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Some Steelers wondering if area near facility is safe

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In the wake of teammate Mike Adams being stabbed by attempted carjackers, some Steelers players are wondering if they’re safe in the area around the team’s facility.

The Steelers moved to their facility on Pittsburgh’s South Side in 2000, and since then, a number of incidents have made them wary of the neighborhood.

Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the area was “a dangerous place,” and others are agreeing with him.

Adams was stabbed in the stomach and arm about 15 blocks from the team facility, outside a restaurant. Defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu’s drunken fleeing from police that ended when he crashed into parked cars (he pleaded guilty in April) happened a short distance away.

That has some players agreeing with Tomlin about the security of the area.

“It’s proven that it’s not [safe],” running back Isaac Redman said. “If you do choose to go out, you might need to seek security or make sure you’re not by yourself. But we definitely have to learn from what happened. . . .

“When you’re going out and having a good time with your friends, you have to also think that we could be targets. You have to take what happened to him and learn from it. Things like this have happened in the past. It’s happened to him now. If we don’t learn from it, go out and make the same mistakes, that would be foolish on our part.”

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley has partnered with an area group called Prevent Another Crime Today to try to reduce crime in the city, and said it could have happened anywhere.

“Nah, it’s not just the South Side, that’s the thing,” Woodley said. “We look at it because it happened on the South Side, but there’s stuff that happens everywhere, it just doesn’t get reported. Being that it was a Pittsburgh Steeler, now the light shines on it. But stuff like that happens every day.”

Of course, any concentration of bars and restaurants and clubs will generally be popular with young people with disposable income, whether they play football or not. And those that prey on others will always find those areas.

That means the Steelers have to be more careful when they’re close to home.

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38 Responses to “Some Steelers wondering if area near facility is safe”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 5, 2013 2:25 PM

    During business hours: Yes.
    At 3 in the morning: No.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2013 2:26 PM

    The local criminal element for it’s part, is circulating a petition to keep Tomlin out of the neighborhood. “He looks mean and dangerous”, complained one drug lord and murderer, “we just don’t feel safe here anymore.”.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 5, 2013 2:27 PM

    Point taken, but bad example to use Ta’amu story. His drunken/crazy antics had nothing to do with the location.

  4. schmitty2 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:31 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong but how does Ta’amu’s drunk driving arrest factor into the team questioning if the area is unsafe when he was the dummy who did it and he is…you know..actually on the team?

  5. cheapseater says: Jun 5, 2013 2:35 PM

    “area near facility” = City of Pittsburgh

    answer = no

  6. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    I thought they were the big bad steelers???? I guess they are getting SOFT. typical and their fans as well.

  7. citizenstrange says: Jun 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    Drunk and 3:00 AM is the one-two punch.

    I eat dinner between 4:00 and 4:30 pm and go to bed no later than 7:15.

  8. aldavis4president says: Jun 5, 2013 2:42 PM

    Mike tomlin should talk about how woman dnt feel safe in Pittsburgh when they see big Ben rapelesburger at the same club they’re at. I wonder how he still roams the streets a free man. Men who take advantage of woman are jokes of men.

  9. humbleminded85 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:44 PM

    “Defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu’s drunken fleeing from police that ended when he crashed into parked cars (he pleaded guilty in April) happened a short distance away.”

    On behalf of everyone you just confused…what the heck does that have to do with anything???

  10. spellingcops says: Jun 5, 2013 2:45 PM

    citizenstrange says: Jun 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    Drunk and 3:00 AM is the one-two punch.

    I eat dinner between 4:00 and 4:30 pm and go to bed no later than 7:15.
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    7:15?! Are you 110?

  11. bensstinkyfingers says: Jun 5, 2013 2:48 PM

    No one is safe in a 3 mile radius of #7 when he’s on a drinking binge. They don’t call it the “Pitts” for nothing, armpit of the Midwest, steadily on the decline as is the team. Stay Classy Pitts.

  12. joemammy says: Jun 5, 2013 2:49 PM

    It’s a real shame that this sort of thing goes on in the capital of Appalachia. I know that my family will have to search for a new vacation spot.

  13. markustt says: Jun 5, 2013 2:52 PM

    “Defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu’s drunken fleeing from police that ended when he crashed into parked cars (he pleaded guilty in April) happened a short distance away.”

    So at least one Steeler is part of the crime problem.

  14. steelcurtainn says: Jun 5, 2013 2:53 PM

    Oh, Please. Where is safe in the good ol usa? What happen to Adams can happen anywhere. My suggestion is don’t be outdoors at 3:00 a.m. in the morning.

  15. albertmn says: Jun 5, 2013 2:56 PM

    bensstinkyfingers says:
    Jun 5, 2013 2:48 PM
    No one is safe in a 3 mile radius of #7 when he’s on a drinking binge. They don’t call it the “Pitts” for nothing, armpit of the Midwest, steadily on the decline as is the team. Stay Classy Pitts.
    __________________
    In what deluded geography class is Pittsburgh in the Midwest?

  16. CKL says: Jun 5, 2013 2:58 PM

    aldavis4president says:
    Jun 5, 2013 2:42 PM
    Mike tomlin should talk about how woman dnt feel safe in Pittsburgh when they see big Ben rapelesburger at the same club they’re at. I wonder how he still roams the streets a free man. Men who take advantage of woman are jokes of men.
    ________________________________

    There aren’t that many people who dislike BR more than I do but those two women were groupies (Nevada and Milledgeville). Sure he shouldn’t have bought them drinks in GA if they didn’t have the wristbands saying they were 21, but that’s the only real thing he did that wasn’t legal. He’s just a bad judge of groupies, and was well known for being boorish (which isn’t illegal, just kind of a frat boy mentality). The ones he chose were bunny boilers looking for relationships or to make a name for themselves instead of ones who would screw him and go quietly into the night.

