- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Terrelle Pryor seemed genuinely embarrassed by the diatribe his agent, Jerome Stanley, went on the week before Pryor started at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in the season finale.
Stanley paid for his public sentiment that Raiders coach Dennis Allen was setting his client up to fail with his job, as Pryor fired him on Wednesday, according to Fox Sports.
Pryor, whose first agent was Drew Rosenhaus, had yet to hire a new representative. But you have to wonder how this could affect Pryor’s future with the Raiders. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract after Al Davis used a third-round supplemental draft pick on him -- the late Davis’ final draft pick -- in 2011.
“You have to understand the coach is putting [Pryor] in, he doesn’t want him to look good,” Stanley told CSN Bay Area at the time. “And you can write that. He doesn’t want him to look good because, if he looks good this week, it makes the past five weeks look like a bad decision. [Allen] doesn’t want [Pryor] to look good; he wants him to look bad. That is what is going on.”
“Well, first is, I’d say that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever frickin' heard,” Allen said the day after Stanley’s comments. “No coach in their right mind ... this isn’t 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' This isn’t made-for-TV drama. This is football, and we make our football decisions based solely on that. Nothing other than that.
“So I don’t really give it a lot of thought. I can’t control the ignorance that might come out of somebody else’s mouth, but I talked to Terrelle about it. It’s in situations like that that you have to separate the player from the agent. [Pryor] doesn’t have control; I don’t have control over those things that get said. It’s really, in my book, it’s really nothing. It’s one person’s opinion.”
Stanley may very well have burned his bridges with Oakland in terms of acting as Pryor’s agent so it was time for him to go. Especially if Pryor does indeed have a future with the Raiders.
Because if Pryor does not see himself in Oakland for the long term -- Allen said Matt McGloin proved himself as such but said no such definitive statement about Pryor -- having Stanley represent him would not have mattered much in the long run.
Maybe Pryor simply wants nothing to do with an agent who put him in an untenable position.
“At first it was awkward, you know, because that’s my head coach,” Pryor said at the time of the tempest caused by Stanley. “Me and Coach Allen talked and he understands what went on and we’re on the same page.”
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