Suspended Ohio State players apologize
December 29th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

Suspended Ohio State players apologize

The five Ohio State football players who were suspended last week for the first five games of the 2011 season publicly apologized Tuesday, CNN affiliate WBNS reported.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, wide receiver DeVier Posey, tailback Daniel "Boom" Herron (pictured above), offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas took turns speaking at the university's Woody Hayes Athletic Center, most of them without notes.

"I was very young and immature," Pryor said. "I am deeply sorry."

The players were suspended because they received improper benefits for selling awards, gifts and university apparel.

A sixth player, Jordan Whiting, was suspended for just the first game of the 2011 season. He did not attend Tuesday's event.

All of the players are eligible to play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas in New Orleans on January 4.

Posey was the only player who announced that he would return for next season. Other players did not address that issue.

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  1. Eric

    The world today. Much easier to apologize after the fact than to do the right thing in the first place. These kids knew and there is no excuse. The rule is dumb, but it is a rule nonetheless.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Cereal Girl – You think the rule is dumb? Without a rule that told athletes they couldn't sell their awards until after college, boosters could use "Awards" to basically pay players. Why bother paying Cam Newton $200K when you can give him some "Award" that is made of solid gold and chock full of diamonds. All the athlete needs to do is turn around and sell it.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Six

      True. True.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • slayer

      Players apologized, but should't play Bowl game.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenton

      Reminds me of a saying we have in the army. " its better to ask for forgiveness, then it is to ask permission."

      December 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      "Players apologized, but should't play Bowl game."

      ^ This.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      "It's easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission."

      December 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      I agree! If what they did was wrong, then why r they playing in a bowl game? Suspension is just that SUSPENSION! Starting from the time u get caught to ? After all what message is this sending to the senior in HS. First offense punishment is u can't play next season! Wow what a punishment. Some of them may not be coming back anyway.

      January 5, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. DEE THOMPSON

    What a joke in discipline! Why does the NCAA even have rules. It's like saying to your teenager: You skipped school and as soon as you get home from prom you're grounded! If they really wanted to send a message they would have suspended them now and not wait until next year! What an indulgent bunch of hooligans!

    December 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArizonaBuckeye

      Selling something that belongs to you does not make you an "indulgent hooligan" regardless of rediculous NCAA rules. You make it sound as if they stole something or committed vandalism. The honor they have brought to The Ohio State University (and I am an alumni) on the field far outweighs the acts for which they are being punished.

      December 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      The "joke" is the millions of dollars the schools make off of these athletes. Big deal they sold some of the awards they received and some team apparrel. The property in question belonged to them. Instead of sticking them in a closet or on a shelf somewhere, they sold them.. Oh my what a crime. Get a friggin grip.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Dee is correct and Arizona Buckeye you must be kidding. My family and I are all alums and I do not think they should be allowed to play in the Bowl Game. "Honor on the field" Really? When sports are seen as a high honor then we are indeed in deep doodoo in this nation.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      I agree with Linda.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • beaglemusic

      I agree with you, Dee. If you wait until the 2011 season, then what's the point? What message has been sent?

      December 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • robertj298

      Hooligans LOL Just because they sold their own personnel property. As far as not being suspended for the bowl game. Why do you think the NCAA didn't suspend them for the bowl game. Any idiot knows its because the NCAA would lose millions of dollars if they don't play and $$$ is the name of the game in collage athletics not sportsmanship or anything else

      December 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      I also agree with Dee. It does not matter what the rules r. What matters is they broke them, period. That is the problem with us today, The rules and punishments should apply to everyone, but nowadays it depends on whomever is the judge. As for getting a grip, try doing that when someone u love is hurt or worst by a drunk driver and they get off because they know the right people!!!!!

      January 5, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fricsaid

    The NCAA is just pi$$ed that they didn't get thier cut. All the shady crap they pull and then turn around and expect everyone else to be held accountable. One of the biggest reasons I quit following college basketball. NCAA=Hypocrites!!!

    December 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotAFan

      Agreed. The NCAA is the culprit here. What most people don't understand is that the NCAA does not allow these players to get jobs. So, the question becomes 'What are these players supposed to do for money?". Why is it against the rules for them to sell their own items. The NCAA is a joke. A complete joke. And, it's so blatant in this case; if the players were suspended for the Bowl game the Ohio draw would be diminished by millions.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      @ notafan ... it's against the rules because it becomes theoretically possible for a jock to get an award plaque worth $25 and then turn around and sell it for $10,000 (wink, wink). Or get a $50/hour job for 20 hours a week working for an alumnus, and then get paid $1,000/week without ever actually showing up for work. They are supposed to be amateur athletes. We can debate whether they really are or should be, but the rules are intended to try to help keep collegiate athletics honest.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Hey here's an idea, make them get a job, like the rest of us!