  17. FoozieGrooler says: Jun 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    Strangely, crime in the area has increased [i]sharply[/i] since Ray Lewis retired.
    So, has anyone seen him?

  18. catman72 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:21 PM

    I think the problem area is called “Pittsburgh”.

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2013 3:21 PM

    Well, at least Bieber doesn’t live in the neighborhood.

  20. barrick72 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:33 PM

    Hmmm… you could throw a football from the front door of their practice facility and hit the FBI Building. How unsafe is it?

  21. csszrr says: Jun 5, 2013 3:35 PM

    Are kidding? The capital of West Virginia is a dangerous place?

  22. seaeagle707 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:45 PM

    A player was “fleeing” FROM the police? Which indicates that HE did something wrong. If so, then he, is a part of the PROBLEM. He was drunk and driving. He crashed into parked cars. If I lived on Pittsburgh’s South Side I believe that I’d be just as afraid of the players as anyone else.

  23. scoobies05 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    leave it to a steeler fan to bring up ray lewis. how bout this. parts of your city are bad…..like any city

  24. juststeel says: Jun 5, 2013 4:14 PM

    Nothing good happens at 3:00AM anywhere.

  25. mazblast says: Jun 5, 2013 4:18 PM

    So to what part of town do you experts propose that the Steelers move their facilities? The Hill District?

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    leave it to a steeler fan to bring up ray lewis. how bout this. parts of your city are bad…..like any city

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    Leave it to you to cry about poor Ray being brought up… You just don’t get it….people outside of Baltimore hate the guy for the fraud he is and the homers in Baltimore worship him because they don’t care about ethics as long as they get Lombardi’s …smh.

  27. spedman24 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:48 PM

    The NFL network had a show “Top 10 Controversial Calls”, they should have just called it, Steelers All Time Greatest Moment”. It was laughable how many good calls this team has gotten over the years. They should have like 1 or 2 Super Bowls…no more than that. The giants, pats and steelers are always favored by the league.

  28. nathanbetz91 says: Jun 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    if a steelers player drives drunk and hits two parked cars near the practice facility, then its the steelers, or rather one or more steelers, that are making the area dangerous. for example if they moved to the safest part of pittsburgh and he did that they couldnt use it as an excuse for the area being dangerous because it has nothing to do with the safety of the team becuase its self induced.

  29. kgb108 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:08 PM

    Does LaMarr wear a cape when he’s out on the town fighting crime? What’s his nickname?

  30. arcaero says: Jun 5, 2013 10:30 PM

    Pittsburgh: A great place to be from!

  31. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 6, 2013 7:21 AM

    Aren’t the Steeler fans the first ones to point out how much crime there is in Baltimore? Aren’t they they ones who say Baltimore is a dump, the people are dirty, and everyone is a criminal? Just checking.

  32. scoobies05 says: Jun 6, 2013 2:57 PM

    just substitute ben for ray and you may be on to something.

  33. antibenapalooza says: Jun 6, 2013 7:59 PM

    CKL says:Jun 5, 2013 2:58 PM

    aldavis4president says:
    Jun 5, 2013 2:42 PM
    Mike tomlin should talk about how woman dnt feel safe in Pittsburgh when they see big Ben rapelesburger at the same club they’re at. I wonder how he still roams the streets a free man. Men who take advantage of woman are jokes of men.
    ________________________________

    There aren’t that many people who dislike BR more than I do but those two women were groupies (Nevada and Milledgeville). Sure he shouldn’t have bought them drinks in GA if they didn’t have the wristbands saying they were 21, but that’s the only real thing he did that wasn’t legal. He’s just a bad judge of groupies, and was well known for being boorish (which isn’t illegal, just kind of a frat boy mentality). The ones he chose were bunny boilers looking for relationships or to make a name for themselves instead of ones who would screw him and go quietly into the night
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    Milledgeville (“Millie”) was not a groupie, just a very drunk and very naive young woman.

  34. bigbadal21 says: Jun 7, 2013 2:53 AM

    Joemontanaflacco says:Jun 6, 2013 7:21 AM

    Aren’t the Steeler fans the first ones to point out how much crime there is in Baltimore? Aren’t they they ones who say Baltimore is a dump, the people are dirty, and everyone is a criminal? Just checking.

    If you clump Steeler fans with everybody in the US outside of Baltimore then yes you are correct.

  35. cfeeley52 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:34 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jun 5, 2013 4:23 PM
    leave it to a steeler fan to bring up ray lewis. how bout this. parts of your city are bad…..like any city

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    Leave it to you to cry about poor Ray being brought up… You just don’t get it….people outside of Baltimore hate the guy for the fraud he is and the homers in Baltimore worship him because they don’t care about ethics as long as they get Lombardi’s …smh.
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    I can say the EXACT same thing about Roethlisberger…

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 7, 2013 12:30 PM

    1 0
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    Leave it to you to cry about poor Ray being brought up… You just don’t get it….people outside of Baltimore hate the guy for the fraud he is and the homers in Baltimore worship him because they don’t care about ethics as long as they get Lombardi’s …smh.
    ———————————–
    I can say the EXACT same thing about Roethlisberger…

    With 52 in your handle its obvious that murder is something you don’t object to as long as slasher could be on the field. Bens no prize, but no one died because of his indiscretions …big difference, but one you are to primitive to make.

  37. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 8, 2013 11:55 AM

    No one died because of Ray Lewis’s indiscretions. All of Lewis’s illegal conduct was post homicide. Once again, you misstate the facts and prove you can’t be trusted. Sad.

  38. lagg1 says: Jun 10, 2013 6:27 AM

    A lot of fans from other teams would have liked number 52 in his peak years. They just wouldn’t admit it.

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