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Cincinnati Bengals O'dell Thurman Sobriety Test Caught On Tape

Hours after a Cincinnati Bengals player is arrested for drunk driving the head coach calls his behavior unacceptable.

Head coach Marvin Lewis commented on the recent arrest of linebacker O'dell Thurman in the East End Sunday night. 

Thurman and two other Bengals players, whose names were not available, were in the black Chevrolet Tahoe when it was pulled over by a Cincinnati Police Officer. 

An in-dash camera showed Thurman talking with the officer during a field sobriety test.  Thurman also struggled to keep his balance during one portion and when asked to recite the alphabet the missed several letters. 

Thurman was taken in the police cruiser to an OVI checkpoint just up the road on Kellogg for processing and was released on his own recognizance where another driver drove Thurman and the other two occupants home. 

Lewis, during his Monday afternoon press conference, talked briefly about Thurman, who is already serving a four game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy.  The coach called his behavior disappointing.

"They don't understand that playing in the National Football League is a privilege and a right," said Lewis of Thurman and the other players facing legal trouble.  Lewis also called Thurman's driving under the influence 'socially and morally unacceptable' and also said that the NFL might render severe punishment as a result of the arrest.  Lewis said he would be very surprised if he wasn't suspended for the rest of the season. 

Thurman has a court date set for early November but does not have to show up in person for the hearing.

Other Bengals facing trouble are:

Chris Henry, Eric Steinbach, Frostee Rucker and A.J. Nicholson all have cases still pending.  Former Bengal Matthias Askew, who was released by the team, was cleared of his charges and has filed a lawsuit against the Cincinnati Police Department.

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