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. Callahan

    Honestly, it's a JOKE!! Let's WAIT till next year to start your punishment?? God knows we wouldn't want to "upset" the veiwing public with "Key" players not in the "Bowl Game", or our sponsers! The wheel just keeps spinning... Ohio State is an embarrassment to NCAA rules!!

    December 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeffers

    What's good for CAM is good for the gander(buckeye)

    December 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. really?

    Really? Is this worth writing about? Who cares if the players apologizes or not?

    December 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    These kids get paid approx $30,000 a year (tuition/books/rent) plus the invaluable experience and training that the coaching staff provides to potentially allow them to play in the NFL in the future. The University does make millions of dollars off of football. But, it is not like some owner is sitting back counting his money that he makes off of Terrelle Pryor or Devier Posey. That milions of dollars is put back into the University to enhance the education that every student receives and also the facilities to train these atheletes to go pro. If they think they can get a better deal playing football in Canada or the UFL, take your chances.

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

      Point well taken. However, if I were in their shoes and could garner the money and the fame and the potential to go the professional leagues and make tons of money, I would milk every dime out of the situation too! It's called Human Nature. Just like it's Human Nature for the us who can't run or throw or jump or shoot, and can't make our university tons of money, to b!tch and moan when others who can, get special treatment. So therefore, I spend my energy on being a success at the things I'm good at instead of hating on something or someone that I could never become. You haters look so small and pety in the process! SMH!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick Gervase

    They only apologized because they got caught. do you really think they apologized because they believe they did something wrong?

    December 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DumbChuck

      You only apologize when you make a mistake and get caught, which is what they did and the appropriate response. Had they not apologize, haters like you would be clammoring that they never apologized and therefore must not be remorseful. So all of you idiots out there screaming that they only apologized because they got caught, remember that refrain the next time you have to apologize for something. And if you're human, you will! SMH!

      December 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Craig Shearer

    I would not have apologized. You would not have seen me there. Why apologize after the punishment? Idiotic rule, idiotic league. Never apologize for what you believed you had a right to do.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Craig Shearer

    If any of these boys are eligible, I would love to see them just waltz right into to the NFL next season.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BrotherJohn OFDallas

    Big schools make big money from bowl games, championship games, alumni who financial support the money-making sports, commercials, merchandising, game day ticket sales and so on. They recruit athletes knowing full well these athletes will focus a majority of their attention on athletics, so the question becomes: Should the universities make money or not from big sports? If they want to make money, then it seems odd that the athletes who are the celebrities who fans pay to watch can't get a dime. It's almost similar to slave wages in the prison system where companies make a big profit from the labor of inmates, but only pay them cents on the dollar per hour.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rakbak

    Let me get this straight...
    1) They still play in the bowl game this year
    2) They are suspended for the first five games, only one of which is conference play
    3) After a rocky 0-5 start, they some how manage to win the Big Ten conference and still play for a BCS game with an, at-best, 8-5 record.
    Not sure I see the punishment here...

    December 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Grammar Nazi

    I am completely indifferent on this subject but i do have one iota of input....PLEASE learn to spell, proofread, etc. before you post a passage on the internet where it is widely viewable. The correct spelling is ridiculous. not REdiculous. Though this is a common mistake, it is wrong nonetheless. If you truly wish for others to value your input and regard it as that of an intelligent individual you should always ensure that what you are trying to convey to others is intelligible. Thank you.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • DumbChuck

      Go away puleeze (in correct spelling intended...)

      December 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ProperVillain

    Let's translate their statements through the truth filter, shall we?

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

    Translation: "I'm really sorry I got caught..."

    December 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brenton

    First offdont use the excuse all they did is sell a lil bit of apperal, or awards, and such. Rules are rules plain and simple. You think that works for a criminal in front of a judge? All i did your honor is steal a lil bit of money, or all i did is smoke a lil bit of pot, or had a little drink. Cmon. Second these kids do get paid to play sports they get a free education to the best colleges in america. But the problem is, is that kids today feel that they are owed something all the time. Im a tarheel fan. And yes there is a bigger problem with our infractions, but i think its obvious that the ncaa has favorites. The penalty is too stiff to me but its in the wrong place. They should just miss the bowl game and pay their money back. Now they ll prolly just go to the nfl. This is rediculous for any one to defend these kids. Jus like some one said earlier these kids will still prolly win the big ten a go to the rose bowl next year. Conspiracy????

    December 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Love2golf

    Why are they allowed to play in the bowl game? No wonder OSU always has a winning team. They cheat and are allowed to get away with it. NEVER a Buckeye fan.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lives in Columbus

      Sorry to hear that you think OSU cheats. This is just another side affect of the stupid behavior these boys have brought on us – bad press! Ohio State does not cheat. We are really that good! 🙂

      December 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wyominguy

    Apology or not...my view is these young men with tat's all over themselves shouldn't be allowed on the field...personally I think it sets a poor example. Same with dreadlocks and such, what happened to the clean cut athlete?

    December 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • DumbChuck

      Seriously! That's your take 2010???? Dreadlocks and tats???? I mean it's not like your intolerance and hatred aren't setting a bad example for people or anything. Maybe you shouldn't be allow to breath...

      December 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lives in Columbus

    I think what these players did was a slap in the face to Jim Tressel and Ohio State. I think they should be thrown off the team and expelled from school. I don't feel sorry for them because they are not allowed to work and make extra spending money. Everything else they need is GIVEN to them. They need to realize that they are playing for one of the greatest coaches in history and to understand that what he is teaching them is invaluable. Not to mention they are getting a college education! Jim Tressel coaches and guides these young men. I'm sure he taught them to act better than this; they just totally disregarded everything he has done for them. They should have known that they just needed to suck it up during college. Sure maybe they didn't get to buy every little thing that they wanted but after college a lot more doors might have opened up for them. Some of these players are like celebrities here in Columbus. People look up to them. I don't believe for one second that they did this to help their families. Now look where they are. If they leave school they won't have their college degree and getting picked up by the NFL is VERY uncertain.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
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