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Steelers rookie Alameda Ta’amu arrested for drunk driving

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Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu has been arrested after an early-morning crash in which police say he drove drunk, crashed into several vehicles and attempted to flee.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Ta’amu was seen driving recklessly at about 2:30 a.m., and that when police tried to stop him, he fled. He was stopped only after he crashed his vehicle into several others.

Ta’amu is facing felony counts of fleeing police, aggravated assault while driving drunk and three counts of aggravated assault, plus 10 misdemeanors, including resisting arrest, attempting escape, drunken driving and failure to obey traffic laws.

The Steelers took Ta’amu out of Washington in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Ta’amu has yet to play in the regular season.

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34 Responses to “Steelers rookie Alameda Ta’amu arrested for drunk driving”
  1. blackcatnfl says: Oct 14, 2012 10:39 AM

    So much for his career with the Steelers.

  2. ripster65 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    Wow…brilliant! On the night before a game even!

  3. nfloracle says: Oct 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    One dumb mistake like this could cost him his entire career… stupid, stupid, stupid. What a waste.

  4. Stiller43 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    A 360 pound guy tries to run away, theres a laugh.

    But seriously, they should cut this turd and cut him now.

    – Steeler fan who was super excited when we got him 6 months ago

  5. niners816 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:45 AM

    When are the morons going to learn? Smh.

  6. greglloydrules says: Oct 14, 2012 10:46 AM

    IDIOT. Hasn’t played yet and probably not going to for the rest of the season after this. You’re a Steeler, not a Lion or a Jet or even a Raven. Which means that you’re on your way out. Too bad you don’t play for any of these other teams I mentioned cause you’re the kind of IDIOT they love having on their roster.

  7. allaboutkubrick says: Oct 14, 2012 10:49 AM

    Cut him. Only the QB gets away with stuff like this in the Burg.

  8. unex9885 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:49 AM

    Good thing the law isn’t as in favor of the Steelers as the refs have always been or this world would be chaos.

  9. steelerssmack4u says: Oct 14, 2012 10:50 AM

    Unfortunately, Coach Mike Tomlin is losing control of this team. The Steelers’ lead the league in penalties, his players are suspended by the league, players getting on Twitter blasting the fans and now a very serious DUI. Time to crack the WHIP MT

  10. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Oct 14, 2012 10:54 AM

    “Ta’amu has yet to play in the regular season”

    Well now he’ll never play in a regular season game. Lol, what an idiot.

  11. blackngold4life says: Oct 14, 2012 10:56 AM

    Smh..WOW

  12. painkiller20 says: Oct 14, 2012 10:57 AM

    Someone had to do it now that Hines ward is gone

  13. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 14, 2012 11:00 AM

    Man, I was so jacked up about our draft – with us landing DeCastro, Adams, Spence, Ta’amu and Rainey.

    But what’s happened?

    DeCastro is put on I.R. before game 1. It’s the I.R. with the exception where he *might* be able to play in week 9, but we’ll see. And it was obviously NOT DeCastro’s fault in how he got hurt. Still loving this guy.

    Adams: underwhelming is the word that comes to mind. I hope he can develop … a lot.

    Spence: I.R.’d before week 1. Another promising athlete — who was injured through no fault of his own.

    Ta’amu: his only headlines are driving drunk and recklessly, multiple counts of aggravated assault and a lonnnng list of criminal charges. His play on the field has been non-existent — literally. At least we have Big Snack and McClendon holding down the fort.

    Rainey: shows some promise here and there — still waiting on Rainey to light it up.

  14. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 14, 2012 11:06 AM

    Another graduate of the Ndamukong Suh School of Driving.

  15. farty5 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:08 AM

    He’s living up to ‘the standard’ already!

  16. onlysane1intheroom says: Oct 14, 2012 11:08 AM

    Dude, call a freakin’ cab!

  17. mitchitized says: Oct 14, 2012 11:11 AM

    Steeler fan here. Man when it rains, it pours, now don’t it?

    Common topic is the average age and drop of production from the defense. One opinion is that the young’uns just aren’t getting ready in time to take the torch, and the graybeards are expiring too soon. I’m starting to agree with that opinion.

    Throw in the lack of recent drafts turning into regular starters, and a badly needed youthful boost for the D-Line fails to make the field (but manages to make the police blotter) and you got me giving a pretty gloomy outlook on the season.

