Judge Blasts NFL For Cincinnati Player's Punishment

CINCINNATI (AP) - The judge who will decide whether suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman should go to jail says the National Football League is being hypocritical in its punishment of Thurman.

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge John Burlew says Thurman allegedly had alcohol in his body, a substance the N-F-L gets (m) millions of dollars a year from. Burlew says if the league wanted to crack down on alcohol abuse, it should stop beer sponsorships and stop selling alcohol in stadiums.

The N-F-L suspended Thurman for the first four games of last season because he skipped a drug test. It was extended after his arrest for drunken driving last September.

An N-F-L spokesman says Thurman was suspended for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.