Pryor Sells Out OSU For Few Lousy Game Checks

In the Sept. 1, 2011, report to the NCAA from Ohio State that resulted in the suspensions of Buckeye football players Jordan Hall, Travis Howard and Corey Brown, OSU reported that the violations were “discovered” by the school on “August 31, 2011.”

Terrelle Pryor tells on Ohio State to NCAA only to help his NFL appeal

As of Sept. 13, 2011, Terrelle Pryor’s last Tweet was … wait for it … August 31, 2011.

For all we know, Ohio State “discovering” seven month-old NCAA violations the exact day Pryor began an indefinite Tweet-free streak is complete coincidence.

Along with the fact that Pryor is currently appealing a five-game NFL suspension - after filing paperwork with the league on August 26.

But considering Pryor did indeed recently rat out his former Ohio State teammates to the NCAA in a brazen bid to curry favor with the same intercollegiate body to which the NFL ceded - blocking Pryor’s immediate admission into the league - it’s not unreasonable to think that’s why Pryor is hiding from the public. (And his former teammates in Columbus.)

Terrelle Pryor at Charity Event in Cleveland where 3 Ohio State players were paid

(Pryor: Sold Out His School Only To Aid NFL Appeal)

Especially ironic when you consider Pryor was one of the guys who helped round up Hall, Howard and Brown for the charity event that cost them their eligibility - but only after Pryor sold them down the river!

Okay, maybe it isn’t ironic.

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23-Year-Old NFL 1st Rounder Out Due To ‘Fatigue’

Jerry McDonald of the CONTRA COSTA TIMES reports that wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Oakland Raiders No. 7 pick of the 2009 draft, has missed four training camp practices this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey

Thursday Raiders Coach Tom Cable confirmed to the media that Heyward-Bey isn’t injured or tending to off-field issues.

No, it turns out that Heyward-Bey is tired. Really, really tired.

More specifically, the 23-year-old Heyward-Bey, who is scheduled to make $21.4 million in guaranteed money with the Raiders this season, is out of action because of “fatigue.”

So why is Heyward-Bey so much more tired than his training camp mates?

According to Cable, the wide receiver worked out too hard in the offseason. Read more…

Why LA Gangs Traded In Raiders For The Dodgers

There’s an interesting stealth sports merchandise trend going on here in Los Angeles that, until now, has been under the radar for most folks outside of SoCal.

Los Angeles Dodgers gang gear

For decades, Raiders gear has been the team of choice in L.A. gang culture, but in the past 2-3 years, local sports team affiliation has changed dramatically for those involved in that type of organized criminal activity.

The Dodgers have now clearly gained most-favored status among Los Angeles gang members. Read more…

JaMarcus Russell Arrested Over Codeine Syrup

Daniela Werner of the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register reports that JaMarcus Russell was arrested on Monday for possession of a controlled substance.

JaMarcus Russell Codeine Syrup

That controlled substance: codeine syrup.

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Photo: Al Davis Might Consider Exfoliation Option

Screen shot of Al Davis from the ESPN film Straight Outta L.A.:

Al Davis photo from ESPN Movie Straight Outta L.A.

Soon to be pitching Carbon 14 spa treatments on HSN?

Raiders: QB Russell Lost ‘Quite a Bit’ Of Weight

Longtime Oakland Raiders staffer Willie Brown appeared on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Chronicle Live on Monday to claim that JaMarcus Russell has lost a “quite a bit of weight” thanks to “special meals” and supervision from a former Raiders player.

JaBlargus Russell at McDonalds Drive Thru

(That’s JaBlargus, not JaMarcus)

“You’ll be surprised when you see him. It’s quite a bit of weight that he’s lost. I don’t want to pin it down and say how much he lost but it will be a significant difference when you see him compared to last year.

“The most important thing is he’s getting in shape. Not only losing weight, but getting in shape. He’s watching his diet, he has special meals brought in that he’s eating, and we have one of the Raiders, a former player there with him to monitor him and make sure things are going fine. The weight thing, he’ll get it down. He’ll get it down.

Jerry McDonald of reports that the former Raiders player helping Russell lose weight is Eddie Anderson.

Hate to ruin Brown’s surprise, but I’ve obtained a photo of Russell taken last Friday at the Lakers-Suns game in Phoenix:

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Video: TV Guy On Russell’s ‘Lethargy Addiction’

Last Sunday, Gary Peterson of the Bay Area News Group fired off this line in an otherwise straight-up assessment of Raiders quarterback Jamarcus Russell:

Jamarcus Russell Lethargy Addiction Video Report

Or maybe Russell, rumored to have spent part of the offseason at a clinic being treated for lethargy addiction, shows up for minicamp weighing 230 sculpted pounds and ready to work twice as hard as anyone else in the building. Sorry, didn’t mean to make you blow coffee out your nose first thing in the morning — just trying to cover all bases.

Though Peterson was trying to make a joke, at least one person didn’t get it. With that person happening to be a prominent member of the Bay Area electronic media.

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Pro Bowl Cornerback All About His Coverage (Map)

NFL reporter Albert Breer of the BOSTON GLOBE has this from Pro Bowl practice in Miami today:

nnamdi asomugh pro bowl cellphone

Asomugha has his priorities straight, at least when one considers why Terrell Owens didn’t make the Pro Bowl this year.

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JaMarcus: 3 Months To Make Good On Kiper Call

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

That’s gotta make the Clausen camp feel great this AM. Along with Todd McShay.

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Photos: Who Knew Fat JaMarcus Loved To Party?

Earlier today OAKLAND TRIBUNE columnist Cam Inman reported that JaMarcus Russell blew off his season-ending meeting with the Raiders to go party at The Palms in Vegas.

Fat Jamarcus

When I heard the news, I immediately thought back to these wonderful photos of a soft-centered Russell showing an uncanny dedication to a rigorous offseason routine.

Fat Jamarcus Parties

Delightful foreshadowing to today’s events?

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