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lamberts-lost-tooth
02-22-2007, 10:33 AM
Suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman told a judge Wednesday he was driving drunk early on the morning of Sept. 25 when he was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in the East End.

He added that he struggles with alcoholism.

"I am here today to accept what I did," Thurman said. "I am in treatment, trying to get everything straightened out."


"Are you an alcoholic?" Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge John Burlew asked Thurman.
"Yes, I am," Thurman replied.

"I can't scare you into sobriety, I can't pray you into sobriety, I can't educate you into society," Burlew said. "You have to do it yourself."
Thurman, 23, pleaded no contest to a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

A related OVI charge and a charge of driving on the wrong side of the road were dismissed in exchange for the plea.

Burlew ordered Thurman to pay a $250 fine and spend 90 days in jail, but he delayed the sentence until June because Thurman is in alcohol treatment.
Burlew said he may reduce the jail sentence if Thurman continues treatment and has no other alcohol-related offenses when he returns to court June 5.

Burlew also suspended Thurman's driver's license for one year.

The judge told Thurman there was no special treatment because he was a celebrity.

Thurman was cited at 3:05 a.m. Sept. 25 after Cincinnati police stopped him on Kellogg Avenue in the East End. He was taken to a sobriety checkpoint, where he submitted to a breath test and registered a .18, a level more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 in Ohio, according to Officer Chuck Beebe.

In court, Beebe praised Thurman for his cooperation. "He was noticeably impaired, but he was polite and cooperative," he said. "I have made hundreds, maybe thousands of OVI arrests, (and) a lot of people blame me for ruining their life.

"He lost a lot and never blamed me," Beebe said.

The NFL suspended Thurman for the season after the arrest because it was his third violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

"You've embarrassed the National Football League and the Bengals," Burlew told Thurman. "People are mad at you because you affected the team."

Burlew asked Thurman if he had a plan when he started out on the NFL.

"Yes, I did," Thurman said.

"How's that working out?" Burlew asked.

"Not too well right now," Thurman said.

....Pull your head out of the sand Marvin..even your players can see that THEY have a problem!!!

Livinginthe past
02-22-2007, 10:46 AM
Good luck to Thurman - hopefully he can get his head straight on this issue - although leading the type of lifestyle a footballer does temptation is going to be there every day.

Marvin Lewis owes it to his team, and society in general, to stop burying his head in the sand (as LLT says) on this issue - he is supposed to be a role model for these young men - by excusing or belittling the impact of their destructive behavior he is cheating the player, the fans and the unfortunate general public who fall victim to their criminal actions.

NM

stlrtruck
02-22-2007, 10:54 AM
I think the judge should have made an example of him! They do it every day to the common folk! Why not let one of the commoners off and let Thurman take the wrath!

(Why do I feel british today - using words like commoner?)

Livinginthe past
02-22-2007, 11:02 AM
I think the judge should have made an example of him! They do it every day to the common folk! Why not let one of the commoners off and let Thurman take the wrath!

(Why do I feel british today - using words like commoner?)

We dont really use the word 'commoner' that often - although I did just have a cup of tea :wink02:

NM

Elvis
02-27-2007, 05:42 PM
:coffee:
Just another Bengal story
:blah:

fansince'76
02-27-2007, 05:44 PM
"Burlew said he may reduce the jail sentence if Thurman continues treatment and has no other alcohol-related offenses when he returns to court June 5."

I sense another proverbial slap on the wrist coming....

Atlanta Dan
02-27-2007, 09:38 PM
Sports talk folks in ATL who have interviewed Thurman since his college days say he is a pleasant guy, but he has constantly been in trouble since his UGA days, which would fit the kind of conduct you would expect from a drunk.

