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. cel

    ah, good to see there is no forgiveness among sports fans. Kids always know they shouldn't do things they do. But, that;s part of being kids. Sadly some die as a result of their actions or are seriouisly injured or maimed. It's called experience and it;s how you learn if you are strong enough to survive.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NCAA SUCKS

    The money that the college's are making off these athletes is rediculous. If they earned some sort of trophy or award during their collegiate sport stint they should be able to sell them if they choose too. I'ts not like they are making millions from the sale of these items. NCAA U SUCK

    December 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Chair

      Under the membership's rules, the student-athletes have every right to sell those gifts, provided it is after they have exhausted their collegiate athletics eligibility.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Buckeye4life

    I'm a lifelong Buckeye fan and an OSU alumni. They should of all been suspended indefinitely, including for the Sugar Bowl. And most of these guys weren't doing it to help their families. If they were, then why in the hell were they using the money to get tattoos?! They get a free college education, meals, books and tutors are covered, they get $1000 a month stipend for rent and other things, not to mention whatever else goes along with it. Guess what, there are ALOT of college kids out there working 40-50 hours a week at a crap job to make it through school. These idiots need to get a life and take some responsibility for their actions. Their apology was a joke.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Razorback Raymond

    Who cares? Hogs are going to dominate them so bad, the pros won't take them.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Adrienne

    Yes, they knew it was wrong. But they still will get even more gifts while in their bowl game. Sad...

    December 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SayWhat?

    Since I got caught, my whole outlook has changed.............Please accept my sincere apology.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      When you make a mistake like you have .. and that is all that it is, a mistake. You have two choices. Either you can let it bring you down or you can learn from it and not look back. I suggest you do the later and chalk this up to part of your life's education. We all make mistakes. What we learn from them is what matters. No one else knows what is in your heart.

      December 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack Howitzer

    http://67.42.80.195

    No apology necessary.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MD

    Just sorry they got caught. Young folks today.....anything for a buck. Very Sad.

    December 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kathy

    These sports remind of of the gladiator games in Roman times.
    The whole town in Columbus, Ohio, literally shuts down and then people pay big money to watch two teams kill each
    other; while they eat hotdogs.
    I think the kids should get paid to entertain these folks

    December 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MD

      That is where you are wrong Kathy. That is the problem! They are there for an education first and foremost. I love college football, but it should be secondary.

      December 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe schmo

      OSU Tuition and Board for out of state students: $33,768 + meals + books + tutors
      Mean one person HOUSEHOLD income in OHIO in 2009, $35,661.

      So they get paid equal to what someone working at their job 40 hours per week gets paid, and I am sure they dont want to claim they spend 40 hours per week playing football, or NCAA would be on them like their rivals to the North.

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

      The town of Columbus does NOT shut down while the people eat hotdogs!! Columbus shuts down while the people eat BRATWURST!!

      December 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cereal Girl

    Rules should be followed, I agree. However when rules are established that make sense than someone should challenge them. Instead of apologizing I would like to see these kids move on to bigger theings, NFL and then be champions in working to change things in NCAA sports. read the article on Sports Illustrated regarding the fact that Ohio State is selling these guys "game worn" jerseys online and in their stores... does these kids get the money, no. The school does. Thank you, Ohio State for giving these boys an education but the NCAA as a whole needs changed. Good luck to them all. I know where Mr. Pryor is from and it is no big city and a little bit of money means alot. Good for him for acknowledging he broke the rule, but I hope he makes something bigger of himself and then works for change. Good luck buckeyes.. your gonna need it.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. go team

    Give the kids some money! Oh, I forgot they do get paid. What was I thinking.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    I think they should have all got together and come up with the same story as CAM – i did not sell my stuff, my father did!!!! then everything would have been OK???????

    December 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Quagmire

    Pay these atheletes??? How about tennis, track, basketball,soccer, & all sports teams??? They are there to get an education.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    What about other college kids that have to work to pay for their way through school?? These guys get pampered. Everything is given to them, but yet they still wanted more. They should have suspended them for the bowl game and Cam Newton should be kicked out of college football. If they want money, go pro! They knew the rules. No sypmathy here.

    December 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dabchick

    Football players receive tuition, room, board(often deluxe training table food), books, & any tutoring necessary to remain eligible. There is no rule scholar athletes may not work during off season. These guys knew the rules but took the easy way – if they needed money. Almost all football programs are a giant drain on a school's finances & impact other male athletes negatively in the financial arena. We need to stop worshiping this sport!!!

    December 29, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • conradshull

      I don't give a rat's rearend about college sports, but the big teams are profit centers and actually do make a fair amount of money for their schools, and that's beyond any cash coming in from sportsfan alumni.

      December 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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