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Hawaii 5-0
10-29-2012, 07:49 PM
Steelers Reinstate Alameda Ta’amu

Posted 3 hours ago

The Steelers reinstated nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu from the team’s Reserved/Suspended List, the team announced today.

Ta’amu was suspended for the Steelers’ last two contests (at Cincinnati and vs. Washington) and was inactive for the first five games of the season. Ta’amu was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Steelers did not have to make any additional changes to the active roster because the team was granted a roster exemption.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-Reinstate-Alameda-Ta’amu/876e52a2-d99a-4050-ae1f-973e16c7ef13

maddog78
10-30-2012, 08:53 AM
Great. He'll be ready to see the field by 2014, right on schedule.

steelfury02
10-30-2012, 10:02 AM
Anyone tell me if they can send him off for a low pick, and if they might have their sights on someone else in the draft?

Rotorhead
10-30-2012, 10:37 AM
Isnt he scheduled for some jail time?

LVSteelersfan
10-30-2012, 02:22 PM
No way he gets out of this without some serious jail time. This was not your ordinary DUI stop. It was hit and run and trying to run over the cops. This guy won't see the light of day for quite some time.

Fire Arians
10-30-2012, 02:41 PM
No way he gets out of this without some serious jail time. This was not your ordinary DUI stop. It was hit and run and trying to run over the cops. This guy won't see the light of day for quite some time.

i don't think he'll be locked up for too long, but he will most likely be going to jail

Ricco Suavez
10-30-2012, 05:20 PM
This guy does community service, pays a hefty fine, even does some re-hab, the league may issue more sanctions. He does not go to jail. This is the way it is in todays society.

Atlanta Dan
10-30-2012, 05:46 PM
Someone gets released from the roster later this week - Ed.B. thinks it will be Ta'amu and that he then goes to the practice squad

Someone might pick up Ta'amu, but since has has been a bust and now has lifestyle issues I guess he will make it safely to the practice squad where maybe he can get his head straight

TRH
10-30-2012, 06:04 PM
I would have rather the Steelers made a statement and just flat-out released him. It would have been a good move to once again show the class of the organization thats been missing for awhile.

Hawaii 5-0
10-30-2012, 08:08 PM
Ta'amu status unclear: Tomlin would not commit to saying DT Alameda Ta'amu's spot on the active roster is safe. But the team's ancillary moves indicate it probably is.

The Steelers cut DL Corbin Bryant from the practice squad Tuesday and signed OL John Malecki and TE Jamie McCoy to their practice squad. Both Malecki and McCoy have long histories with the Steelers over the last two seasons, bouncing on and off the practice squad and active roster.

Releasing a defensive lineman would seem to be a sign that Ta'amu has a future with the Steelers. Ta'amu was arrested on Oct. 14 and charged on 15 counts, including felonies, after an alcohol-fueled chase with police.

"We'll deal with that," Tomlin said about Ta'amu's roster status. "We have a couple days' exemption from the league. Obviously, we're going to do what's best for us professionally here in an effort to win this game this weekend. Obviously, he's still in play. Obviously, we've got a decision to make and we'll make it at the appropriate time.

Pressed further on Ta'amu, and how his future with the Steelers could be tied to legal proceedings or discipline from the NFL, Tomlin said: "They're really separate issues. He's got in-house issues. Of course, he as legal issues and he has National Football League issues. Such is life."

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/nfl-rapidreports/20753322/steelers-running-back-injury-carousel-continues

Riddle_Of_Steel
10-30-2012, 08:28 PM
I would think this is just a formality, in preparation for him to serve 6 months hard time. But if they are freeing up roster spots for him-- not sure what is going on.

I was excited by the pick, but I think if I were the Rooney's I would kick his azz to the curb for that fiasco. That was no innocent "made a young mistake" kind of thing-- that was pretty bad.

Hawaii 5-0
10-30-2012, 08:35 PM
Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 10.30.12

TUESDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2012
WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE

kjacksonpgh: Hi Ed, Is it possible that rookie defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu could be released from the team. I know he was recently arrested on Oct. 14 and being charged with 15 counts will not help, but everything that I had read seems to state that this was out of his character. Your Thoughts

Ed Bouchette: My thoughts are just what I wrote on my blog lately, that the Steelers will need to make a roster move by 4 p.m. Wednesday and Ta'amu is the one I believe will be made.

War18: Ed, Saw Ta'amu is back from suspension, any chance he will see some playing time?

Ed Bouchette: More a chance you'll see him on the practice squad.

http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/118688-ed-bouchettes-steelers-chat-transcript-103012

Fire Haley
10-31-2012, 04:15 PM
it was a short ride


S Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith has been waived to clear a roster spot

maddog78
10-31-2012, 05:43 PM
I thought the Steelers didn't put up with knuckleheads and bad character guys?