      January 5, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Liza

    Very disappointed in them!

    December 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Darkguardian1314

    Pryor sold most of his awards including a Big Ten championship ring. They are still young in a state that has sky high unemployment and money is scarce. If the money is to stay in school or take care of a baby, it's understandable. That said when he gets older the awards will be reminders of what he accomplished. I believe one person started it. Bragged about it the others then the rest followed through. This will be a learning experience IF they get into the NFL and make real money.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dempsy

    To Dee Thompson: What they did was wrong and the NCAA's punishment was absolutely ridiculous, but to call these kids hooligans is a bit melodramatic.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Rasko

      Point well taken, but perhaps you should just follow the "ignore the troll" rule.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Okay Dempsy, What happens if they do not learn their lesson this time? 10 years from now when they break a LITTLE rule and someone gets hurt, do we hold them responsible then or should we let them go on vacation?

      January 5, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    Go to CNN business and read how much money racked in those football programs for the universities/coaches (most of them making millions annually), and yes, the NCAA. However, they have the nerves to punish those kids for profiting from things they own. Those student-athletes don't get pay. They just get fellowships for their tuitions. Not a big deal, either.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vernon

    they need to est too.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Carmon

    It's their stuff or is there a clause when they get what they earned, must be kept forever and ever? I think not. The NCAA is too big of a monopoly in this country and they make their own rules only to change them when it suits them. I don't agree with the punishment at all.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. They're all going to the NFL

    NCAA tells these student/athletes that they can't accept gifts or have jobs. Their tuition, housing, and food are paid for but they need money for other living expenses (going out, car repairs, being a college kid), especially if their parents don't have the money to give them. NCAA is corrupt and highly hypocritical.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Chair

      Division I rules allow student-athletes to be employed.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    Oh the hypocrasy; these guys miss half the season for something petty, Cam (highest bidder) Newton wins the heisman.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hollis crew

    They did this to help their families? I say its ok. So what if these young men are on paid scholarship the family at home still on paid unemployment. They didnt commit any criminal acts leave em alone.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    The Nationally Corrupt Athletic Association (NCAA) in conjuction with the Bowl Corruption Series (BCS) proudly deffends the corrupt actions of the a fore mentioned players at Ohio (and Auburn) and looks forward to defending itself in the pending legal actions involving US anti-trust and RICO act violations.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    Two solutions to this issue:

    1) Schools should hold on to all awards, memorabilia, and keepsakes until after a student athlete has left the school (either through graduation or declaring for the draft). Once they are no longer student athletes, then they can have their rings, awards, watches, jerseys etc and do whatever they want with them.

    2) While student athletes in major sports are often provided tuition/room/board, everyone knows that teens and 20 somethings need spending money for tattoos or whatever else. Most students who need spending money have the time to do work-study or off-campus jobs. While student athletes, especially in major sports at major colleges, do not have this time, they are still doing very valuable work for their universities. God only knows how much money OSU has made off of these young men. So, in my opinion, student athletes should be paid the going rate for on-campus work-study (6 or 7 dollars an hour) for the time they spend on their sport. They should clock in and out just like a cafeteria worker or equipment manager, and be paid for the work they are doing. In the off season they can find other jobs but in-season this is a small price to pay for the millions in revenue that are brought in on Saturdays.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArizonaBuckeye

      I like your ideas, Bob.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe schmo

      They DO get paid the going rate of other students. They get their tuition covered plus a stipend , which is what most students who work during school use all of their money for, and still have to take large loans and end up in mega debt after college. In some cases out of state tuition can exceed $30000 per year. Dont insult students who work to pay their way through college, by implying that these student-athletes get nothing . If they took their schoolwork seriously, a college degree, is what many toil away years during and afterward to repay.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brigadeer general

      Joeschmo you are a dummy! Learn what you are talking about!

      December 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Good ideas, Bob! You'd think the university could afford it with the millions of dollars they make off the football team... I feel bad for these kids. If they enter the draft and don't make it big, having a college degree to fall back on would sure help them out.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don

    Hmm, OSU pulled in $18M from last years Rose Bowl and will pull in $17M from this year's Sugar Bowl and these guys can't sell their own stuff for a few grand? Crazy!

    December 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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