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Ta’amu gets probation after DUI incident

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Last year, Steelers rookie defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu was involved in a DUI incident that extended far beyond the run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest.

A fourth-round pick in 2012, Ta’amu allegedly evaded the police, crashing his vehicle into other cars after nearly running over an officer whose gun was drawn.  He was charged with felony counts of fleeing police, aggravated assault while driving drunk, and three counts of aggravated assault, along with 10 misdemeanors including resisting arrest, attempting escape, drunk driving, and failure to obey traffic laws.

Ta’amu allegedly ran past two other officers who also had their guns drawn.

In other words, Ta’amu is lucky he’s alive.  He’s also lucky he’s not going to prison.

According to the Associated Press, Ta’amu has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and drunk driving.  For his sentence, he’ll spend four days in a “DUI hotel” and serve 18 months probation.

“I know what I’ve done is wrong,” Ta’amu said.  “I’d do anything to make it right.  What I did affected my whole family.  I’ve got to keep learning from my mistakes.  So far, I think I’ve done a good job of staying away [from alcohol].”

The Steelers suspended Ta’amu for two games after the arrest, which arguably prevents the NFL from imposing another suspension.  He later was cut but then re-signed to the practice squad.  Ta’amu currently is a member of the team’s offseason roster.

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46 Responses to “Ta’amu gets probation after DUI incident”
  1. jeremywflores says: Apr 4, 2013 3:03 PM

    Steelers, stop drafting like the Lions.

  2. zenrooster says: Apr 4, 2013 3:04 PM

    Another Husky Bust

  3. rayguyreturns says: Apr 4, 2013 3:04 PM

    Of course if any of us had done (been that stupid) this, we wouldn’t see the light of day for 8 years.

  4. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 4, 2013 3:09 PM

    It’s great steelers are giving him a second chance. At least he didn’t stab anyone or drag them alongside a car.

  5. cowboys13for6 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:11 PM

    Not saying Josh Brent wasn’t wrong but he got crucified more than this piece of garbage. At least his was not with pure intent to harm/kill.

  6. kingmj4891 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:14 PM

    He should be in jail for an extended period of time like any other non-athlete/non-celebration/non-politician would be, makes me sick.

    Pittsburgh you stay classy with those corrupt prosecutors.

  7. jimr10 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:20 PM

    It’s good to be a rich professional football player.

  8. trollaikman8 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:20 PM

    Hines Ward looks down upon this kind of reckless driving.

  9. maddog111 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:20 PM

    cowboys13for6 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 3:11 PM
    Not saying Josh Brent wasn’t wrong but he got crucified more than this piece of garbage. At least his was not with pure intent to harm/kill.
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    Aww, poor Josh Brent got crucified more, and all he did was kill his best friend.

  10. pigskinwizzard says: Apr 4, 2013 3:22 PM

    This is when Steeler fans take it too far. And by “Steeler fans” I mean the County prosecuter that withdrew the felony charges. You think that would have been the decision for a Ravens player or anyone of us — I don’t think so.

    Ridiculous!

  11. johndeerehats says: Apr 4, 2013 3:26 PM

    I want to know who his lawyer is. This guy got a huge break. Something tells me though if you or me were to commit the same crimes, we’d see prison time.

  12. iamapatsfan says: Apr 4, 2013 3:28 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of crap to only get probation.

  13. classyjacklambert says: Apr 4, 2013 3:30 PM

    Ridiculous.

  14. romosmicrodongs says: Apr 4, 2013 3:34 PM

    just goes to show the dichotomy in our legal system. there are the punishments for the rich and elite and punishments for regular citizens…

  15. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 4, 2013 3:36 PM

    In Cali, you would not have survived. Multiply the number of officers times 15 and that’s how many holes you would have not counting the ones god gave you. If somehow you did survive and weren’t a pro athlete or its monetary equivalent, you would be gone for 15 years. Real justice for the fortunate.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 4, 2013 3:38 PM

    Who cares how he drives. How good does he stuff the run?

  17. jamaltimore says: Apr 4, 2013 3:54 PM

    Unlike philly where there’s a jail cell in the stadium for the FANS , Pittsburgh has a probation office in the training center so it’s more convenient for their Players to report!

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 3:56 PM

    Ta ta, Ta’amu.

  19. higgy1 says: Apr 4, 2013 3:57 PM

    Another player gets a slap on the wrist !!!

  20. patfanken says: Apr 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    Comparing what this kid did with what happened in the Dennard bar fight just shows how UNEQUAL justice is from one place to another.

    This kid gets off with probation and a slap on the wrist after endangering the police and public, and Dennard will have to live with a felony on his record because the guy he took a swing at in a bar fight turned out to be a cop, plus face real jail time.

