"I thought I'd get your theories, mock them, then embrace my own. The usual." -- House
"You guys are still thinking like doctors when you should be thinking like plumbers. Come on, I wanna see some butt crack." -- House
That's a great point.
However, I've been concerned that the NFL is becoming almost McCarthyistic (if that's even a word) in dealing with these players. It seems that now all you need are allegations and a player can be suspended. It can get to be a slipery slope. For example, Steeler Fan could bait Carson Palmer into an altercation and even if charges were dropped or there were no charges filed at all, the NFL would have to take disciplinary action against Palmer. Now I know Carson's as clean as they come so he probably wouldn't be suspended but that's beside the point.
The basic reality is that Thurman had been previously banished under the league's substance abuse policy. Banishment is the final step after multiple positive urine tests and/or other activities that violate the policy.
In order to be reinstated after a minimum banishment of one-year, the player must be in full compliance with all aspects of his treatment plan, and he likewise must submit to and pass any and all random urine tests imposed upon him. Even if the player complies with the treatment plan and passes all tests, reinstatement is not automatic.
Thurman was banned from the league, with the ability to apply for reinstatement after one year. I think that reads a lot different that what 99.5% of Bengal fans, including myself thought. But IMO, Thurman made his bed, now he's got to sleep in it. He's at the mercy of the commish, and this commish is trying to make bold statements about a league whose players have been way, way out of control in the past, and he's not going to put up with any of this kind of garbage right now, and quite frankly, I don't blame him. Someone has finally woken up and has seen that athletes are role models that kids and others look up to, and is holding them to the standards that many of us "commonfolk" live our lives by. Thurman pushed the envelope of the league rules, and they are pushing him back, playing hardball with him.
Odell never learns he is in trouble again for violating probation.
Suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman violated his Hamilton County probation and must show up in court to explain why.
Thurman, who was suspended all of last season and for all of the 2007 season by the NFL, was supposed to report to his Hamilton County probation officer July 24.
When he didn’t, Probation Officers Liz Albert and Bob Lutkenhoff filed a criminal complaint against him for not reporting.
They also said Thurman still owes $574 in fees, fines and costs due the probation department.
Thurman’s Cincinnati attorney, Ed Perry, didn’t return calls today.
The probation was set by Municipal Court Judge John Burlew after Thurman, 23, was arrested and charged with drunk driving.
Initially, Burlew sentenced the linebacker from the University of Georgia to 90 days in jail but reduced that to a six-day, in-treatment program after Thurman admitted he was an alcoholic and spent several months this year in rehab.
Burlew also suspended the player’s driver’s license and placed him on probation.
Court records note Thurman was on probation less than two months before he was accused of violating it.
Thurman, whose NFL career could be ended by this probation violation, must report Aug. 21 to Burlew to address the violation.
I give up. I thought the guy was turning things around, but he just doesn't get it.
Have to wonder if Goodell knew about this. Does violating probabtion follow the guidelines set up for him by the NFL? Not hard to wonder why this chump cannot get back on the field.... and I am a Bengals fan who thinks the team needs his football abilities.Suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman violated his Hamilton County probation and must show up in court to explain why.
Stupid is, stupid does. And Odell seems to be pretty stupid.
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.
Shame on Thurman, his lawyer, etc. for trying to spin it like Thurman has been completely compliant and innocent over the past year.
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