Alameda Ta'amu: Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Arrested on DUI Charges

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

Courtesy of Steelers.com
Courtesy of Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu was arrested and charged with a DUI and aggravated assault, according to a report from CBS Sports Rapid Reports

Rookie NT Alameda Ta'amu has an Oct. 23 hearing after an overnight arrest where Pittsburgh police charged him with DUI, agg. assault & more

— Steelers RReports (@CBSSteelers) October 14, 2012

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12:15 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

The Steelers are taking action against Ta'amu for his actions over the weekend. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he will be suspended for two weeks. 

#Steelers Mike Tomlin: Ta'amu will be suspended for 2 weeks

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 16, 2012

Given that Ta'amu's hearing is on the 23rd, the Steelers could be waiting to see what happens before making a final decision on the matter. 

---END OF UPDATE---

 

According to Karen Kane of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ta'amu is "facing a series of felony and misdemeanor charges" following the early morning arrest. 

Kane also reported that Ta'amu was stopped around 2:30 in the morning when police noticed his vehicle "moving in a reckless manner," that he tried to flee the scene and crashed into "several" vehicles. 

Ta'amu, 22, was the Steelers' fourth-round pick in April's draft out of the University of Washington. He has not played in a game this season. 

Things just keep going from bad to worse for the Steelers. On the field, they lost their third straight road game on Thursday night to a Tennessee team that was without its starting quarterback and had allowed at least 30 points in every game this season. 

Obviously, Ta'amu's situation goes far beyond anything that happens on the field.

Anytime you hear that alcohol is involved it makes you take notice. When you see everything else that he did after the arrest, you have to wonder if he doesn't have some bigger problems. 

The Steelers will certainly examine the situation from all angles and do what is in the best interest of the franchise and the player. This sounds like a scary scenario for a young man who made a stupid mistake and then compounded it in the worst possible way. 

We will keep you updated on Ta'amu's situation, as well as his future with the Steelers, when more information becomes available. 

 

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