Cincinnati Bengals: Whatever Happened to: Odell Thurman

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Entering Year 2, expectations were only rising for the young star, but little did we know the internal struggles he was facing with alcohol and drugs behind the scenes. These led to his suspension for the entire 2006 NFL season.

Then came the summer of 2007, when a warrant for Thurman’s arrest was issued in connection to an assault in Georgia for allegedly kicking and hitting two men. This led roger goodell to deny his reinstatement into the NFL from his previous suspension, and he missed the entire 2007 season.

On May 19, 2008, the Bengals waived Thurman, after Head Coach Marvin Lewis stated that the team “had not seen the right steps taken by him. It was believed to have been because Thurman chose to skip Offseason Training Activities (OTA’s), which are not mandatory, but after everything Thurman had been through, it was a clear sign that he still wasn’t fully committed to the Bengals.

On June 2, 2008, Thurman failed his second drug test in three seasons, and was suspended by the NFL indefinitely, and could not apply for reinstatement until after the 2008 season.

In July of 2008, Thurman was indicted by a grand jury for breaking another man’s jaw at a Waterpark in Ohio. This occurred while he was a free agent, and effectively ended any hopes of an NFL team ever taking a chance on signing him.

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  • Allen Karmelin

    Congrats for turning your life around, it’s much more important than football!!