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Steelstoned1972
04-04-2013, 11:27 AM
Hopefully this kid learned his lesson. And hopefully he improves and becomes a beast we need on the defensive line !:tt04:

Dino 6 Rings
04-04-2013, 11:34 AM
hopefully he keeps his head out of his arse and learns what it means to be a pro ball player.

Not sure I agree with him staying on the roster and we'll see if they don't take a chance in the 3rd round on a big fat d-lineman to give him some competition in the position of nose tackle.

WokeUpWithaWoodley
04-04-2013, 12:00 PM
Good now become a unmovable object in the middle.

Lady Steel
04-04-2013, 12:11 PM
Alameda Ta'amu gets probation
Updated: April 4, 2013, 12:05 PM ET
Associated Press


PITTSBURGH -- Steelers nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu has been sentenced to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and drunken driving stemming from a series of crashes and a police chase.

The Steelers released the 22-year-old draft pick a few weeks after he was arrested Oct. 14 but later re-signed him to the practice squad.

Police say he crashed into several cars on the city's South Side, a neighborhood known for bars and nightclubs, then ran from officers who responded. A judge found Ta'amu not guilty Thursday of running from police after Ta'amu explained that he thought an officer in an unmarked car was an angry motorist chasing him.

Ta'amu also has to pay damages and spend four days in a DUI program that's a jail alternative.


http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9133561/alameda-taamu-pittsburgh-steelers-gets-probation-crashes

Steelers>NFL
04-04-2013, 12:17 PM
GREAT news! Hopefully he learned from his careless stupid mistake and become a better person/citizen.
Now he can focus on football 100%. As the Steelers D could really use him now...

BLACK_AND_YELLOW
04-04-2013, 12:27 PM
Maybe he can become our starting NT while we move McLendon to DE

sloppyjoe
04-04-2013, 12:54 PM
great news for him and the steelers

VaDave
04-04-2013, 01:05 PM
Good now become a unmovable object in the middle.


Like Justice?

VaDave
04-04-2013, 01:07 PM
Actually, I hope he has his act together, and a chauffer.........

harrison'samonster
04-04-2013, 01:07 PM
He's on a short leash now, or he had better be. He has to realize he could have killed people, and if that doesn't clean him up he should be gone.

Fire Arians
04-04-2013, 02:55 PM
He's on a short leash now, or he had better be. He has to realize he could have killed people, and if that doesn't clean him up he should be gone.

i agree. i believe in second chances and this is it right here. if he messes up again he's as good as gone though.

but i'm glad this guy's gonna be able to get a shot, we need help at DL

pczach
04-04-2013, 03:04 PM
You're right. He's young and did something incredibly stupid, but everyone deserves a second chance. Now he needs to work on being a better, more responsible human, while working hard to get better at his day job. I hope he learned his lesson because the next lesson will be a lot tougher.

FrancoLambert
04-04-2013, 03:52 PM
He got off pretty easy considering what he did and he better damn realize it.

I don't think most of us would have been treated so well by the system.

Hopefully he sees the light and helps us this year.

vasteeler
04-04-2013, 04:14 PM
apparently i am mistaken but i could have sworn we released him

Fire Haley
04-04-2013, 04:33 PM
apparently i am mistaken but i could have sworn we released him



The Steelers released the 22-year-old fourth-round draft pick a few weeks after he was arrested Oct. 14 but later re-signed him to the practice squad.


of course, just slapping up a thread title with no real information is way more cool for the twitter ho's

VaDave
04-04-2013, 04:38 PM
apparently i am mistaken but i could have sworn we released him

We did, but resigned him to the PS, and activated him to the 53 for the last game of the season,.

jjpro11
04-04-2013, 11:47 PM
He should be sitting inside of a jail cell.. The talk of a second chance is funny. Nobody on this message board would be given a second chance and a slap on the wrist.

