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Old 06-02-2008, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default Odell Thurman Fails Another Drug Test

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LB Thurman faces indefinite suspension after failed drug test
By Jim Trotter, SI.com

NEW YORK -- Former Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman is facing an indefinite suspension after violating the league's substance abuse policy, a source with knowledge of the situation said today.

Thurman, who missed the past two seasons because of suspensions tied to drug and alcohol use, could not be reached for comment.

His agent, Safarrah Lawson, said: "We have not been notified of that at this point. I have no knowledge."

As a second-round draft choice in 2005, Thurman led the Bengals with 148 tackles, four forced fumbles and five interceptions. He was suspended by the league for four games in July 2006 for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The suspension was extended for the rest of the year after Thurman was arrested Sept. 25 for drunk driving. He later admitted in court that he is an alcoholic.

Thurman applied for reinstatement before the 2007 season, but his appeal was denied. Commissioner Roger Goodell lifted the suspension April 21, 2008, but the Bengals waived him last month when he failed to show up for offseason workouts, citing the death of his grandmother.

"His grandmother's been buried for quite a while. Don't get into his whole family structure," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis recently told local reporters. "We've been patient enough with Odell."

Lawson said Thurman has received inquires from other clubs, but postponed a planned visit with an unspecified team because "he's still dealing with some family issues."

The Bengals and the league office could not be reached for immediate comment.
What a waste...glad he's no longer in the Bengals locker room.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: Odell Thurman Fails Another Drug Test

I remember one poster here wanting the Steelers to sign him "for depth" after the Bengals first released him, saying he deserved "another chance."
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Old 06-03-2008, 03:53 AM   #3
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That dude has some major issues he may not be back for sometime if ever what a waste on a talented player.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:13 AM   #4
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I remember one poster here wanting the Steelers to sign him "for depth" after the Bengals first released him, saying he deserved "another chance."
you gotta admit, he'd look great in black and gold for vet minimum

I really think Thurman got his last chance. only a moron would give him a chance with their team ( don't do it Al Davis!)
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should we start the "jail watch" for this punk? How long til he gets in trouble with the law and the league isn't there to bail his butt out?
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Default Re: Odell Thurman Fails Another Drug Test

It's time to stop thinking of him as a Bengal and start thinking of him as a person who is untethered from society, and who needs to find his way back into the world.

I hope he does so, but I don't think that's going to happen. But I hope he finds the direction, and applies the same determination to righting himself that he used to make it to the NFL. It's 1 out of 1,000,000, but look at what has happened with Josh Hamilton. I hope the same for Thurman.

But if I was casting lots on this man's life, coldly, I'd agree with D5R; jail or the morgue, two years for jail, five for the morgue.
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He and ricky williams can hang together now and watch the games from the comfort of their couch while enjoying a toke.
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It's time to stop thinking of him as a Bengal and start thinking of him as a person who is untethered from society, and who needs to find his way back into the world.
There's a difference??

Really, this doesn't surprise me at all. I've heard multiple accounts of both Thurman and Chris Henry (someth\imes together) being sighted at various bars here in Cinci throughout their suspensions. They even showed up several times at the well known Steelers bar in town. Im saw Chris Henry there myself the Sunday night of the Broncos game. The staff there said both of them were there a couple of days before that.
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What a complete loser. The Bengals actually did the right thing for once by releasing him. Hilarious!!!!!
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The Bengals had a pretty good idea what they were getting when the drafted those two. I refuse to fell sorry for someone that sticks their hand in a bear trap hoping it won't snap shut.
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