Steelers NT Alameda Ta\’amu Receives 18 Months Probation For 2012 DUI Incident

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.

  • steeltown

    18 months of probation, 150 hours of community service and nearly $11,000 in court-ordered restitution and $22,000 in damages to victims. Plus Ta’amu has been in the NFL substance abuse program and is subject to random testing.

    Felony was dropped

    Got off easy, but he is doing all the right things. Regardless, his job is not safe.. a draft pick or Fangupo could pass him on the depth chart

  • Jollyrob68

    Fulfill your obligation for your crime and let’s move forward. Make smarter decisions and get a driver/driver service.

  • steeltown

    On a side note… waiting for McLendon to sign his damn tender! Come on Steve!

  • John Hinton

    Hopefully the young man has learned from this and will be better for it going forward.

  • Isaac Reveles

    i hope they can sign McLendon to a long term contract soon. might have the same situation we had with lewis next year

  • Tom

    Hope this guy figures life out…….
    Considering that he had a previous DUI, I can’t help but to think he got off way too easily.

  • Pete

    I’m just glad nobody was hurt (unlike a number of other cases) and he can get on with his life. This will be a good lesson for him and if he’s serious about being a professional will sort himself out. Without a question, if I had done what he did I would’ve been fired for bringing disrepute to my organization. He needs to reflect and understand how fortunate he is and make a change for the better.

  • steeltown


  • I really hope AT turns this ridiculously stupid mistake into something positive for himself/others even if he does not make the team…but I really do think he will make the final 53.

  • A lot of Teams with some cap space out there so maybe he is waiting.. I find it curious that they did not offer him at least a 3 year deal. Evidently, he is a liability against the run? I do like his rush though. He is the type of 3-4 NT that could get 5-6 sacks a year full-time.

  • steeltown

    Its been said that he isnt as consistent against the run as Hampton was, but not many are.. I too like his rush, he is quick off the snap and he’s strong. I think our pass rush will improve some with him starting. I think one of his best qualities is he can shift over and play DE in a pinch.

  • I totally agree. I think he is just a young man that while under the influence, made some bad mistakes. He comes from a good Family and was raised well. People under the influence tend to do these things…especially young ones. Again, thankfully there were no injuries to anyone.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Don’t forget Fangupo!

  • NW86

    Remember it takes 2 parties to make a deal – we don’t know that he wasn’t offered a longer deal – maybe they just can’t agree on the terms. They may have offered him 3 years at $2M per, and he might not want to take it, thinking that he can prove himself and earn a bigger deal next year.

  • We do not know that he was either…that’s why I mentioned that perhaps he is waiting.

  • Dan

    Didn’t realize he had another DUI. I had been rooting for him, but to have a DUI, then do it again, certainly makes me wonder about his learning ability. Maybe he should visit a funeral or two and imagine a mother is crying because of him.

  • Nolrog

    He’s really lucky. I thought for sure he’d spend a couple years in jail. He need to get himself straightened out and see if he can contribute.

  • Wow! I’m surprised he got off with such little punishment! I guess it still is good to be a professional athlete sometimes!

  • walter mason

    Pennsylvania is one of a few states where accumulated DUIs never rise to Felony charges.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I think the lesson is learned here for AT. better focus on his community service and getting ready for next year his job isn’t safe.