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Old 01-10-2013, 02:51 PM   #81
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All joking aside, I read an ESPN article about ten years ago, about how the Steelers were the best at drafting, because they were not afriad of taking certain players OFF of their draft boards.

--players with convictions
--players who routinely got suspended
--injured players

Ta'amu... there was NO previous idicators. But, with Rainey, there certainly was.
yes there was.

Ta'amu had a prior DUI conviction.
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Pouncey and Rainey are longtime and really close friends. They've known each other since high school and Rainey used to live with the Pouncey family. I'm willing to bet that, yes, Pouncey is going to be upset that Rainey was released.
I think it might be more of a reaction of embarrassment by Pouncey. He vouched for Rainey... and then... this occurs.

I know that Pouncey will feel sorry for his long-time friend, but I am also sure that a part of him realizes that he stuck up for his freind & that his friend let him down.

Make sense?
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yes there was.

Ta'amu had a prior DUI conviction.
I did not know that.

Wow!!! In that case, what was Colbert thinking???
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He's a dumbass who didn't learn from past mistakes...good riddance
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Pouncey and Rainey are longtime and really close friends. They've known each other since high school and Rainey used to live with the Pouncey family. I'm willing to bet that, yes, Pouncey is going to be upset that Rainey was released.
I think he'd be upset that his friend, for whom he went to bat with the organization, fucked it all up. This is all on Rainey.
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Steelers waive rookie Rainey after arrest

January 10, 2013
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



The Steelers waived rookie halfback Chris Rainey after he was arrested this morning in Gainesville, Fla., and charged with simple battery after being accused of slapping his girlfriend in the face.

"Chris Rainey's actions this morning were extremely disappointing," team general manager Kevin Colbert said in a release.

"Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Rainey, a fifth-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2012 from the University of Florida, was lodged in the Alachua County Jail for booking, according to a press release issued by the Gainesville Police Department.

Gainesville police spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said this afternoon that Mr. Rainey will remain in the county jail until he has a hearing before a judge Friday morning.

The hearing from the jail via video camera with a judge at the county courthouse will be at 9 a.m. Friday morning, when a bond may be set for him to pay to allow his release from custody.

Mr. Rainey has to stay in jail until Friday morning because he was processed too late to attend a hearing Thursday morning, Mr. Tobias said.

According to that press release, police received a 911 call at 8:26 a.m. that reported a man and woman were arguing and it turned physical.

Officers arrived and identified the man as Rainey, 24.

Witnesses told the officers that the two argued over a cellphone and that the woman entered a vehicle of Rainey's roommate.

Rainey confronted her, began pulling her out of the vehicle and then slapped her with an open hand, police said.

Rainey and the woman fell to the ground, according to the release.

She ran away and Rainey chased her because, police said, his cellphone was in a bag the woman was carrying. Rainey grabbed the bag and both fell down.

According to police, neither Rainey nor his girlfriend suffered visible injuries. Police said they had multiple witnesses.

The press release states the two have been dating for nine months.

Rainey was arrested and accused of a felony stalking charge in Florida in 2010 over a threatening text he sent to a woman that said, "Time to die."

That charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor and he was ordered to perform community service and attend anger management classes.

And in December, Rainey was cited for defiant trespass, a summary offense, when he entered the Meadows Racetrack and Casino outside Washington, Pa., after he had signed himself onto a self-exclusion list,
according to the Magisterial District Judge Jay Weller's office. Notice of a $300 fine recently had been mailed to him.


According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, self-exclusion "allows a person to request to be banned from all legalized gaming activities and to be prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses or accepting complimentary gifts or services or any other thing of value at any licensed facility."

If someone on the list steps onto the gaming floor, the facility must deny wagers and ask the person to leave, at which point the person may be arrested for trespass.

Rainey played in all 16 games for the Steelers as a rookie and led them with 1,035 yards on 39 kickoff returns. He had 102 yards rushing on 26 carries with two touchdowns, and 14 receptions for 60 yards.

The Steelers did not have an immediate comment, and Rainey's attorney, Huntley Johnson, in Gainesville, would not comment.

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very disappointing....
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I did not know that.

