Monday afternoon, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was under investigation for receiving cars and extra benefits. Pryor may or may not have known about this an hour later, when he was asked by interim coach Luke Fickell to attend a mandatory team meeting. Either way, eyebrows were raised when he showed up driving a 2007 Nissan 350Z (a used model will run you about $16,000).
Here’s video from WBNS-TV of Pryor’s arrival to the meeting, which was posted by SportsByBrooks.
Again, we don’t know if Pryor was aware of the investigation. As you can see from the video above, though, he’s tech-savvy enough to text on his phone. So I’m assuming someone, somewhere, alerted him via SMS that the NCAA would be taking an extended look at his cars.
I’m not saying Pryor is guilty of anything. I’m not saying college players aren’t the victims of a messed up system that makes them more likely to do things like accept cars from people they shouldn’t. I’m just saying it would’ve been a good idea for Terrelle Pryor to get a ride from someone else. Preferably someone with a very beat-up-looking car.
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