SteelerJay
10-31-2012, 08:10 PM
why the fcuk you guys want to send him to jail???

young guy made a mistake...make him do serious community work and use his status a s a pro player to educate other young people of the seriousness of the problem..

but because the jails are privatized, yuns quick to send people to prison, to make money for prison owners

steelax04
10-31-2012, 08:43 PM
why the fcuk you guys want to send him to jail???

young guy made a mistake...make him do serious community work and use his status a s a pro player to educate other young people of the seriousness of the problem..

but because the jails are privatized, yuns quick to send people to prison, to make money for prison owners

If he is found guilty of what he was charged with, then yes, he should be doing some jail time.

I also forgot to mention that this post is horrible. :wave:

maddog78
10-31-2012, 09:03 PM
why the fcuk you guys want to send him to jail???

young guy made a mistake...make him do serious community work and use his status a s a pro player to educate other young people of the seriousness of the problem..

but because the jails are privatized, yuns quick to send people to prison, to make money for prison owners

Judges aren't privatized. Jails don't send people to jails.

IowaSteeler927
11-01-2012, 07:32 AM
Judges aren't privatized. Jails don't send people to jails.

Precisely. I am a Detention Officer at the County Level. IF he is found guilty he should get jail time because jail time fits that sort of crime. What he allegedly did is inexcusable and his status as a pro player shouldn't garner him special treatment.

steelfury02
11-01-2012, 10:04 AM
"Join the club Alameda"
http://blog.sparrowmedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/johnny_cash_folsom_prison.jpg

Rotorhead
11-01-2012, 10:56 AM
No, a mistake is driving drunk and stopping when you get pulled over to face your stupid mistake. This dumbass ran, slammed into several parked cars, injured ppl, almost ran over police officers, resisted arrest, etc, etc. that is not a mistake. He deserves jail. He doesnt deserve to be in this team, nor on any. He can go be a thug in some shitty ghetto wishing he wasnt so stupid for the rest of his life simply because he has (hopefully) squandered a chance at a good life the rest of us can only wish we had. Very few are gifted enough to get the chance at an NFL career and fewer still make it, so if you are too stupid to realize you just got a shot with one of the best franchises, then you deserve to live a shitty life! Have fun in jail!

Steelersfan87
11-01-2012, 07:57 PM
I thought the Steelers didn't put up with knuckleheads and bad character guys?

A lot of people tend to think this, but it's a myth.

lloydwoodson
11-02-2012, 03:25 AM
Taamu should be down the road. No pun intended... or was it? This sets a bad precedent. It says that even if you are a 4th round draft pick and commit a possible felony you won't be kicked off the team. Have fun this weekend boys!

Fire Arians
11-02-2012, 12:51 PM
Taamu should be down the road. No pun intended... or was it? This sets a bad precedent. It says that even if you are a 4th round draft pick and commit a possible felony you won't be kicked off the team. Have fun this weekend boys!

he's not just any 4th rounder, they traded up to get him. because of that I doubt they'll let go of him easily, they already did invest a lot.

i'm guessing since he's a kid right out of college they'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now, but will be putting him on a short leash

austinfrench76
11-02-2012, 01:17 PM
The problem is that the kid may go to jail! Face not only jail time and miss games but also Puss-dell's wrath! I was hoping for the best for this kid but I hope it doesn't set the standard for moving forward.

Hawaii 5-0
11-02-2012, 01:54 PM
Cook: Steelers wrong to keep Ta'amu

November 2, 2012
By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It seemed so wrong. Seeing rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu on the practice field Thursday with the other Steelers in their South Side indoor facility, getting ready for the game Sunday against the New York Giants. Seeing him in the locker room afterward, shedding his pads, walking to the shower, interacting with his teammates. It all seemed so wrong.

Why is Ta'amu still with the Steelers?

The answer is obvious, isn't it? The Steelers are no different than any other NFL team. They are in the business of winning games. They would love to do it with only upstanding, community-serving young men, the kind you wish your daughter would bring home. But if they must, they will do it with a man facing multiple felonies, one who could be looking at prison time.

It's pretty disgusting, if you think about it.

It's also life in the NFL, 2012, a time when a player's talent trumps just about all.

Actually, this isn't just a 2012 thing. The Steelers long have been known to stick with players who get in trouble, especially if the players are good. Going all the way back to the early 1970s, defensive lineman Ernie Holmes was kept after shooting at a police helicopter above the Ohio Turnpike and later started on their first two Super Bowl teams. More recently, the team stuck with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after he was accused in two sexual assault cases. It stuck with linebacker James Harrison when he faced a domestic abuse allegation. It stuck with kicker Jeff Reed -- at least for a while -- after two alcohol-related incidents.

