Steelers support Ta’amu after DUI arrest

AP

Well, we now know how the Steelers regard defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu on the sliding scale that applies to athletes who get in trouble.

Ta’amu apparently resides on the “look the other way and/or make excuses” end of the spectrum and not the “make example out of a guy we don’t need” side of the ledger.

“You don’t stand by in the sense of making him feel this is right,” safety Ryan Clark said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  “You don’t ‘amen’ this in that it’s OK to do. But you don’t throw him away, you don’t exile him from the team, you don’t stop talking to him, you don’t stop being his friend.

If you’re family, you don’t do that.  When someone in your family makes a mistake, you try your best to work through it with him, not make him go through it by himself.”

Ta’amu has plenty to go through.  According to Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette, the rookie fourth-rounder faces felony counts of fleeing police and aggravated assault while driving drunk, three additional felony counts of aggravated assault for nearly running down police officers with his vehicle, and 10 misdemeanors, including resisting arrest and attempting escape.  In 2009, Ta’amu was charged with DUI while a 19-year-old athlete at the University of Washington.

Per Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Ta’amu addressed the team 0n Monday and apologized for his actions.  “I talked to him, and he was remorseful,” nose tackle Casey Hampton said. “He feels really bad about it. He knows what happened was a bad thing.  He made a mistake, and that’s the way I look at it, not taking away what he did because it was a terrible thing.  We have to ride with him and see what happens.”

If Ta’amu were an undrafted free agent or a veteran hanging around at the bottom of the roster, the Steelers wouldn’t be riding with him.  Instead, Ta’amu would be riding right out of town.

47 responses to “Steelers support Ta’amu after DUI arrest

  1. Just like the Steelers to defend worthless pieces of human debris. They’ve done this for the wife/girlfriend beater (Big Ben) and condoned illegal hits by their defense for years by continuing to employ players who won’t stop playing dirty.

  2. It’s his first offense in the NFL. You don’t necessarily dump him by the wayside after a first offense. I know he had a similar deal in college, but in his professional life this has been his first run in. Take disciplinary action, sure. There’s no “look[ing] the other way.” He’ll be dealt with by the team, not dumped for someone else to pick up. If it becomes a pattern, he’s on the first train out of Pittsburgh.

  3. You should read ALL that Kaboly has said about him and not cherry pick your quotes.
    Extremely bad move? Yes. Thank god no one was killed. But a 4th rounder isn’t immune to being cut. That contract isn’t uneatable for the cap.

  4. I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make here…The guy made a mistake and the Steelers being one of the more respectable organizations are going to give him another shot. Why would they cut him? They just drafted him in the fourth round, plenty of young players/people make mistakes and come back from it ten times stronger and better. I for one am a fan of Alameda and hope he has a great career. Besides, why didn’t you say the same thing about Ndamakong Suh?

  5. i know these guys are supposed to be grown men, but for their own sake and the sake of civilians everywhere the nfl and the nflpa should give them minders… at least the guys in their first two or three years in the league. this combination of youth, sudden money, jacked up testosterone levels and a feeling of muscular invincibility is toxic in everyday life.

  6. It wan’t a mistake. What he did was by choice. He chose to drink n drive. He should pay the price just like anyone.

  7. How do you equate his fellow players’ words with the organization’s support of him? I didn’t know Casey Hampton and Ryan Clark called the shots in the front office.

    Additionally, this issue is not even three days old. What personnel decisions happen that quickly? For all we know, with five felonies, five misdemeanors and a slew of other citations, the issue will take care of itself. No need to kick a guy, who is obviously a friend to them, while he is down.

  8. This isn’t favoritism, nor is it a blatant disregard for doing “what’s right.” We’re talking about a mid-round rookie that hasn’t seen the field getting into trouble with the law. The organization certainly isn’t forced to keep him due to his monster 4th round contract, nor are they forced to keep him as he’s become such a vital part of their defensive, er, bench…

    Shouldn’t matter what team he plays for, he should be given a chance to get his act cleaned up – and that’s got a far better chance of succeeding with the support of an organization than on his own.

  9. Steelers fans get a bad rep for defending their team.. but im gonna have to defend here.. so ben is a woman beater? not quite.. hes an idiot who had sex with a worthless soul in a bar bathroom. A few players basically said that theyre not going to kick this guy while hes down, although they acknowledge what he did was wrong.

