Former Bengals LB Thurman pleads not guilty in assault case

Updated: August 1, 2008, 12:59 PM ET
Associated Press

SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has pleaded not guilty to breaking a man's jaw during a fight in line at a Sandusky water park.

Thurman, 25, was arraigned in Erie County yesterday on a count of felonious assault.

Police say he punched a man from the Cleveland area in the face on May 27 after they argued about a place in line at Kalahari Waterpark Resort.

Thurman remains free on $20,000 bond. He has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Aug. 25.

In June, Thurman was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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