Woman Charged In Stabbing Of Ex-Jets WR Terrelle Pryor

Football Star, Reportedly In Stable Condition, Also Faces Assault Charge

Associated Press
November 30, 2019 - 5:46 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Authorities say a woman has been charged with attempted homicide in a stabbing in Pittsburgh that critically injured former Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, who also faces a charge.

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Pryor, 30, arrived at a hospital early Saturday following a dispute at an apartment, police said.

Shalaya Briston, 24, of Munhall was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault, while Pryor faces a charge of simple assault, police and Allegheny County prosecutors said.

Police said they are believed to be “mutual combatants” and said there would be no further comment.

Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is tackled after a catch by Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso on Sept. 16, 2018, at MetLife Stadium.

Family members are with Pryor at the hospital, according to Gregory Diulus of Vantage Management Group, which represents Pryor. They have been told he's expected to make a full recovery. Diulus said he expects to see Pryor on Sunday. Diulus didn’t immediately respond to another call about the charges.

Court documents don’t list an attorney for Briston.

Pryor, who was stabbed in the chest and shoulder, had been listed in critical condition but has since been upgraded to stable, reports said. He underwent surgery for his injuries, ESPN reported.

Pryor has spent time with nine NFL teams including the Jets, Raiders, Browns, Redskins and Bills. The converted quarterback most recently signed with Jacksonville but was waived in September after a hamstring injury.

While his professional career has been that of a journeyman, Pryor was a national star in high school and college. And his time at Ohio State ended in scandal.

Pryor grew up in Jeannette, Pennsylvania -- about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh -- and was considered one of the top high school football players in the country when he signed with the Ohio State in 2008. His recruitment drew national attention because he took the unusual step of waiting until mid-March to make his final decision. Most prospects sign in early February.

At Ohio State, Pryor started as a freshman and was the Rose Bowl MVP after the 2009 season as a sophomore.

Late in the 2010 season, Pryor and some of his Ohio State teammates were found to have broken NCAA rules by trading their equipment, memorabilia and autographs for tattoos at a shop in the Columbus area.

That NCAA investigation led to the revelation that Ohio State coach Jim Tressel had lied to investigators seeking information on Pryor and his teammates. Tressel, who had won a national championship at Ohio State, was forced to resign on Labor Day weekend 2011.

With allegations of more possible violations mounting and the possibility of a being ruled ineligible, Pryor decided to skip his senior season and leave Ohio State in June 2011. He was selected in the NFL’s supplemental draft later that month by the Oakland Raiders.

Pryor was never punished in college for the NCAA violations but began his NFL career with a suspension of five games.

His lone season with the Jets, in 2018, lasted just six games before he was released. He caught14 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

WFAN.com contributed to this report.