  10. Why is it we look at a DUI as if somone has a infectious disease??? I don’t condone the drinking and driving but is a fact of life it goes on. I’m sure as in all cases once caught you are sorry but we really look at someone who robs a bank in more regard than ne with a DUI. Doesn’t make this player or anyone that has had one a bad bad person. here are many out ther doing much worse than this. We want to give everyone a second chance but not ones caught for a DUI. Goe to your local court and check oput the docket…85 percent will be DUI cases. It is a money maker.

  11. For other teams to pick up???? This guy is going to do hard time. It is one thing to have a DUI, it is another to try to drive over cops while trying to escape…..

    Cops don’t like being driven over while trying to escape and I’m sure that the DA will throw the book at him, Steeler or not!!!!

  12. This isn’t just a DUI, He placed the lives of several people to include a young woman and several police officers in immediate threat of severe injury/death.

    The officers, based on reports in the media, could’ve used deadly force.

    This was a serious incident folks that could have very easily turned out tragic.

    MF hit the nail on the head on this one. This incident just illustrates the hypocrisy of the Rooney’s and their pure as snow do the right thing image.

    I don’t know how many other owners would have taken the same stance, but I’m sure it would be more than half. The owners first and last worry is how things affect the bottom line, everything else is just noise to them.

    Just look at the referee debacle for the most recent example.

  13. When I read the title to this article I thought it was just another DUI arrest and had no problem with the team standing by him.
    But the list of offenses is rather extensive and its clear that the only thing he is truly remorseful about is the fact that he got caught. Scum

  14. tdubdizzle says:
    Oct 16, 2012 11:06 AM
    I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make here…The guy made a mistake and the Steelers being one of the more respectable organizations are going to give him another shot. Why would they cut him? They just drafted him in the fourth round, plenty of young players/people make mistakes and come back from it ten times stronger and better. I for one am a fan of Alameda and hope he has a great career. Besides, why didn’t you say the same thing about Ndamakong Suh?
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    Don’t know what YOU read, but from what I read, he made SEVERAL “mistakes” back to back to back, during the same incident. Obviously, that’s not just “a mistake”.

  15. I was on the street where this happened late Saturday/(early Sunday) … it was crazy….I actually thought the cops chasing him were gonna kill somebody, they went about 60 mph up a tight alley street

  16. It is not like he is so good they are looking the other way. This kid has not even played. They are just making sure they help him, instead of make his situation worse for him.

    We don’t know his personal life, and I am glad they are looking out for his best as a human.

  17. NFL players that have been charged with DUI since the Super Bowl: Marshawn Lynch, Eric Wright, Aaron Berry, David Diehl, Justin Blackmon, Jerome Felton, Nick Fairley, Brandon Meriweather, Daryius Heyward-Bey, Ray McDonald…all are still playing in the NFL

  18. laserw says: Oct 16, 2012 11:00 AM

    Just like the Steelers to defend worthless pieces of human debris. They’ve done this for the wife/girlfriend beater (Big Ben) and condoned illegal hits by their defense for years by continuing to employ players who won’t stop playing dirty.
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    too bad Roethlieberger would have received huge contract offers from any other team within a minute of the Steelers letting him go, idiot.

  19. Reto says:
    Oct 16, 2012 11:47 AM
    NFL players that have been charged with DUI since the Super Bowl: Marshawn Lynch, Eric Wright, Aaron Berry, David Diehl, Justin Blackmon, Jerome Felton, Nick Fairley, Brandon Meriweather, Daryius Heyward-Bey, Ray McDonald…all are still playing in the NFL.

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    Did they try to run over the officers that were arresting them?

  20. Can’t believe this is the same organization I’ve supported all these years. Bad decisions being made from the too down, and the results will continue to be losses.

  21. “The Steeler way”

    Rape, drug use, women beating, DUIs, bad drafts, losing record…

    And this was a little bit more than just getting a DUI, the guy went on a rampage with his car. Carson street isn’t that big, he could have killed someone. He’s an animal that should be behind bars.

  22. It’s not just the steelers organization who looks the other way. The other 31 teams do the same thing. The NFL has become an organization where there doesn’t seem to be punishment for behaving badly. And truth be told, if the steelers released him, another team would pick him up.

  23. All those saying “this is his first offense as a pro player…” if he had killed someone, would that person’s family have been comforted by that fact? It doesn’t matter if its your first time or your hundredth time, DUI should be heavily punished. Especially if you are a person with the means to hire a car service. To me DUI is you saying other people’s lives are worthless to you because invariably drunk drivers kill people (and more often than not, the bastards do not die!).