Galax Steeler
04-05-2013, 03:17 AM
He should be sitting inside of a jail cell.. The talk of a second chance is funny. Nobody on this message board would be given a second chance and a slap on the wrist.

That is true but he isn't and he needs to come out and show why we drafted him this year. I know the kid can play just hope he shows it on the field.

VaDave
04-05-2013, 05:07 PM
Galaxy,

I hope you are right, but I'm really hoping this kid gets his act together. If we get a player out of the deal that's even better. I have my doubts though, but I would love to be wrong in this case.

One other point guys, we still haven't had the word from League offices as to whether or not he's going to have an additional suspension.

Fire Arians
04-05-2013, 06:10 PM
He should be sitting inside of a jail cell.. The talk of a second chance is funny. Nobody on this message board would be given a second chance and a slap on the wrist.

the judge is prolly a steelers fan so why wouldn't he get off easy :chuckle:

besides famous people get off easy all the time, look at lindsay lohan for gods sake. yeah it's not fair, but that's the way things work.

Rabbit
04-06-2013, 02:36 AM
Everybody deserves a second chance.

Except Chris Rainey, apparently.

VaDave
04-06-2013, 07:07 AM
Everybody deserves a second chance.

Except Chris Rainey, apparently.

Rainey, unfortunately was found guilty........ of not being a good football player. I'm thinking his issue was more about how do we get out of this rookie contract, than his legal travails...

Buddha Bus
04-06-2013, 07:29 AM
Rainey, unfortunately was found guilty........ of not being a good football player. I'm thinking his issue was more about how do we get out of this rookie contract, than his legal travails...

After only one rookie season? I think it has more to do with need in that particular case. We were stocked with RBs at the time and Rainey hadn't proven himself, but we were staring at Casey Hampton's career winding down, the retirement of Chris Hoke, and the uncertainty of McLendon which gave them pause in regards to Ta'amu.

The Steelers will try to save face by cutting guys who are off-field problems as long as they aren't desperate at that position or that guy is an unproven or mediocre talent. There's a reason Cedric Wilson got shit-canned for domestic violence and James Harrison didn't for the same thing.

It's more of a case-by-case situation I think. Santonio Holmes was an exceptional talent, but repeated bonehead incidents off the field coupled with his impending free agency, certain large contract demands, and me-first attitude convinced them to cut bait.

Don't forget the Steelers stuck by Ernie Holmes after a shooting spree that injured a police helicopter pilot. That was probably more of a situation of them not wanting to cut a good football player like you suggest. Harrison too.

FanSince72
04-06-2013, 08:40 AM
Hopefully this kid learned his lesson. And hopefully he improves and becomes a beast we need on the defensive line !:tt04:

Hopefully.

But I'd feel a lot better about him hitting things if he was allowed to have a car on the field.
Maybe a little black and gold Fiat with his number painted on it?

Think anyone would notice? :noidea:

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-06-2013, 09:02 AM
Everybody deserves a second chance.

Except Chris Rainey, apparently.

Rainey was arrested and suspended from the Florida Gators, for stalking his ex girlfriend, while a player there.

Rainey was ticketed for driving on a suspended license in Pittsburgh, cited for "defiant trespassing" at a racetrack casino and finally he had the incident of hitting his girlfriend.

Looks like he got 4 chances to me, but some are still confused as to why we didnt keep the gambling addict that likes to stalk and hit women. :noidea:

VaDave
04-06-2013, 05:36 PM
Hopefully.

But I'd feel a lot better about him hitting things if he was allowed to have a car on the field.
Maybe a little black and gold Fiat with his number painted on it?

Think anyone would notice? :noidea:

Ta'amu in a Fiat... LOL, Maybe he could use one for a helmet......

VaDave
04-06-2013, 05:37 PM
Rainey was arrested and suspended from the Florida Gators, for stalking his ex girlfriend, while a player there.

