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Old 08-21-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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Default Judge in Odell Case Blasts NFL

Certainly an interesting turn of events:
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BY SHARON COOLIDGE | SCOOLIDGE@ENQUIRER.COM

A judge told suspended Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman today that the NFL was wrong to suspend him for the season after Thurman was convicted of drunken driving.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge John Burlew called NFL officials “hypocrites” for promoting alcohol consumption during games but punishing players for drinking.

This case upsets me more than anything else, primarily ...with the National Football League,” Burlew said. “The allegations are that you had a legal substance – alcohol -- in your body, a substance which they advertise from and get money from, millions of dollars a year from. They're hypocrites. If they are really interested in pursuing this issue, they'd give everybody who went to that stadium and comes out of it a breathalizer, but they won't do it because they want the money.”

Burlew said if the league really wanted to crack down on alcohol abuse, they would give everybody who left a football stadium a blood alcohol test.

“You don’t like alcohol, take those Budweiser commercials off TV,” Burlew said. “Stop selling alcohol in the stadium.”


Burlew’s comments came as Thurman appeared in court on a probation violation charge.

Thurman was suspended last season and for the coming season by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy after he was caught drunken driving. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said Thurman can apply to get back on the field after the 2007 season.

The suspension comes after the league put in place a tougher personal-conduct policy to protect the league’s image and reverse the wave of off-field incidents involving players.

In June Burlew sentenced Thurman to spend six days in an alcohol treatment program, spend two years on probation and pay a $250 fine on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Thurman was charged last September after Cincinnati police stopped him on Kellogg Avenue in the East End and a Breathalyzer test showed Thurman had a blood-alcohol level of 1.8, more than twice Ohio’s legal limit to drive.

Thurman said in court that he was an “alcoholic and will be one the rest of my life.”

Thurman said after his arrest he spent four months at an in-patient alcohol treatment program followed by out-patient treatment.

Thurman was arrested earlier this month for violating his probation by failing to report to his probation officer by July 24. Thurman, who at the time also owed $574 in fees, fines and costs, was arrested on the charge Aug. 7.

He served six days at Turning Point, an alcohol-treatment program, and was released. The probation violation case was continued for two weeks to give Thurman time to get a lawyer.
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Judge in Odell Case Blasts NFL

Judge is a bengals fan..
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:27 PM   #3
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Default Re: Judge in Odell Case Blasts NFL

So it's the NFL's fault he has an alcohol problem? I call
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: Judge in Odell Case Blasts NFL

It doesn't matter what country you come from, one uniform thing we share - senile judges.

Is the judge suggesting that people shouldn't be allowed to drink at football games - that 'designated drivers' don't exist?

For the record, Mr Burlew, drinking isn't illegal (nor should it be) , but drinking and then driving a vehicle most definitely is.

Where do they get these guys?
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:30 PM   #5
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Is the judge a season ticket holder?? I could care less what the judge thinks of the NFL.( Is this guy striving to be the next in a long line of TV judges??)

Poor Odell, he saw too many Budweiser commercials and couldn't help himself. Another example of making excuses in Cincy. If I were you I wouldn't bring any more attention to this clown than whats already been brought to light.
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Default Re: Judge in Odell Case Blasts NFL

This judge is a fool and no doubt elected by "the people." I guess running automobile ads makes the NFL responsible for global warming too.

Hate to keep pounding the point I keep raising in the Vick thread, but this kind of crap happens in state & local courts all the time.

Think Senor Mexico would be facing time with prosecutor Poindexter and the home cooking of the local Surry County VA court?
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:54 PM   #7
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Not only do we have the Bengal "fans" and Marvin Lewis making excuses for the bum, now we have a judge. Sad.

When people get fat in this country. They sue McDonalds.

When people get addicted to nicotine and get cancer. They sue Marlboro.

When a P.O.S. athlete has problems staying out of jail, it's society's fault and in this case....the NFL's.

Must be nice. Let me guess....

Vick = The dog's fault?

Jones = The strip clubs fault?

Henry = Alcohol companies, gun companies and underage girls fault?
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Funny...

I understand what the judge is saying.

But he also misses the point completely. If he was just tossed for drinking... the judge would be right. But the CONTINUED problems... and the CRIME of Drinking AND driving...

then again.... when legislating from the bench is ok, why should it be ok for him to say this?
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In June Burlew sentenced Thurman to spend six days in an alcohol treatment program, spend two years on probation and pay a $250 fine on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
looks like berlew is the one to blame for not incarcerating the dumbass.

note to bengals: when you are watching gamefilm you dont have to watch all the budweiser commercials. the video dept can edit them out. studying from actual coaching tape as opposed to a network broadcast tape can help too.

perhaps m. brown is to blame for still running a beta and not upgrading to VHS.
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Saying Odell got suspended for drinking is like when the Dems always say Clinton was impeached because he had sex with an intern. I love when people twist the facts to support their warped views. (for those of you who don"t get it........Clinton was impeached for lying under oath....... not for having sex with an intern)
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