    BTW- I’m not making judgments here or saying one is worse than the other. Just pointing out how different these cases can go.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 4, 2013 4:02 PM

    jamaltimore says:
    Apr 4, 2013 3:54 PM
    Unlike philly where there’s a jail cell in the stadium for the FANS , Pittsburgh has a probation office in the training center so it’s more convenient for their Players to report!

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    Another brilliant example of raven fans sense of fairness. You give slashing Ray Lewis a second chance, but want to be funny about this guy…shows you how hypocritical that fan base is…smh

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 4, 2013 4:04 PM

    To all you losers complaining about NFL players getting special treatment:

    Try doing something with your lives besides sitting behind a computer complaining how life is so unfair to you. Last I checked, they don’t just hand out NFL roster spots, you have to earn it.

    Well, Flacco aside.

  23. mungman69 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:10 PM

    I’ve never been arrested so to me ANY of these charges should land a person in jail. Gee, do you think that he got off cause he’s a football player. If next time, and there will be a next time, he kills some one they should kill that prosecutor.

  24. mrphatal says: Apr 4, 2013 4:18 PM

    Things are looking up in SlumCity. Atleast her didnt smash his dome like your QB.

  25. stillers213 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:22 PM

    He should be cut then serve a jail sentence equal to the crime like the rest of us would have to. After that, he is welcome to try out for any team he wants.

  26. pittsburghfan71 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:31 PM

    Innocent until proven guilty… its not like he murdered his wife then lead police on a chase driving a ford bronco or something… oh wait OJ was innocent.

  27. morganstan100 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:48 PM

    Uh…Pittsburghfan71…he pleaded guilty. Didn’t you read the article above?

  28. steelcityfinest13 says: Apr 4, 2013 4:55 PM

    Im shocked they didnt shoot him like they did tha1 dude and his mom!! The courts in pittsburgh are a joke..i live here i know!

  29. jeffa43 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:10 PM

    I heard Raventator got his first job at hot dog on a stick in the mall….

    I did not believe it… But no post from him today!

  30. bigcid10 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:14 PM

    if you think he didn’t pay,think again
    that lawyer probably cost about 50,000
    the damage cost about 50,000
    the probation another 2-3000
    plus another 10-20000 in settlements
    the courts just made him pay more
    where it hurts

  31. randallflagg52 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:31 PM

    Gosh, that 2012 draft class is sure looking like a winner pittsburgh. DeCastro and Adams both look like they should’ve been 5 round picks, then you factor in guys like Rainey (cut after beating his girlfriend), and Ta’amu.

    Oh, and nice to see little man nofool dragging Ray Lewis’ name into yet another conversation. Last I checked an obstruction of justice charge doesn’t even come close to what Ta’amu did.

  32. halftermguv says: Apr 4, 2013 5:37 PM

    It is laughable when fans complain about this guy as if their team’s past actions allow them to speak from a higher ground (especially Baltimore).

    Here’s the higher ground for all professional teams. It a small flat island in the Pacific with an elevation 0.0001 inches above sea level….oh…and it’s guarded by sasquatches.

  33. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 4, 2013 5:46 PM

    randallflagg52 | Apr 4, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT
    Gosh, that 2012 draft class is sure looking like a winner pittsburgh. DeCastro and Adams both look like they should’ve been 5 round picks, then you factor in guys like Rainey (cut after beating his girlfriend), and Ta’amu.

    Oh, and nice to see little man nofool dragging Ray Lewis’ name into yet another conversation. Last I checked an obstruction of justice charge doesn’t even come close to what Ta’amu did.

    Oh, and nice to see your total lack of logic. In Rays case two people died, need I go further? …in your case yes. You see no one was killed in Ta amu’s case which your little mind can’t seem to recognize. Are you really that blind to reality or is everything Ravens the way you see the world….sad dude sad.

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 4, 2013 5:48 PM

    randallflagg52 | Apr 4, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT
    Gosh, that 2012 draft class is sure looking like a winner pittsburgh. DeCastro and Adams both look like they should’ve been 5 round picks, then you factor in guys like Rainey (cut after beating his girlfriend), and Ta’amu.

    Oh, and nice to see little man nofool dragging Ray Lewis’ name into yet another conversation. Last I checked an obstruction of justice charge doesn’t even come close to what Ta’amu did.

    I guess it would be safe to safe big man small brain like you randal Flagg ?

  35. eaglesfan290 says: Apr 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    I think you can stop saying “allegedly ” after he pleads guilty!!!

    Now you can just say the one the Bengals let slip away in the draft.

  36. captainloaded says: Apr 4, 2013 7:34 PM

    I am from and live in Pittsburgh……This guy should be in jail. I am a Steeler fan, I am a bit of a homer….but this guy should be in jail. He broke the law and his actions hurt others. He should be in jail.

