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If The NFL Bans Pryor, Doesn't That Set A Dangerous Precedent?

Terrelle Pryor didn't kill anyone. He didn't kidnap any babies or puppies. He didn't throw any games or affect the sanctity of the gridiron on the field. He took benefits illegally, copped to a deal with the NCAA and then fled for the NFL instead of facing the music and staying with his team.

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Because of that, the NFL is suspending him for the first five games of this season, assuming any team wants him in the supplemental draft to be held Monday. I wonder if they understand the precedent they're setting here.

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I ask this only because one of the biggest college scandals since SMU is breaking right in front of us, months after the Ohio State mess blew up. The Miami transgressions were many and they were big. None of them affected the game on the field and no one was caught while playing, but if the NFL is punishing Pryor, what should it do for all those Miami players named in the allegations?

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Should Andre Johnson face a five game ban? Jonathan Vilma? Ed Reed? For that matter, why didn't the NFL suspend Reggie Bush for his violations, which he basically copped to as much as Pryor has? Will they retroactively suspend him now?

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The NCAA is a mess of an organization, with only selective enforcement and only if someone opens their big mouths when they shouldn't. College sports are big business and the NCAA doesn't want off that money train. But, why should the NFL, who just suffered through its own PR troubles, be following the lead of such a dysfunctional organization?

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Oh, right. The Goodell Standard. Because that's not turning into a joke at all.

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