TSF Tip-Off For Thursday May 10, 2012: Terrelle Pryor Speaks Out On His Involvement In The Ohio State Scandal
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One year after being ousted from the Ohio State football program for his participation in a payment scandal, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor speaks out on his involvement and his reasons for why he signed game-worn uniforms and other OSU memorabilia.
His relationship with the Ohio State University has been severed as he has been banned from associating with the school for five years.
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“The reason why I did it was to pay my mother’s gas bill and some of her rent.”
That was Terrell Pryor’s response to Sports Illustrated on why he signed OSU memorabilia in exchange for cash. It wasn’t for personal gain or to ride around Columbus like he owned it. His motive was to keep a roof over the heads of his mother and sister during the winter months.
According to Pryor, his mother had to plead with the landlord to allow her to pass for a few months until her son was able to send her the money. By this time his mother was unemployed and four months behind in bills. The landlord’s love for the Buckeyes was the Pryor’s saving grace from eviction. Pryor has receipts of these payments to prove that his deeds were for nothing more than to keep his family off the streets.
Pryor after being suspended the first five games of last season by the university chose to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft where he was selected by the Oakland Raiders.
“Whenever I write my book, the proof will be in there, the receipt that the money I gave my mother was to pay the electric and heat bill.” “The truth is going to come out one day when the time is right. I don’t think I deserved (being punished) in that way, because of the reason I was doing it. I felt like I was doing God’s work in a way, and I was getting driven into the ground.”
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