CINCINNATI (AP) _ A judge in Cincinnati ruled Wednesday that
suspended Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman can remain on probation
for a drunken driving conviction. But the judge warned the former
Georgia Bulldog that he must follow the rules if he wants to stay
Judge John Burlew put the 24-year-old Thurman on probation for
two years in June after Burlew gave him a suspended 90-day jail
sentence and ordered him to serve six days in a treatment center.
Thurman pleaded no contest and was convicted in February following
his arrest a year ago.
Thurman -- a second round draft pick out of Georgia in 2005 --
had to return to court after a probation officer said he missed a
meeting. He also was accused of not seeking treatment.
Burlew noted today that Thurman has since sought treatment and
again warned Thurman about the dangers of alcohol. But he
complimented him on how well he was doing with sobriety.
Thurman was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of
last season because he skipped a drug test. It was extended to the
full season after the arrest for drunken driving.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denied Thurman's request for
reinstatement for this season.
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