It sounds like the last round-up for Thurman and his drinking; his days in Cincy are over and he either gets clean + stays that way or no other NFL team picks him up.

verks36
02-27-2007, 09:58 PM
Cincy = a bunch of x cons and dont know how to keep there nose out of trouble. Every day it seems like someone from their team goes to jail

SteelCityMan786
02-27-2007, 10:09 PM
Cincy = a bunch of x cons and dont know how to keep there nose out of trouble. Every day it seems like someone from their team goes to jail

That's for sure.

fansince'76
02-27-2007, 10:18 PM
It sounds like the last round-up for Thurman and his drinking; his days in Cincy are over....

He's still on their roster, unlike Matthias Askew (who was a scrub). Just because Marvin Lewis says "he's no longer in the team's plans" doesn't really mean squat to me - this is the same Lewis who proclaimed towards the end of this past season that all the off the field extracurriculars weren't affecting the team, after all. I envision Thurman doing just enough to satisfy the judge assigned to his case to let him off with a suspended sentence, he applies for reinstatement with the NFL, the reinstatement is granted, and he's playing for them again next year.

verks36
02-27-2007, 10:19 PM
That's for sure.

YA lol... Does anyone know the exact amount of people in last past 2 years from the bengals that have gone to jail... I dont even think i can count that high! :dang:

Atlanta Dan
02-27-2007, 10:30 PM
He's still on their roster, unlike Matthias Askew (who was a scrub). Just because Marvin Lewis says "he's no longer in the team's plans" doesn't really mean squat to me - this is the same Lewis who proclaimed towards the end of this past season that all the off the field extracurriculars weren't affecting the team, after all. I envision Thurman doing just enough to satisfy the judge assigned to his case to let him off with a suspended sentence, he applies for reinstatement with the NFL, the reinstatement is granted, and he's playing for them again next year.

I think Marvin might have been able to pull Thurman's reinstatement off if the arrests had ended with Thurman's, but with all that went down after that the Bengals have a major PR problem that I think compels Lewis to cut Thurman loose. If not, Marvin better make the playoffs next year with all the thugs he brings back or Lewis will be thrown over the side by Brown.

fansince'76
02-27-2007, 10:35 PM
I think Marvin might have been able to pull Thurman's reinstatement off if the arrests had ended with Thurman's, but with all that went down after that the Bengals have a major PR problem that I think compels Lewis to cut Thurman loose. If not, Marvin better make the playoffs next year with all the thugs he brings back or Lewis will be thrown over the side by Brown.

Good point, Dan - Thurman may very well be offered as a sacrifice to the PR gods in this case. However, considering that Brown recently made the statements that "Chris Henry deserves a chance" (Um, how about 5 chances and counting, Mike?) and "Chris Henry's suffered alot personally and professionally as a result of all this" (never mind that it all was Chris Henry's fault), I still kinda doubt it.

verks36
02-27-2007, 11:06 PM
Good point, Dan - Thurman may very well be offered as a sacrifice to the PR gods in this case.

HAAHHAHA that was an awsome quote...

Feed him to the AFC north PR crew

fansince'76
02-27-2007, 11:11 PM
HAAHHAHA that was an awsome quote...

Feed him to the AFC north PR crew

Thanks. I just think if Lewis, and more importantly, Brown were serious about cleaning up that team's act, Thurman would be long gone already. Yet, there he is, still on their roster (at the bottom under "reserve/suspended"): http://www.bengals.com/team/roster.html
As the saying goes, talk is cheap.

verks36
02-27-2007, 11:20 PM
ya u think by now they would have cleaned up the team because un can tell Lewis is tired of this SHiit. But no they just keep asking for it. I hope one of thier big time player like chad or rudi gets in trouble then that will be something

klick81
02-28-2007, 12:01 AM
"Burlew said he may reduce the jail sentence if Thurman continues treatment and has no other alcohol-related offenses when he returns to court June 5."

I sense another proverbial slap on the wrist coming....

UUUUMMMMMMMHUM.

polamalufan43
02-28-2007, 04:10 PM
And thurman even admits he's got a problem....

~Polamalufan43:tt02: