
The Roughriders (Saskatchewan Roughriders, of the CFL — Ed.) are part of this story because they have placed Terrelle Pryor on their negotiation list, which means the Roughriders are the only team Pryor can negotiate with if he decides to play in Canada.
A source tells News Talk Radio that the Roughriders have reached out to Pryor’s representatives but no contact has been made. (via Newstalk 980)
CFL? NFL? Who knows? The one thing we know for sure is that we will not see Terrelle Pryor on an Ohio State sideline anytime soon.