DUI Trial For Steelers NT Alameda Ta\’amu Begins Thursday

According to the Associated Press, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu is set today for a trial before a judge on charges stemming from an alleged drunken-driving rampage last October.

The Steelers released Ta\’amu, their fourth-round draft pick last April out of Washington, a few weeks after he was arrested for hitting several parked cars, then running away from law enforcement officers who responded to the incident on Pittsburgh\’s South Side.

Ta\’amu will face felony charges of aggravated assault by vehicle and fleeing and eluding police, as well as misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest, escape and drunken driving on Thursday.

Ta\’amu apologized after his short court appearance back in November, saying, \’\’If there was any other word I would say it, but \’sorry\’ is the only word I can say right now.\’\’

The Steelers immediately suspended Ta\’amu for two weeks without pay following the incident. After releasing him, however, Ta\’amu was signed to their practice squad and was finally elevated back to the 53 man roster during the final week of the regular season.

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  • steeltown

    Well.. should he be convicted and ultimately released, we’ll see what Fangupo brings to the table. Fang is a powerful man and he’s more athletic than Ta’amu. I think what hurt him in the draft was his age, he’ll be 28yrs old this year, but he is more in the mold of Hampton at 6’1 325lbs.. I’m glad the FO snagged Fang off waivers from Seattle

    Best of luck Ta’amu.. but you reap what you sow

  • David Edward

    Agree Steeltown, I thought bringing in Fangupo was a great move at the end of last year. Would be interesting if the Steelers two NTs in ’13 were former UDFAs. You never know, but I think the Steelers will release Ta’amu if convicted and that’s the right thing to do. If that’s the case, I wonder if they will draft another NT…or make it the UDFA trifecta? I like Brandon Williams from Missouri Southern and they were at his pro day so there must be some interest.

  • David Edward

    Looks like Ta’amu got 18 months probation and 150 hours of community service. I don’t know, with a BAC of .19 and a prior incendent and resisting arrest, I thought he might get a little jail time (maybe 30 days). Do the Steelers cut him?

  • steeltown

    If convicted, yes, he’s gone and it is the right move. I think they were waiting to see the outcome of the trial
    I can see us going into the season with McLendon and Fang arming the NT position, BUT if a good NT prospect falls to them in the draft you and I know they’ll grab him

  • steeltown

    Where did you hear that?

  • steeltown

    Ah I found it… no jail time and no felonies, I dont think they’ll release him. He’s been in a substance abuse program and has done all the right things since the event