    Mister Ta’amu, I do believe the proper technical term for this is EPIC FAIL. Nice beard, though.

  18. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    “Ta’amu is facing felony counts of fleeing police, aggravated assault while driving drunk and three counts of aggravated assault, plus 10 misdemeanors, including resisting arrest, attempting escape, drunken driving and failure to obey traffic laws.”

    I think the Arrest-O-Meter should be reset each day for the next five days for this one.

  19. granadafan says: Oct 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    He’s just lucky he didn’t kill or hurt anyone in his selfish decision to drive drunk.

  20. 3yardsndust says: Oct 14, 2012 11:26 AM

    At first I didn’t read through to see all of the additional felony charges. We really don’t need any more turds in the league. I believe we’re already turd-saturated and looking to cut down.

    Turd’amu, welcome to unemployment.

  21. firegoodell says: Oct 14, 2012 11:37 AM

    ripster65 says:
    Oct 14, 2012 10:42 AM
    Wow…brilliant! On the night before a game even!

    ___________________________________

    Wow – brilliant……the steelers played on Thursday night.

    FYI I am in no way condoning his behavior and choices.

  22. cbadjon says: Oct 14, 2012 11:40 AM

    I saw this guy take like 30 shots at the bar last week and leave on his own. When i read this story, i was not surprised.

  23. fumblenuts says: Oct 14, 2012 11:43 AM

    Mr. Ta’amu, please get in touch with your LegalSheild rep today.

  24. illadelphiasphinest says: Oct 14, 2012 11:44 AM

    Reset!!!!

  25. stairwayto7 says: Oct 14, 2012 11:59 AM

    At least he did not kill anyone..

    Signed Ray Lewis and Donte Stallworth

  26. contract says: Oct 14, 2012 12:08 PM

    Bye Sha’amu!

  27. contract says: Oct 14, 2012 12:10 PM

    “I saw this guy take like 30 shots at the bar last week and leave on his own. When i read this story, i was not surprised.”

    Thank you for not ratting him out … and maybe saving him from destroying him life and possibly even killing someone.

    Yeah, that was sarcasm.

  28. stevenfbrackett says: Oct 14, 2012 12:38 PM

    Dang! they are really throwing the book at him – it is almost like they are treating him like a real person and not a ballplayer…….

  29. mikelitoris1 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:27 PM

    Let’s be honest, this guy would have been undrafted if he didn’t have a cool name. Put it this way…. you’re a GM and have to choose between one of three lineman…. Alameda Ta’amu, and lets give the two others examples generic names like, errmm.. Jason Smith and.. uhhh.. Justin Smith.

    Who would you draft? I’m drafting the one with the cool name.

  30. mikelitoris1 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:27 PM

    Let’s be honest, this guy would not have been undrafted if he didn’t have a cool name. Put it this way…. you’re a GM and have to choose between one of three lineman…. Alameda Ta’amu, and lets give the two others examples generic names like, errmm.. Jason Smith and.. uhhh.. Justin Smith.

    Who would you draft? I’m drafting the one with the cool name.

  31. randallflagg52 says: Oct 14, 2012 1:38 PM

    He was just trying to fit in with that Western PA fanbase. It was either get a DUI or start dating his cousin.

    Not surprised about this though, the steeler roster is full of turds.

  32. noblepat12 says: Oct 14, 2012 9:38 PM

    And we talk about the bounty gate huh? DUIs are the real issue in this league. Why don’t Roger weigh in on this one. I mean he did injure a lady in this incident. Oh I forgot Donte Stallworth got away with it, so nothing will happen to this guy.

  33. eleventyeight says: Oct 15, 2012 12:58 AM

    Well- he might have managed to stay with the team if he just been arrested for DUI; it’s a whole new bag when you run from the police, slam into cars, try to haul your heavy ass away like Usain Bolt while trying to leave the scene of the accident and finally trying to fight off cops who multiply with every swing you take until you’re Rodney King*.

    At that point you’ve managed to be most-likely cut by the drafted you and simultaneously alienated any potential with other teams in the process. Except, of course BAL or NE, who seem to snatch up a lot of our castaways.

    *No disrespect to Rodney or his family. I’m sorry your loss. R.I.P. Mr King. Maybe in heave we can “..all get along”…

  34. fdugrad says: Oct 15, 2012 2:02 AM

    What does a big fat stupid former bench warmer do for a living after his non-career in the NFL?

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