Wow!!! In that case, what was Colbert thinking???
DUI charge was second for Steelers' Ta'amu

October 16, 2012
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Teammates of Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu, facing multiple felony and misdemeanor counts after a police chase early Sunday morning, said it is important to support him and help him, even though they acknowledged what he is charged with doing was wrong.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the case is being reviewed "under the appropriate league policies," but indicated any action in terms of discipline would have to come from the Steelers. Records obtained by the Post-Gazette show that this was not the first time Ta'amu has been charged with driving under the influence.

Ta'amu's attorney, Robert Del Greco, said a preliminary hearing has been set for 8 a.m. Oct. 23. Ta'amu was released from jail Sunday on $25,000 bail.

"You don't stand by in the sense of making him feel this is right," said safety Ryan Clark, the team's player representative. "You don't 'amen' this in that it's OK to do. But you don't throw him away, you don't exile him from the team, you don't stop talking to him, you don't stop being his friend.

"If you're family, you don't do that. When someone in your family makes a mistake, you try your best to work through it with him, not make him go through it by himself."

It was not known what immediate disciplinary action the Steelers will take with Ta'amu, a fourth-round draft choice from Washington.

He faces felony counts of fleeing police and aggravated assault while driving drunk; and three counts of aggravated assault for nearly running down police officers with his vehicle. He also is charged with 10 misdemeanors, including resisting arrest and attempting escape. Police said he crashed his 2006 Lincoln Navigator into several vehicles while fleeing them on the South Side.

Court records show that Ta'amu also was charged with driving under the influence in October 2011 for an incident that occurred Dec. 12, 2009, when Ta'amu was playing for the University of Washington. Trooper Joe Gannon of the Washington State Patrol wrote in a report that he stopped Ta'amu for driving 73 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 5 about 3:40 a.m. and "smelled an odor of alcohol coming from him and ... observed his blood-shot watery eyes."

Police said Ta'amu, who was 19 at the time, blew a 0.097 and 0.098 on breath tests and told them he drank six Budweisers in three hours before he attempted to drive home in a 1993 Chevrolet Suburban. Prosecutors initially charged him with driving under the influence, but he instead later pleaded guilty to negligent driving, for which he was sentenced to one day in a community-work program and ordered to pay a $350 fine.

When former wide receiver Santonio Holmes was charged on a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession Oct. 25, 2008, coach Mike Tomlin did not let him practice the rest of the week and held him out of a game against the New York Giants.

At the time, Tomlin said Holmes was being deactivated for the game because his situation had created "a distraction" for the team. Tomlin's decision was never termed a suspension, and it was not known if Holmes lost one week's salary.

Typically, the league lets the involved team handle disciplinary measures for offending players.

If, however, the league does not think the punishment is severe enough, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can increase the penalty for the player and also fine or discipline the team.

"It's up to the league and the team's job to figure out the consequences of what he did, but it's our job to love him up and let him know what he did was wrong but that we're still here for him," said nose tackle Casey Hampton, Ta'amu's idol and mentor.

The NFL Players Association provides a program called "Safe Rides" in which players can call for a ride home if they feel as though they are unable to drive.

The program is run by a private investigation firm and is available to players anywhere in the United States and Canada. Players also pay $85 per hour for the service, which has its phone number on the back of every union card.

It is believed the Steelers have some type of similar arrangement for its players, as well."It's a sad deal," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "He's a talented young kid who made a mistake, a serious mistake. He's under a lot of heat right now, and rightfully so. We're going to love him and, hopefully, he can learn from these mistakes.

"Ta'amu, who is of Samoan descent, is known among his teammates as a polite, quiet and easy-going player who is quick to smile and pleasant to be around.Clark said he and Troy Polamalu went to the movies with Ta'amu at training camp and often ate with him."That's what bothers me and hurts me," Hampton said. "I know he's a good guy, but what he did was serious, dude, and you can't take anything away from that and I'll definitely let him know that. You got to let him know the severity of it, but, at the same time, you got to try to pull him back in and bring him back in and let him know we're here for him."

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maybe not so surprising - Pittsburgh Steelers have been voted as the football franchise with the largest female fanbase.
This type of action was was surely not going to be popular with that base - if the Steelers didn't make a move, the shit would have hit the fan. Steelers went ahead and struck first.
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maybe not so surprising - Pittsburgh Steelers have been voted as the football franchise with the largest female fanbase.
This type of action was was surely not going to be popular with that base - if the Steelers didn't make a move, the shit would have hit the fan. Steelers went ahead and struck first.
great point!
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