CINCINNATI (AP) _ Suspended Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has
been accused of kicking and hitting two men in his Georgia hometown
during the weekend. He has not been charged with a crime, but a
magistrate will hear testimony Friday to determine if charges
should be filed.
The N-F-L suspended Thurman for the first four games of 2006
after he skipped a drug test. The suspension was extended to a full
season following his arrest on a drunken driving charge in
September. Thurman is one of nine Cincinnati players to be arrested
in the past year.
Jasper County Chief Magistrate Ken Jackson said today that two
men filed a complaint with police in Monticello, 60 miles southeast
of Atlanta, accusing Thurman of assaulting them early Sunday
following an argument at a home. Jackson says the men accused
Thurman's brother, Willie Thurman, of threatening them with a gun.
Jackson says that because the allegations were not reported
quickly, and police were unable to conduct an immediate
investigation, a county magistrate will hear testimony to determine
if anyone should be charged.
Thurman played two seasons at Georgia and was drafted by
Cincinnati in the second round of the 2005 draft. He led the
Bengals in tackles that season with 148.
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