Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is at the center of car controversy, but his mother fiercely defended him on Wednesday, telling 10 Investigates' Paul Aker that he has done nothing wrong.
In the wake of Jim Tressel's resignation this week, it was reported that Pryor, who currently faces a five game suspension for trading memorabilia for tattoos and other benefits, is facing a separate Ohio State and NCAA investigation about whether he received cars or other improper benefits.
A few nights ago, 10 Investigates' cameras recorded Pryor hopping into a 2007 Nissan 350-Z and driving away from campus. The car, which was tracked back to used car dealer Auto Direct, again raised questions about how he has been getting access to loaner cars.
10 Investigates found him driving a Dodge Challenger for three weeks from March to April, and the dealer plates show the car was also owned by Auto Direct. This could be a potential problem for Pryor because NCAA rules mandate that student-athletes are not supposed to get special access to free cars, Aker reported.
But 10 Investigates was not the first to find him driving cars that belonged to Auto Direct.
Records showed that Pryor has gotten three traffic tickets in that past several years, and on two-occasions he the cars' license plates tracked back to Auto Direct.
Auto Direct owner Jason Goss again declined a request for an interview on Wednesday, citing customer confidentiality.
Even so, 10 Investigates tracked down Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle records that showed the Nissan that Pryor was driving earlier this week was purchased from the Auto Direct lot just one week ago - by Pryor's mother, Thomasina, Aker reported.
10 Investigates went to Thomasina Pryor's East Columbus home on Wednesday and found her personal car, a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, parked there.
Although she declined to appear for an on-camera interview, she did deny any allegations of wrongdoing.
"I am not doing anything wrong," she said. "I mean, I have a job, I work all the time. My son's had a car since he was 18-year-old. What's the difference? Everybody has a car. It doesn't matter to me. My son is what matters to me. I wish everybody would understand that."
10 Investigates did find court records that showed that Thomasina Pryor has had some recent financial challenges, but she was adamant that she could afford the car payments and insisted that paying for her son's cars was worth the cost.
Documents supplied late this evening by Terrelle Pryor's attorney show that Thomasina Pryor is paying nearly 300 dollars month for the next four-and-a-half years.
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