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NFL will review Ta’amu case

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As usual, pleading guilty doesn’t end an NFL player’s issues.  From the perspective of his employment, the guilty plea often begins them.

In the case of the guilty plea entered Thursday by Steelers defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu, the league will now review the case, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.

The final charges — reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and drunk driving — implicate the personal-conduct policy and the substance-abuse policy.  Punishment, in theory, could be implemented under either or both of those standards.

The Steelers suspended Ta’amu for two games without pay in the wake of the arrest.  Despite the fact that teams have no authority to discipline players for violations of the personal-conduct policy or the substance-abuse policy, the punishment wasn’t challenged by the player or the NFLPA in the hopes, we were told at the time, that a second suspension wouldn’t be imposed.

For now, it remains to be seen what the NFL will do, given the relatively extreme facts of Ta’amu’s case.  In fairness to Ta’amu, the three officers he encountered and evaded (and nearly ran over first with his car and later with his body) were off duty and not in uniform.

Still, this was far more involved and dangerous than a run-of-the-mill DUI, and it won’t be a surprise if the league office takes further action against Ta’amu.

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24 Responses to “NFL will review Ta’amu case”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 11:31 PM

    Some portion of the sloppy arrest can be blamed on the time delay as the three officers drew straws to see who had to tackle Ta’amu. Police footage drew a chuckle when one officer was overheard muttering “Alameda, whatever…this perp is the size of ****ing Alameda County…”.

  2. ravenator says: Apr 4, 2013 11:55 PM

    This is the same guy that tried to run over his own fans. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pittsburgh cheered for his return.

  3. footballfan01 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:11 AM

    Ban ravenator.

  4. Stiller43 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:08 AM

    Turds like this should be banished from the nfl…and im saying this as a steeler fan who was pumped to draft

  5. Stiller43 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:08 AM

    Pumped to draft him*

  6. kmkhaine says: Apr 5, 2013 1:13 AM

    The class of the N F L

  7. jtm12180 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:30 AM

    The embarrassment he caused himself, his family, & his team isn’t enough, is it goodell?! Punk always has to get involved and issue a suspension without pay. That $20 million a year gotta come from somewhere…tool

  8. 6superbowls says: Apr 5, 2013 6:52 AM

    You know Roger’s gotta get his cut… Big fine coming…

  9. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 5, 2013 8:05 AM

    Who cares what the NFL says. The Steelers are above the NFL. We are in our own stratosphere. We make the laws, and we are above all of them. We’re our own entity. We have 6 lombardis. And that gives us the right to be our,own governing body! We beat super bowl teams with 3rd string quarterbacks. That’s how good we are! And if it wasn’t for a fluke bad season we would of won it all again! Don’t hate us cause were awesome! Don’t hate us because we are the model of what every professional organization strives to be! Hate us because you envy. Your jealousy is like a waterfall. It never stops! We are the mighty Steelers. We are built tough, and we will stomp your little team to bits! We are Steeler nation…. Here us roarrrrr!

  10. melikefootball says: Apr 5, 2013 8:30 AM

    Not this is not a dangerous act but interesting the league looks at this but backed down from bounties that could have hurt players in the NFL.

  11. steelerfanjo says: Apr 5, 2013 8:34 AM

    Yet Ray Lewis played in the Super Bowl and no one cared. The NFL is a joke anymore.

  12. ravenator says: Apr 5, 2013 8:42 AM

    He seems like an outstanding citizen of the community. What a joke. Sweet draft pick Pittsburgh.

  13. nickster31 says: Apr 5, 2013 10:34 AM

    Hey Ravenator, in the last decade your Ratbirds had NOT 1, BUT 2 murderers on your roster.

    Please do not talk about “outstanding citizens of the community”.

  14. krispyone says: Apr 5, 2013 10:47 AM

    Ravenator, look at your own team before you start throwing stones. But what else can be expected from a pre teen who hides out in his mothers basement,and who also has no football knowledge what so ever

  15. krispyone says: Apr 5, 2013 10:50 AM

    Ravenator……..Christian Thompson………..Ray Lewis…….yeah you are not too much of a hypocrite

  16. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Apr 5, 2013 11:27 AM

    If he’s smart he’ll take his medicine and maybe he’ll get another opportunity to impress on the field. He’s lucky he’s not in jail for a homicide.

  17. ravenator says: Apr 5, 2013 11:43 AM

    What a shocker – Pittsburgh fans cheering for an awful human being who has no concern for the general public let alone fans of the team he is employed by. Just another typical steeler player I guess. You should feel proud Pittsburgh – you hacve a real class act in Ta’amu

  18. morganstan100 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:27 PM

    Hey Nickster31, please don’t throw around terms like murderer unless you can back it up. Ray Lewis was involved in the homicide of two people that was adjudicated to be SELF DEFENSE. I use the word adjudicated because that’s exactly what did not happen to charges raised against a famous quarterback who shall remain nameless.

  19. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Apr 5, 2013 12:52 PM

    Trade him to Dallas where he belongs.

  20. krispyone says: Apr 5, 2013 1:39 PM

    morganstan100 says:
    Apr 5, 2013 12:27 PM
    Hey Nickster31, please don’t throw around terms like murderer unless you can back it up. Ray Lewis was involved in the homicide of two people that was adjudicated to be SELF DEFENSE. I use the word adjudicated because that’s exactly what did not happen to charges raised against a famous quarterback who shall remain namele

    Who some people are simple. First off there were never any charges filed against said QB because of lack of evidence, hence charges cant be adjudicated if there were never any in the first place. Secondly Lewis pleaded out to a lesser charge in return for his testimony against his friends. If you are going to try and act smart, at least know what you are talking about

  21. morganstan100 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:58 PM

    krispyone,

    Lewis’s friends were acquitted because the homicides were adjudicated as acts of self defense — not murder. So, calling him a murderer is flat out wrong because there was no murder. I do know what I’m talking about because I’m talking about a VERDICT. You must have all the rape investigation folders in your possession to be able to make the bold assertion that the prosecutor could never have proved his case. Otherwise, your opinion is about a valid as any other Big Ben apologist.

  22. aj4569 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:57 PM

    All of you ravens fans are stupid.

  23. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Apr 5, 2013 4:06 PM

    Please dump the comment section.

  24. krispyone says: Apr 5, 2013 5:47 PM

    Morganstan,

    obviously you dont know what your talking about because I never said his friends werent aquitted I said Lewis plead to lesser charges, which means he admitted guilt, that my friend is a VERDICT. And what other reason would have no charges been filed against Ben?? Logic says that if there was enough evidence, charges would have been filed. Or are you friends with the prosecuter, who told you differently?

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