But the Steelers have been quick to release marginal trouble-making players. Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is one who comes to mind. He was gone after a domestic abuse incident that happened right around the time of Harrison's. Linebacker Richard Seigler is another. He was gone after he was named in a prostitution ring in Las Vegas.

It's easy to take a tough, moral stand with players who really can't help you win.

The Steelers' decision to keep Ta'amu has to be a football decision. If it were a morality issue, he would have been gone the day of his arrest. Allegedly, he went on a drunk-driving rampage on the South Side early on Oct. 14 and faces 15 criminal charges, including felonies of fleeing police, aggravated assault while driving drunk and three counts of aggravated assault for nearly running down three police officers. The incident was so serious that police could have shot and killed him in the interest of public safety.

And Ta'amu still is with the Steelers?

Man, they really must think he can play.

Initially, the Steelers did the right thing, quickly suspending Ta'amu -- their fourth-round draft pick in April -- for two games without pay after his arrest. He forfeited more than $45,000 of his first-year salary of $390,000 and wasn't allowed around the team's training complex during the suspension.

"It's a disturbing incident, one we take very seriously in our community," coach Mike Tomlin said at the time.

Not that seriously, apparently.

The Steelers reinstated Ta'amu to their 53-man roster this week.

Ta'amu, who didn't dress for any of the first five games, almost certainly won't play against the Giants. It's a decent bet that he'll never play a game for the Steelers. He has a preliminary hearing Thursday and -- if eventually convicted -- could face prison time. Make that he should face prison time. The NFL also could bring further punishment down on him.

Ta'amu spoke to the media Wednesday and acknowledged making "a big mistake." He said he was embarrassed to tell his family of the incident. He seemed genuinely grateful that he hasn't been released by the Steelers or shunned by his teammates. "They have my back," he said of the other defensive linemen. "It feels good to have that support."

Of course, Ta'amu is remorseful. It's always easy to be remorseful after the fact. "I promise it will never happen again," he said.

It probably won't.

It's hard to believe Ta'amu will get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive drunk again.

Or is it hard to believe?

This was not Ta'amu's first alcohol-related arrest. He was charged with driving under the influence after an incident in 2009 when he was playing for the University of Washington.

Ta'amu doesn't belong with the Steelers. He belongs in a place where he can get help.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/ron-cook/cook-steelers-wrong-to-keep-taamu-660282/#ixzz2B56eK19D

Darkstorm05
11-02-2012, 01:56 PM
Cook is all sorts of Passive/Aggressive. Still mad over Arians going, too.

Hawaii 5-0
11-09-2012, 12:17 AM
Steelers' Ta'amu apologizes for arrest

UPDATED NOV 8, 2012

PITTSBURGH (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu apologized after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on charges stemming from an alleged drunken-driving rampage.

The 22-year-old fourth-round draft pick was arrested last month after police said he crashed into several other cars, then ran away from officers on the city's South Side, a neighborhood known for bars and night clubs.

After his brief appearance Thursday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court, Ta'amu told reporters, ''If there was any other word I would say it, but 'sorry' is the only word I can say right now.''

Ta'amu, of Kent, Wash., was driving an SUV the wrong way at about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 when he fled from officers and crashed into four parked cars, injuring a woman, police said. He then tried to run away before he was restrained by four officers and arrested, authorities said.

He'll be formally arraigned Dec. 31 on felony charges of aggravated assault by vehicle and fleeing and eluding police, as well as misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest, escape and DUI. By waiving the hearing, Ta'amu acknowledged there was enough evidence for him to stand trial, although he could seek to resolve them through a plea bargain.

Three charges of felony aggravated assault - all for allegedly fighting with police - were withdrawn, but 18 other felony, misdemeanor and summary citations are now headed to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Defense attorney Robert Del Greco said Ta'amu is trying to negotiate financial settlements to pay for the damage and injuries he caused.

''He is contrite. He has accepted responsibility and is in counseling'' for alcoholism, Del Greco told reporters.

Police have said that a breath test showed Ta'amu's blood-alcohol content was 0.196 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The Steelers suspended him for two games immediately after his arrest. He's back on the roster, though he has yet to play this season.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/pittsburgh-steelers-alameda-taamu-apologizes-for-arrest-110812

steeltheone
11-09-2012, 06:07 AM
Cook is all sorts of Passive/Aggressive. Still mad over Arians going, too.

What he writes is true. We are no different than any other NFL team when it come to thugs. Sad!