At this point, we're taking everything Terrelle Pryor's attorney says with a salt lick's worth of fine sodium chloride, because he's already gone on live radio and endangered Pryor's eligibility as a freshman at OSU, but here goes: Larry James is shooting down rumors that Buckeye memorabilia dealer Dennis Talbott paid Pryor for his John Hancock by check. I honestly hope this is true, because it's important for my faith in humanity that all involved parties be smarter than they're being portrayed right now:
"I can tell you on the record that there were no checks from Dennis Talbott in any Terrelle Pryor bank account," James said. "And there was no money from Dennis Talbott to Terrelle Pryor."
Somebody's lying, misled, or badly mistaken here: Checks are obviously easier to track than other forms of payment, making this aspect of the story a very strange choice for a fabrication if it's made up, and idiotic to deny if it's not.
Want to venture over to Dennis Talbott's online empire and scope out the goods for yourself, for old times' sake? Too bad: At some point this week, all his Ohio State memorabilia was disappeared from his eBay account, making the real victims in this latest episode the die-hard would-be bargain shoppers looking to scoop up team decor on the cheap while public sentiment is at an all-time low.