Rainey was ticketed for driving on a suspended license in Pittsburgh, cited for "defiant trespassing" at a racetrack casino and finally he had the incident of hitting his girlfriend.

Looks like he got 4 chances to me, but some are still confused as to why we didnt keep the gambling addict that likes to stalk and hit women. :noidea:

I agree here, but I'm fairly certain that the fact that he didn't exactly pan out the way he was expected didn't help him any

Rabbit
04-06-2013, 06:17 PM
Rainey was a fifth round pick who barely got utilized the way he should have been. Giving him goal line carries was absolutely absurd even though he was able to score on one such situation. He was also one of the best kickoff return men we've had in about a decade, as well.

SteelersCanada
04-06-2013, 07:22 PM
I never really understood why we needed him. We already have Brown who showed that he's dual threat on offense and ST by getting 1000 yards receiving and returning. I understand that we might not be comfortable having our number one receiver be our PR/KR, but it's worked out pretty well for the Patriots and Eagles.

Rabbit
04-06-2013, 07:32 PM
because we needed a speed / receiving threat in our backfield. Dwyer, Redman and Batch are all incapable of hitting home runs with the ball in their hands

VaDave
04-06-2013, 08:00 PM
Speed he did have. No moves, not real quick, bad hands, but the boy did have some speed...//

teegre
04-06-2013, 11:17 PM
Rainey was a fifth round pick who barely got utilized the way he should have been. Giving him goal line carries was absolutely absurd even though he was able to score on one such situation. He was also one of the best kickoff return men we've had in about a decade, as well.

Wait... are you saying that on 4th & 1, you do NOT want Rainey carrying the ball??? That's odd. Because, usually, most people want a 170 pound RB carrying it towards 330 pound DTs.

(I agree: he should have been used a little differently... i.e. NOT like I just described.)

Fire Haley
04-08-2013, 08:29 AM
so he celebrates his probation by driving around with a bottle of whiskey

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Pqc7GS-tGjQ/UWK-iZCBd9I/AAAAAAAAHKE/_Z1EsPzZJL0/s300/taamu-225x300.jpg

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/04/steelers-alameda-taamu-celebrates-getting-probation-for-dui-by-driving-around-with-whisky/

harrison'samonster
04-08-2013, 08:32 AM
well, that's upsetting to say the least. I know we don't know if Ta'amu is drinking, but it just looks bad. What a piece of work.

Fire Haley
04-08-2013, 08:43 AM
Ta'amu has now taken to Twitter to clarify things.

I don't go out and I don't drink.. I've passed every UA test since October 14.. I'm in Pitt training.. Focused for next season. HONEST MISTAKE. Really. Didn't look at his pic before sending my tweet. Wouldn't joke about that.

harrison'samonster
04-08-2013, 08:47 AM
Ta'amu has now taken to Twitter to clarify things.

I don't go out and I don't drink.. I've passed every UA test since October 14.. I'm in Pitt training.. Focused for next season. HONEST MISTAKE. Really. Didn't look at his pic before sending my tweet. Wouldn't joke about that.

I'll buy it, but he's got to get away from people who are going to act like that. Ta'amu, you've had problems and they are just going to keep happening if you're putting yourself in these situations. Get away from it, and focus on your life!

StainlessStill
04-08-2013, 08:47 AM
The dudes trouble. I don't like him. I'd look for another NT in this draft, pronto. Many observations from camp labeled this guy soft anyways. To think Ta'amu was one of my favorite picks of the draft too. The Steelers season was the reflection of last years draft. Utter disaster. Eager to see DD healthy, though.

harrison'samonster
04-08-2013, 08:55 AM
The dudes trouble. I don't like him. I'd look for another NT in this draft, pronto. Many observations from camp labeled this guy soft anyways. To think Ta'amu was one of my favorite picks of the draft too. The Steelers season was the reflection of last years draft. Utter disaster. Eager to see DD healthy, though.

the fact that he's twittered a response to clarify things makes a big difference to me. He's not rubbing it in ppl's faces. I'll take his word for it that it's an honest mistake. But I'll say it again -- Ta'amu, you have been given this chance because of who you are, don't blow it by driving around with ppl who are going to get you into more trouble!

