CINCINNATI (AP) - Suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has been ordered to appear in court for allegedly violating probation on his drunken driving conviction.
A probation officer in Ohio says Thurman, a second-round draft pick from Georgia in 2005, failed to show up for a scheduled meeting on July 24th. Thurman then was ordered to appear before Municipal Court judge John Burlew on August 21st to explain himself.
If the judge decides Thurman violated probation, the linebacker could be sent to jail.
The NFL suspended Thurman last season after he skipped a drug test and later was arrested on a drunken driving charge.
Two days after Thurman is accused of skipping the meeting with probation officers, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denied his request for reinstatement for the 2007 season.
The linebacker was arrested last September. He pleaded no contest to the drunken driving charge in February and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with a chance to reduce the sentence if he got treatment for alcohol abuse.
At a June 1st hearing, Burlew reduced the sentence to six days in a treatment center. Thurman could be ordered to serve the full sentence if he violated probation.
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