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stillers4me
08-16-2007, 07:16 PM
Thurman turns to U.S.
By GEOFF HOBSON
August 16, 2007
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7:35 p.m.
With no word from the NFL or the NFL Players Association, the attorney for Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has filed a claim of disability discrimination against the NFL. John Michels said Thursday that he has notified the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that he feels his client is being discriminated against because he is perceived as an alcoholic. :dang:

Michels said it doesn't matter that Thurman acknowledged in court that he is an alcoholic when he appeared for a DUI stemming from a Sept. 25, 2006 traffic stop. He indicated that Thurman has passed all required programs stipulated by the league.

"He has not had an alcoholic problem since the incident last fall," Michels said.

The NFLPA has not yet responded to Thurman's request to appeal to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's July 26 decision to extend Thurman's year-long suspension for another year. Michels said if the EEOC finds for Thurman, the commission can offer such remedies as reinstatement and back pay.

Michels cited a recent precedent. The EEOC ruled in favor of Roy Tarpley, the former Dalllas Maverick forward banned in 1995 for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The commission said the NBA violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it didn't reinstate Tarpley even though he had passed all drug tests taken in the last four years.

Michels said the Bengals are named in the claim only because they are Thurman's direct employers. He said the claim was not a Bengals' decision and that the commission is aware that the suspension came from the NFL and not the club.

http://www.bengals.com/news/news.asp?story_id=6199

fansince'76
08-16-2007, 07:27 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't alcoholism pretty much a lifelong affliction that a person is always "recovering" from once they've hit bottom?

tony hipchest
08-16-2007, 07:31 PM
lmao. Reverend Attorney Lewis must be pretty desperate to advise his client...err...player to grasp at these straws.

way to be a coach, coach.... (but isnt there a bunglefight you must ref? what a multi tasker marvin is)

hes like the steve tasker of special olympic teams

83-Steelers-43
08-17-2007, 08:30 AM
"He has not had an alcoholic problem since the incident last fall," Michels said.

Hi, my name is Odell and I'm an alcoholic and steroid user. I enjoy driving drunk, using steroids and indulging in roid-rage fights in the state of Georgia.

CantStop85
08-17-2007, 12:15 PM
lmao. Reverend Attorney Lewis must be pretty desperate to advise his client...err...player to grasp at these straws.

way to be a coach, coach.... (but isnt there a bunglefight you must ref? what a multi tasker marvin is)

hes like the steve tasker of special olympic teams

"Michels said the Bengals are named in the claim only because they are Thurman's direct employers. He said the claim was not a Bengals' decision and that the commission is aware that the suspension came from the NFL and not the club."

fansince'76
08-17-2007, 12:20 PM
"Michels said the Bengals are named in the claim only because they are Thurman's direct employers. He said the claim was not a Bengals' decision and that the commission is aware that the suspension came from the NFL and not the club."

Which begs the question why are the Bengals still his employers at all? And if you're going to interject with the NFLPA and the Bengals' hands being tied, please save it, because that's :bs:.

CantStop85
08-17-2007, 01:38 PM
Which begs the question why are the Bengals still his employers at all? And if you're going to interject with the NFLPA and the Bengals' hands being tied, please save it, because that's :bs:.

Well, I'd be fine if they cut Odell right now...I think it's time to move on without him. I've supported that idea (to much opposition) on Bengal boards.

With that being said, I think the Bengals want to see how Odell's attempts to override Goodell's decision play out before they make any kind of decisions. Also, since Odell is suspended for the entire season, he doesn't cost a roster spot and isn't with the team to cause any type of distraction. So, from a business standpoint, they're better off just leaving him on the suspended list in hopes that he can perhaps return next year. Cutting him wouldn't make any difference at this point except maybe as a PR move.

Personally, I would wait until this lawsuit plays out and probably keep him on the suspended list until the start of next season and make a roster move according to how he has conducted himself during that time. But, if they cut him before this season started, I'd be just as happy.

stlrtruck
08-17-2007, 07:49 PM
What in the world ever happen to handling responsibility or the consequences that come with bad decisions? He should just sack up and be a man about it instead of being a little b*tch! Oh my bad he is a bungle cat