The Associated Press is reporting Thursday that 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 last October.
Ta\’amu, 22, was also ordered to pay damages and spend four days in a DUI program that\’s a jail alternative.
The Steelers fourth-round draft pick from last April was suspended for two weeks without pay following the incident and ultimately released a few weeks after and signed to the practice squad. He eventually was signed back to the Steelers 53 man roster during the final week of the regular season.
Surprisngly, the judge found Ta\’amu not guilty Thursday of running from police after the Washington product explained that he thought an officer in an unmarked car was a motorist pursuing him
Ta\’amu should consider this the ultimate slap on the wrist moving forward. He is set to enter training camp as the backup to Steve McLendon, but that could change should the Steelers draft another nose tackle later this month.