Rookie DL Alameda Ta’amu Hit with DUI and a Number of Other Charges

Things are not going well for the Steelers, and today off the field things did go so hot for rookie defensive lineman Alameda Ta’amu.

Reports say that Ta’amu fled police and crashed into parked cars while driving drunk, then was arrested.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that he was driving a sport utility vehicle the wrong way on Pittsburgh’s South Side at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the 6-foot-3, 348-pound Ta’amu fled officers and crashed into four parked cars, injuring a woman, then tried to flee on foot before he was restrained.

Charges against him include felony fleeing police, aggravated assault and aggravated assault by vehicle.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says team officials are “disappointed” but will await more information before commenting further.

Ta’amu was drafted in the fourth round out of Washington. He has yet to play this season.

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3 Comments on "Rookie DL Alameda Ta’amu Hit with DUI and a Number of Other Charges"

  1. Jeff - Sterling, MA | October 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply

    Wow! Our 2012 draft is really taking a hit here. 1st rounder – significant knee injury, 3rd rounder – significant knee injury ( both of those are perfect examples of why I F’in hate pre-season games, there should only be two B4 the reg. season starts )and know this idiot Ta’amu ruins his chance to be a member of one of the greatest NFL franchises! WTF is going on here! I know it’s early but this is looking like a lost year already! As much as I admire and appreciate #43 and what he’s done for the Steelers, if you can’t get on the field you can’t help the cause. Also, the 3rd down reception by the Titan’s TE as they drove for the winning FG, he was being covered (if that’s what you call it )by James Harrison. If we don’t lose Sean Spence in the last F’in pre-season game he would have had that assignment. He was going to help this team on 3rd down this year, I know it!! Man I’m pissed!! thanks for letting me vent.

  2. DUMBASS. I wonder if his drinks were so good that they were worth losing his career over. The only good thing is that no one was killed because he chose to be a dumbass.

    IF the Steelers keep him IF he doesn’t go to jail for a couple years, he will be on a very very short leash….what a dumbass.

  3. The Steelers lack of discipline within and outside the game has become appalling. It starts at the top and it’s time for the Rooney’s to show Tomlin the door. And yes, on your way out Tomlin please take the stupid rookie with you. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for this kid; he could have hurt, killed or maimed someone.

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