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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Terrelle Pryor Tattoo and Loaner Car Investigations Loom Over Sugar Bowl

The NCAA cemented its status as a shameful organization with its recent handling of Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a handful of players investigated for accepting improper benefits in the form of tattoos they received in exchange for autographs and other memorabilia. Tattoos are expensive and often cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, making it a wonder how so many of the Buckeyes could afford all the ink. Then it was revealed that several players sold Big Ten Championship Rings and other memorabilia, a similar charge that resulted in a four-game suspension this season for Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green.

And what happened to the Ohio State players Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, Devier Posey, Mike Adams, and Solomon Thomas? They were suspended the first five games of next season, and not at all for those who elect to enter the NFL draft. Somehow the players were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl under the grounds of the school not educating the players properly on the rules. Right, as if they didn’t know pawning off their goods was illegal.

The latest investigation into impropriety within the Ohio State program received less publicity, likely because it was released around the holidays. As I learned via The Wiz of Odds, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Pryor was ticketed for speeding twice, and another infraction between October, 2008 and March, 2010. Now here’s the kicker: each time he was driving a car owned by a car salesman or registered to a used car lot.

Pryor says the cars were loaners while his was in the shop getting fixed. Right, and Antonio Cromartie used a condom every time except for when he got his girl pregnant. Who actually believes this story? What’s the more likely situation: Pryor only gets stopped for moving violations when he’s in loaner cars, or he’s always driving loaner cars because he’s a badass football player at Ohio State, and he sometimes gets stopped. If you chose option a, you need to have your head examined. Clearly so does the NCAA.



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