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Kapaibro
06-06-2007, 07:27 AM
By TERRY KINNEY, Associated Press Writer
June 5, 2007

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Suspended Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has been accused of kicking and hitting two men in his Georgia hometown during the weekend. He has not been charged with a crime, but a magistrate will hear testimony Friday to determine if charges should be filed.

The NFL suspended Thurman for the first four games of 2006 after he skipped a drug test. The suspension was extended to a full season following his arrest on a drunken driving charge in September. Thurman is one of nine Cincinnati players to be arrested in the past year.

Two men filed a complaint Sunday with police in Monticello, Ga., southeast of Atlanta, accusing Thurman of assaulting them early Sunday following an argument at a home, Jasper County Chief Magistrate Ken Jackson said Tuesday. The men accused Thurman's brother, Willie Thurman, of threatening them with a gun.

"Evidently, this was some type of party in the wee hours of the morning," Jackson said.

Because the allegations were not reported quickly and police were unable to conduct an immediate investigation, Jackson said, a county magistrate will hear testimony Friday to determine if anyone should be charged.

Messages seeking comment were left with Odell Thurman's agent and with the NFL.

Thurman pleaded no contest to the drunken driving charge in February. Last Friday, a judge in Cincinnati suspended all but six days of a 90-day sentence and ordered Thurman to serve those six days at a treatment center.

Thurman played two seasons at Georgia and was drafted by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2005 draft. He led the Bengals in tackles that season with 148.

Thurman can apply for reinstatement for this coming season, although earlier this year coach Marvin Lewis refused to talk about whether Thurman still figured in the team's plans.

Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said Tuesday the team had no comment on the latest allegations.

"His situation is controlled by the league, he's not officially on our roster," Brennan said. "Since his possible reinstatement is in the league's hands, we would defer any comment to the league."


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Oh dear oh dear :nono:

saltybuggah
06-06-2007, 10:05 AM
this is getting a lil outta hand
what the hell is that organization doing

its not like other teams dont have their off field issues but the bengals are contributing to this way too much.

when is this all going to stop or at least go a week without hearing about another bengal arrested?

maybe coach was correct in that they are targeted cuz they are players who knows? people that know these players may want to jsut start some trouble wioth them because of all the past problems.

DawgFanatic
06-06-2007, 04:42 PM
georgia should float off the continent and move to europe or something, seems like everyone gets in trouble over there, not to mention their crappy music they put out :coffee:

but yea, get it together bengals, i want a full strength battle ;)

Spyder
06-06-2007, 04:46 PM
Seriously.... this is like a bad TV show that goes on and on and on and on...

WhoDeyBengals
06-06-2007, 05:49 PM
Seriously.... this is like a bad TV show that goes on and on and on and on...
Thankfully, the cast of characters is getting smaller.

I really hope Odell gets his act together - he's a hell of a football player, but he needs to work on being a good person.

Suffice to say, if he gets charged, I say get rid of him.

shanniefly
06-06-2007, 08:09 PM
Thing is because Odell is a freakin' moron anyway, he is only a Bengal by name!!! He isn't on the roster...he blew that last season and if he ever does get to come back to the NFL...Bengals get first dibs at him!!! He is kinda like Ricky Williams in that asspect...in that Ricky belongs to Miami if he were allowed back, (also in the fact that as soon as it looks like he is getting a shot, he blows it...like a virgin on prom night)!!!


Saltykins...they went 4 months... :heh:

Yes...it is out of hand, but it looks as if the worse "should" be over...

ChampWJ
06-06-2007, 09:08 PM
The whole thing smells kinda funny to me. Here's a post from profootballtalk.com earlier tonight.


POSTED 10:37 p.m. EDT, June 6, 2007

THURMAN CHARGES A MONEY GRAB?

A league source tells us that the pool of persons who were allegedly roughed up over the weekend in Georgia by Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has grown to four -- and that they are willing to drop all charges and put the matter behind them.

In exchange for a payment in the amount of $250,000. Each.

Per the source, the Thurman camp politely (or otherwise) declined. The quartet then threatened to take the thing to the media, to which the Thuman camp responded by providing the phone number to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Indeed, the charges already have hit the press. Thus, the threat to go public is, at this point, sort of meaningless.

Due to the fact that the alleged victims waited until the next day to call the cops, a hearing will be held on Friday to determine whether an arrest warrant will be issued for Thurman.

Thurman is currently serving a one-year suspension for violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He could face separate discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy based on the outcome of the situation in Georgia.

I think Thurman is being taken advantage of in this situation.

Oh and Dawgfanatic, I hope you were not serious about your Georgia crack. I'm a Georgia native and would be inclined to take offense if you were. :D

darrent/hero
06-06-2007, 09:13 PM
Thankfully, the cast of characters is getting smaller.

I really hope Odell gets his act together - he's a hell of a football player, but he needs to work on being a good person.

Suffice to say, if he gets charged, I say get rid of him.

dont they call him Tip Drill?

shanniefly
06-07-2007, 09:04 PM
Sounds like it's done already fizzled out!!! Charges have been dropped... :coffee:

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