Steelers hold onto Alameda Ta’amu

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The Steelers had to make a roster move Wednesday afternoon with defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu returning from his two-game suspension, a decision that held some intrigue for the rookie.

Pittsburgh could have cut him and moved on after Ta’amu’s arrest on Oct. 14. Ta’amu was charged with 15 different crimes, including felony charges of fleeing police, aggravated assault while driving drunk and three counts of aggravated assault for trying to hit police officers with his car. The team suspended him after the arrest and had a two-day roster exemption to decide how to get back to 53 men. They decided to hold onto the rookie for the time being and released safety Damon Cromartie-Smith.

“I was scared,” Ta’amu said, via Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times. “But it’s good to know that everybody here is behind me.”

Ta’amu called the arrest “the biggest mistake of my life” and pledged that nothing like it would ever happen again. Ta’amu hasn’t played in a game yet this season.

20 responses to “Steelers hold onto Alameda Ta’amu

  1. You can always count the Steelers being there for their players. Alameda I hope you learn from this experience cause you can truly be an asset in the coming future. That being said…Strike 1

  2. The Steelers have traditionally stood behind most players after the first screw up. However Ta’amu should realize that he’s on a short leash. Santonio Holmes, Cedric Wilson, Eric Green, and Bam Morris were jetisoned after repeated behavior problems.

    The bigger question is how can you make that much money and not be smart enough to call a cab or even take a limo out for the evening?

    Sheesh.

  3. I don’t condone that kind of behavior from a professional athlete or even from anyone. But to hear the Steelers did this, I admire that organization for giving the boy a second chance.

  4. What happened to “The Steeler Way” that all these Steelers fans have been spewing lately? What happened to all the Steelers fans claiming he would get cut because Pittsburgh being the First Class Organization that it is wont put up with this like Baltimore and Cincy will? Hilarious!

  5. You know who else was scared?

    All the people seeing an SUV fly the wrong way up Carson St with a drunk lunatic trying to run down cops.

    For anyone not in Pittsburgh & doesn’t know, Carson is a big time party corridor, and it’s always packed on weekends. Ta’amu easily could have killed someone.

    Gosh, the Steelers would’ve had to suspend him a whole week for something like that…….

  6. greglloydrules says:Oct 31, 2012 5:14 PM

    You can always count the Steelers being there for their players. Alameda I hope you learn from this experience cause you can truly be an asset in the coming future. That being said…Strike 1

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    More like 15 strikes. You know, as in the number of crimes he committed

  7. @haftergmbv

    The bigger question is how can you make that much money and not be smart enough to call a cab or even take a limo out for the evening?

    Sheesh.
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    Sorry, but mature responsible adult behavior is not a function of how much money one makes. It is a function of maturity and that results from TIME living life. The guy is 21 or so. Try to reflect back to your own stupid mistakes before you were MATURE. We all had them.

    That being said, all the charges were from one terrible incident and I hope he learns from that like Ben obviously has.

  8. I would have loved to see the Steelers leave him suspended pending the outcome of his case. If he’s found guilty, I hope they cut him. Sorry, this isn’t a “first mistake” – this is 15 mistakes all rolled up into one. Any ONE of the offenses I could almost see cutting him some slack, but given the gravity of some of the crap he pulled and the fact the he apparently kept doubling-down on bad decisions… if found guilty of more than 3 of the charges, send him packing.

  9. He screwed up, everyone has made dumb mistakes in their lives. This kid is no different. I’m sure the team has let him know if he makes any more problems for himself or the franchise he is out the door.

  10. I’m surprised they kept him. He still has the legal proceedings to contend with, so I don’t see him playing anytime soon.

    D. Stallworth got a second chance, and made the best he could of it. Hopefully this kid figures it out before he kills someone or himself.

  11. Oh, come on … admit it. No matter how law-abiding you are, haven’t you ever wanted to ram your car into a bunch of other vehicles for the fun of it (as long as no one got hurt)? This guy kind of lived everyone’s secret fantasy 😉

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