  37. captainloaded says: Apr 4, 2013 7:43 PM

    Also, I believe Ray Lewis should be in jail……

  38. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 4, 2013 8:01 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Apr 4, 2013 4:04 PM

    To all you losers complaining about NFL players getting special treatment:

    Try doing something with your lives besides sitting behind a computer complaining how life is so unfair to you. Last I checked, they don’t just hand out NFL roster spots, you have to earn it.

    Well, Flacco aside
    ————————————————————–
    RIIIIGHT. So like Leona Helmsey said “Taxes are for poor people”. Get a big check and the law doesn’t apply right? Moron.
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    bigcid10 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:14 PM

    if you think he didn’t pay,think again
    that lawyer probably cost about 50,000
    the damage cost about 50,000
    the probation another 2-3000
    plus another 10-20000 in settlements
    the courts just made him pay more
    where it hurts
    ———————————————————–
    Are you kidding? Money that you can literally afford to write a check for hurts more than 4-18 years of your life? Pass the blunt fool, you’re faded.

  39. billsfan1 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:41 PM

    Here is an idea: How about, forget the money this guy paid, lets think about the peoples lives he put in danger. NOt saying that I didnt drive drunk before when I was younger but it was stupid. The problem really arises because people who get caught dont serve any type of punishment in far too many cases.
    This guy should have spent 1 year in jail, not because he is a bad guy but because of the grave and inherent risk you put people through when you drive drunk
    Its incredulous that some people dont get that or understand. You have police offers who put their lives on the line daily at risk, plus any others are in potential harms way.
    I hope anybody who defends this guy or the outcome never loses anybody to a drunk driving accident because I can assure you that the pain never goes away.

  40. steelersfan88007 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:09 PM

    randallflagg52 | Apr 4, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT
    Gosh, that 2012 draft class is sure looking like a winner pittsburgh. DeCastro and Adams both look like they should’ve been 5 round picks, then you factor in guys like Rainey (cut after beating his girlfriend), and Ta’amu.

    Oh, and nice to see little man nofool dragging Ray Lewis’ name into yet another conversation. Last I checked an obstruction of justice charge doesn’t even come close to what Ta’amu did.
    ————————————————–
    What are you on?! Ray Lewis was charged with obstruction of justice for tampering with evidence to prevent police from solving the MURDER of two people. Keep in mind this was a plea deal and he was originally charged with murder. He is at best guilty of allowing a double murderer to get away with it, knowing who the guilty party was. At worst, he’s the murderer.

  41. ravenator says: Apr 4, 2013 11:52 PM

    What a typical steeler. You seriously cheer for this fool? He tried to run your own fans over via vehicular manslaughter.

  42. Just a Fan says: Apr 5, 2013 12:51 AM

    “Oh, and nice to see little man nofool dragging Ray Lewis’ name into yet another conversation. Last I checked an obstruction of justice charge doesn’t even come close to what Ta’amu did.”
    ====================================
    Hiding your white suite because it has dead guys blood all over it is more then obstruction. Ray Lewis can keep pretending to everyone that it didn’t happen, but God knows the truth and so do the families he is still paying off. So yes he will always be brought up, his crime is what all other players are measured by. At least Ray Carruth admitted his guilt.

  43. bigcid10 says: Apr 5, 2013 8:41 AM

    Are you kidding? Money that you can literally afford to write a check for hurts more than 4-18 years of your life? Pass the blunt fool, you’re faded.

    first the guy was a rookie,he not making 4 mil a year
    and that situation was not as bad as it looked
    he was never going to get that much time anyway
    and to some people time is nothing
    if he went to jail ,1 year at the most
    so they hurt him more in his pocket

    you have no clue how the court system works
    fool

  44. steelerben says: Apr 5, 2013 9:35 AM

    Ravenator: I cheer the jersey, not the names on the back. Just like you do.

    And for all of the talk about Steelers loving criminals, I don’t believe there is a single team in the leauge that doesn’t have a single player on their roster that has never been charged with a crime. It is a fact of life. A majority of the players come from poverty ridden urban areas that applaud criminal lifestyles. This type of thinking is burned into the players psyche and is why they don’t just call a cab, or don’t just stay out of New Jersey, or slap around their girlfriend, or burn the white suit, or try and create a drug cartel, or any of the other anti-social behaviors these players engage in.

    Good athlete is not the same thing as good person.

  45. ironman721 says: Apr 6, 2013 5:41 AM

    Who cares? He sucks!

  46. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    ravenator says:
    Apr 4, 2013 11:52 PM
    What a typical steeler. You seriously cheer for this fool? He tried to run your own fans over via vehicular manslaughter.

    6 2 Ah yes Raven logic at its best. Yes we cheer for him just like you drool over your man crush Ray Lewis. But he didn’t kill anyone like your man did….so you are the fool, or is tool or both? As a Raven fan never try for the moral side of any comparison it’s just impossible to justify with Lewis and Suggs…..smh

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