The police blotter just keeps popping up for the Cincinnati Bengals, as reports say that suspended Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman is being accused of kicking and hitting two men over the weekend in his Georgia hometown. While charges have yet to be filed against Thurman, word he a magistrate will hear testimony Friday to see if there will be any charges.
Thurman had a solid rookie season, but was suspended for the first four games of his second season after skipping a drug test. He then was suspended for the whole season after he was arrested for drunk driving in September. The latest is that two men filed a complaint with police in Monticello that Thurman assulted them after an argument at a home during a party. The men even stated that Odell’s brother Willie threatened them with a gun.
News about this for the Bengals cannot be good, as Thurman was expected to apply for reinstatement, even though Marvin Lewis, Bengals coach, has not spoken about Odell being in the teams plans for 2007. This for a guy that led the team in tackles with 148 his rookie season. If Lewis is not talking, then it does not sound like he will be around for the 07 season.
The Bengals are not talking, spokesman Jack Brennan stated today the team would not speak about the situation. “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.”