The Pittsburgh Steelers, like most sports teams, have a long history of making exceptions for key players who get in trouble and making examples out of scrubs.
For the Steelers, it’s unclear where defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu fits. For now, he’s a scrub. But he was a fourth-round pick who may have real potential. So if the Steelers make Ta’amu pay for his DUI with his JOB, he may fulfill his potential with another team.
Complicating matters for Ta’amu is the fact that he fled from police who were trying to pull him over. It’s an open secret in Pittsburgh that the cops have a tendency to look the other way when it comes to Steelers players. If Ta’amu had simply complied, there’s a good chance he would have gotten a ride home and a talking to.
That fact could make the Steelers more inclined to find a shoe that fits — or that doesn’t — in Ta’amu’s tookis.