  24. how do you equate a couple players voicing support to the front office decision makers?

    i see no quotes from the Steelers brass. he may very well be cut in the coming days.

  25. Nothing to see here folks, it’s only a Steeler, maybe if it was a Bengal we’d have a real story.

    Also real classy comment by “Daburger” earlier, do you consider all possible rape victims “worthless souls” or just the ones that are raped by your team?

  26. With all the charges against him he won’t be getting a get out of jail free card. He’s going to spend some time behind bars. If he’s lucky it will be county jail and not the big house.

  27. tdubdizzle says:
    Oct 16, 2012 11:06 AM
    I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make here…The guy made a mistake and the Steelers being one of the more respectable organizations are going to give him another shot. Why would they cut him? They just drafted him in the fourth round, plenty of young players/people make mistakes and come back from it ten times stronger and better. I for one am a fan of Alameda and hope he has a great career. Besides, why didn’t you say the same thing about Ndamakong Suh?

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    well, yeah. No need to make an example of him. It’s not like he “allegedly” assaulted drunken college co-eds or anything…

  28. The Steelers just suspended Ta’amu for 2 weeks without pay and banned him from the team facility. And this is before any legal proceedings. We can expect more punishment if he is convicted, esp on the felony charges.

    How does that play into your headline of “Steelers support Ta’amu after DUI arrest”?

  29. Me=Steelers fan

    I was in favor of ditchin Ben after the Georgia incident.

    I wasn’t in favor of letting Ta’amu go until I just read that he was busted for the same thing in 2009.

    I’m all for second chances in life. But in football, when it comes to 3rd chances, that’s when I’m all for letting the person go somewhere else to get that chance.

  30. Look before we jump the gun the front office will take a look and make a decision. Last time I checked we had the balls to drop our MVP superbowl winning catch guy Holmes. Warn him let the court handle it and if he does it again drop him for a bag of balls too

  31. melikefootball–Why is it we look at a DUI as if somone has a infectious disease??? I don’t condone the drinking and driving but is a fact of life it goes on. I’m sure as in all cases once caught you are sorry but we really look at someone who robs a bank in more regard than ne with a DUI. Doesn’t make this player or anyone that has had one a bad bad person. here are many out ther doing much worse than this. We want to give everyone a second chance but not ones caught for a DUI. Goe to your local court and check oput the docket…85 percent will be DUI cases. It is a money maker.
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    OMG–are u a freakin idiot? It wasn’t just DUI–how about resisting arrest, trying to run over the police, aggravated assault, etc…And even if it was what happens if he kills someone?The last thing right now this guy should be allowed to do is play football..

  32. knackstermyea says:
    Oct 16, 2012 11:13 AM
    It wan’t a mistake. What he did was by choice. He chose to drink n drive. He should pay the price just like anyone.

    Yes – and the steelers suspended him for 2 weeks wihtout pay. That’s close to $50,000 before taxes. (he makes 390,000 a season)

    If that’s not paying the price, i don’t know what is.

  33. I’m all for guys getting a second chance. We all make mistakes, and I would hope that if someone in your family or friends made a mistake that you wouldn’t turn your back on them. Guys on any team are often not just co-workers but friends. I get why they want to “support” him. I think that’s fair.

    I draw a hardline though from an organization stand point, however. Playing football in the NFL (or having any job in general) is a right and not a privilege. The Steelers should (and likely will) cut this kid following his arraignment.

  34. I love the Ravens fans supporting their team with multiple murders coming on the Steeler threads to whine about DUIs……

  35. willyalistentothis:
    Ernie Holmes suffered a mental breakdown while driving on the Ohio Turnpike in 1973. I’d hardly equate a mental condition to a self-induced condition via alcohol.
    Nice try, though.

  36. I love the steelers, but this is a bad move. Pittsburgh has a decades long reputation of not tolerating this kind of bs. Sure there was the accusations of Big Ben, who I feel was handled appropriately by the league (regardless of your opinion on this case, he was never charged with a crime) but then Harrison smacks his woman around and does the whole guns for no reason magazine spread, and he is not disciplined for stepping out of line. Granted this is the Super Bowl winning Qb and all pro line backer, so we let it slide. But now a 4th round rookie piles up a list of felonies, including trying to run down a cop? It’s a perfect time to send that message of being accountable for your actions. Things have gotten a bit lax around this team since the departure of Cower and Dan Rooney, and they need to see that anyone is vulnerable to being released. Ryan Clark may call him “family”, but he’s not. It’s a game.

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