More trouble for Thurman
Suspended LB failed to report to probation officer
BY KIMBALL PERRY | KPERRY@ENQUIRER.COM
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.