TRH
04-08-2013, 09:08 AM
i just don't want this guy as a Steeler.
I'm not buying any of this Twitter 'response' stuff - in other words, he "only wished the PIC wouldn't have been sent out.." He doesn't regret any of it, only that it was "uncovered".
This idiot is bad news all the way around and its not the first time he's been in trouble. Hard to believe he got a slap on the wrist for this, that a normal civilian would have went to the Big House for.
I'm hoping the Steelers cut any ties with him.

harrison'samonster
04-08-2013, 09:24 AM
I agree there's no defense of his drunk rampage, and I also believe he shouldn't have gotten off so easily. But this picture isn't a good reason to drop him now, in my opinion. And like I said, if he didn't clarify in a second tweet, this picture would have looked like a slap in the face.

But by clarifying makes me think that Ta'amu is working on his problem. He just needs to go further and drop any influence that will lead him down a troubling path.

SteelersCanada
04-08-2013, 09:31 AM
You guys are acting like Ta'amu is sitting in his car getting hammered while driving. First of all, it doesn't even look like the alcohol is open. Second, Ta'amu didn't tweet it himself, the other guy in the car did. Saying he's "trouble" and "bad news" is jumping the gun a little bit - he's posing for a picture with a buddy and while I admit posing with a bottle of whiskey was probably a bad choice, saying we need a new NT is a mistake.

We have to lay off this kid. Let's see how he is on the field before we cut ties with him.

SteelersCanada
04-08-2013, 10:04 AM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just realized I retweeted a bad pic from after the draft last year.Friend from home messin with me. I don't drink anymore. HONEST MISTAKE</p>&mdash; Alameda Taamu 95 (@MEDATAAMU74) <a href="https://twitter.com/MEDATAAMU74/status/321138189739913216">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I don't go out and I don't drink.. I've passed every UA test since October 14.. I'm in Pitt training.. Focused for next season</p>&mdash; Alameda Taamu 95 (@MEDATAAMU74) <a href="https://twitter.com/MEDATAAMU74/status/321138880906657792">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>HONEST MISTAKE. Really. Didn't look at his pic before sending my tweet. Wouldn't joke about that.</p>&mdash; Alameda Taamu 95 (@MEDATAAMU74) <a href="https://twitter.com/MEDATAAMU74/status/321140733379760129">April 8, 2013</a></blockquote>
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It's not exactly a heartwarming story, but it's just his side of it.

desertsteel
04-08-2013, 10:55 AM
He should be sitting inside of a jail cell.. The talk of a second chance is funny. Nobody on this message board would be given a second chance and a slap on the wrist.

That's BS... it happens all the time that regular people get on probation for first offenses.

harrison'samonster
04-08-2013, 10:58 AM
That's BS... it happens all the time that regular people get on probation for first offenses.

I don't think it's his first offense, I'm pretty sure he's had a DUI.

VaDave
04-08-2013, 11:44 AM
Whether it's a mistake or not, this guy is too stupid to play football....... Man, I've seen some brain cramps in my time, but this takes the cake.

Rabbit
04-08-2013, 12:46 PM
And as we all know, playing football requires you to be a smart person.

TRH
04-08-2013, 01:01 PM
i don't care if anybody here has "mistaken" this for Ta'amu sitting around in a car driving drunk or not. How about the few on here who act like this was "just a regular DUI" ?
I don't like this guy (at ALL) - he's had a history of this - and i hope he's NOT on the team come fall. The last we need is a troublemaker on the team again. I can't say for sure if he'll be here, but i'm hoping he's not.

teegre
04-08-2013, 01:26 PM
And as we all know, playing football requires you to be a smart person.

