Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Seattle Seahawks quarterback and former Ohio State star Terrelle Pryor apologized for violating NCAA rules during his time with the Buckeyes, saying he only did it to help his mother.
“It was a rule, I broke it and I was wrong for that,” Pryor said of his NCAA violations. “At the time, I was getting in trouble — and I don’t even call it being in trouble.”
“I don’t think helping my mother, who was in need, is being in trouble. I’ll never regret that. The only thing I regret is hurting certain fans, teammates and coaches,” he added.
In December 2010, at the end of his junior year, the NCAA ruled Pryor and four of his teammates would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia.
Pryor ended up leaving Ohio State and was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 supplemental draft. He was traded to Seattle this April for a seventh-round draft choice.
Pryor also welcomed the recent federal court decision giving college athletes the rights to sell their names and likenesses.
“I’m glad they did that,” Pryor said. “The only thing I will say about that is when I was at Ohio State, all you see is red jerseys in the stands and you see a lot of No. 2s [Pryor's number at Ohio State]. I’ll leave it at that.”
Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, a key part of the Bruins’ national championship team in 1995, sued the NCAA on antitrust grounds for selling his likeness after his college career ended.
O’Bannon was joined by 19 other former college athletes in the lawsuit. The NCAA plans to appeal the decision.