Former Ohio State stars Santonio Holmes and Nick Mangold, now stars with the Jets, commented on Thursday's story about five Buckeyes, including starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, getting suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season.
The NCAA suspended Pryor, starting running back Dan Herron, starting wide receiver DeVier Posey, starting offensive tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive end Solomon Thomas. According to the NCAA, the players sold awards, jerseys and championship rings. The players also received improper benefits from a tattoo parlor.
Pryor also sold his "gold pants," a charm given to players who are part of a victory over rival Michigan. That didn't sit well with Mangold,
Here's what both players had to say about the suspensions:
"Flat out ridiculous, I can honestly say that. To put yourself in that kind of situation, you just don’t do it. I don’t know the facts, I don’t know what happened. Why? That’s all I can ask, why? At this point you don’t go on doing anything to jeopardize your career and right now
that’s pretty much what’s happened with those guys."
"It’s disappointing, it’s a shame and it hurts the program, puts us in a bad light and as a former player you don’t like seeing that. (Never heard of anyone selling team memorabilia), especially not your gold pants. You don’t part way with those, that’s just bad."