Terrell Pryor, Getting Paper?

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Terrelle Pryor, who announced through his attorney Tuesday that he would bypass his senior season at Ohio State, made thousands of dollars autographing memorabilia in 2009-10, a former friend who says he witnessed the transactions has told “Outside the Lines.”

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 The source spoke to ESPN under the condition that his face not be aired on TV and that his name not be published.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 Buckeyes 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.

The former friend said Pryor would spend his money lavishly at times, that the player had a “shoe fetish” and bought many expensive hats, belts and pieces of jewelry. He said he was particularly fond of Gucci items. ESPN independently confirmed Pryor made multiple such purchases.

First and foremost, let me say that I think that college football players should get paid.  I have no problem with Terrell Pryor taking money.  I do have a problem with him being a fucking idiot about it.  Walking around campus with a $3000 chain and Gucci shoes is a red flag that some booster is slipping you cash.  I heard that this jackass drove around in 8 different cars in 3 years.  Including a brand new Nissan 350Z.  Terrell, you have to “be smart, to be stupid.”  What I mean is if you’re going to break NCAA rules, at least have the decency to try and hide it.  Otherwise, Ohio State should just redesign their helmet stickers to look like this:

Redesigned Ohio State Buckeyes Helmet

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