I concur.
Sincerely,
Dexter Manley

Quackjack
04-08-2013, 04:30 PM
I've had enough beating on his ass.

All is forgiven brother! Just don't do that shit again...

VaDave
04-08-2013, 06:12 PM
And as we all know, playing football requires you to be a smart person.

It does in Lebeau's D..... from what I've heard anyway

Rabbit
04-08-2013, 06:23 PM
Can't be too difficult to play a Casey Hampton role and just absorb double teams.

VaDave
04-08-2013, 09:39 PM
Can't be too difficult to play a Casey Hampton role and just absorb double teams.

I've heard that too.... lol!!

Lokki
04-08-2013, 09:44 PM
Hampton double teams buckets of White Castle burgers though.

ricardisimo
04-09-2013, 12:15 AM
I will be stunned if he goes a full year without another major incident. Head case.

SteelersCanada
04-09-2013, 09:41 AM
Hampton double teams buckets of White Castle burgers though.

UP7YA3goiAo

Still my favorite Sopranos quote.

NSFW, though.

VaDave
04-09-2013, 03:55 PM
LOL!!!

FrancoLambert
04-09-2013, 04:11 PM
F'ing idiot. :mad:

I love it when he characterizes his F-up as an "honest mistake." :noidea:

Shows he still doesn't get it. :banging:

Likely he screws up again.

Hawaii 5-0
08-05-2013, 07:23 PM
Steelers Activate Alameda Ta'amu From PUP List

The Steelers activated nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List, the team announced today.

Ta’amu is in his second season with the Steelers and was recovering from an offseason hamstring injury. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-Activate-Alameda-Taamu-From-PUP-List/e9dc359a-1416-49ac-b792-50b7ce62af11

Atlanta Dan
08-05-2013, 07:30 PM
Steelers Activate Alameda Ta'amu From PUP List

The Steelers activated nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List, the team announced today.

Ta’amu is in his second season with the Steelers and was recovering from an offseason hamstring injury. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-Activate-Alameda-Taamu-From-PUP-List/e9dc359a-1416-49ac-b792-50b7ce62af11

Gilbert and Ta'amu must workout together at Dunkin' Donuts in the offseason

pczach
08-06-2013, 05:41 AM
Gilbert and Ta'amu must workout together at Dunkin' Donuts in the offseason

Let's hope Gilbert doesn't work on his teammate-crippling barrel roll with Ta'amu...

Hawaii 5-0
08-06-2013, 03:07 PM
James C Wexell ‏@jimwexell:

Many have remarked on Ta'amu in this way. But he has quit drinking and really looks fit. Moved belly to chest. Tough to cut.

https://twitter.com/jimwexell

Fire Arians
08-06-2013, 03:51 PM
James C Wexell ‏@jimwexell:

Many have remarked on Ta'amu in this way. But he has quit drinking and really looks fit. Moved belly to chest. Tough to cut.

https://twitter.com/jimwexell

freakin' awesome if true. i don't support what this kid did in any way, but i'm happy that he's trying to turn things around. quitting drinking is a good step

El-Gonzo Jackson
08-06-2013, 05:30 PM
freakin' awesome if true. i don't support what this kid did in any way, but i'm happy that he's trying to turn things around. quitting drinking is a good step

I admitt that I am in his corner because I liked him in college and was an advocate of him being drafted. If he was a Bengal I would likely be making fun of his situation.

Since he is a Steeler, I hope he gets his life on track, stops drinking and becomes a professional. The guy can be a dominant DT if he is serious about football. Unreal natural strength, moves very well for a 300lb guy.

Heyward, McLendon, Ta'amu going forward with even guys like Hood, Fangopu, Nick Williams.....could be a great d-line in the future.

Blackout
08-06-2013, 09:47 PM
I know it's a need to have Ta'amu, but anyone think letting Rainey go was a little harsh?

The charges were dropped...