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Thurman's rep: Release by Bengals came after dispute over family issue

Updated: May 19, 2008, 7:42 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

The Cincinnati Bengals released middle linebacker Odell Thurman on Monday and, according to one of his representatives, the move was due to a dispute over the amount of time Thurman was away from the team dealing with a family matter.

Thurman, reinstated by the NFL on April 21, already was on a short leash with the Bengals after missing the past two seasons for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He missed the past several weeks of organized team activities to be with his ...

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