Pittsburgh Steeler drunk driving episode

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scott
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rice rocket
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Man, I was down there picking up some friends that night. Glad I didn’t get caught in this madness.

Let’s hope the Steelers do the right thing.


Marko82
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“Let’s hope the Steelers do the right thing”

Like they did when their star quarterback raped a drunk teenager?


brian j
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I’m pretty sure back-up, rookie lineman isn’t a protected class around Steelers’ headquarters.


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I was driving down Carson @ 3 am sunday morning, and an SUV pulled out from a side street (maybe 20th) and did a crazy screechy fast left onto Carson. I had a green light and they had a full red, and I had to swerve to avoid them. It was pretty crazy, I wonder if it was Ta’amu, or some other drunk idiot?

Then had someone else run a full red right in front of me the next afternoon. I had a green, and I was a little slow to pull out, and ZOOM. Amazing to think how different my life would be right now if I had been a few seconds earlier in each instance. Feeling pretty lucky right now.


Adam
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I saw so far they let him out on $25,000 bail — which seems par for the course. I believe there are Steelers facing stiffer penalties (so far) for roughing up other players on the field so…

Now, since he is out on bail I am assuming he can’t leave the state now. Does that mean he can only play during home games, or maybe in Philly if they travel out that way later on this year? I don’t really care enough about football to follow it any closer.


rice rocket
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Like they did when their star quarterback raped a drunk teenager?

Haha, yeah, it was sort of tongue-in-cheek. If they don’t come down hard on him though, it’s just one step closer to Tomlin and the rest of the organization losing control over the team, which already has some pretty clear discipline problems.

Anyways, “we will come to a decision pending investigation” is starting down the wrong path already.


Anonymous #

Pathetic. I hope the Rooneys take this seriously. They’ve always been known for not putting up with much of this type behavior in the past. The Roethlisberger debacle somewhat of an aberration.


StuInMcCandless
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Which Roethlisberger debacle? I was thinking less of the hotel room incident, more of the driving a motorcycle without a license or a helmet and getting wiped across Second Avenue.


salty
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The motorcycle crash, he got left hooked, it was not his fault. So what if he didn’t have a helmet on? His permit had expired but a valid permit is no protection against getting creamed by a car either.

The sexual assault allegations (there were two incidents, one in 2008 in a hotel room and one in 2010 in a club) were certainly a hell of a lot more of a debacle. He’s a sleazy asshole and the Steelers should have traded or cut him, which they do usually to do with other players who act like assholes… but they made an exception for the star QB.

Pretty sure this dumbass Ta’amu won’t be a Steeler for very much longer and I hope he spends some time in jail and (I can dream) is never allowed to drive again.


Pierce
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Surprised the guy isn’t dead, seeing as how cops usually deal with drivers that don’t stop around here

I’ll be interested to see what the guy that ran over James Price gets charged with in comparison to this, where nobody was seriously hurt


cburch
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How about how they dealt with James Harrison beating his wife? Or about Heinz Ward embezzling from his bar or getting caught drunk driving or texting and driving and claimin he just can’t help it. Or how about good old Charlie Batch and his falling apart apartment buildings in his hometown?

The steelers aren’t half as classy as people like to pretend they are.


HiddenVariable
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i think the contention is that they are classier than other nfl teams. and when you set the bar that low, even i can step over it.


buffalo buffalo
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PG is reporting it’s not the first time he’s been caught driving drunk, either: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-players-acknowledge-taamus-mistake-657709/

(of course, he pretty much got away with it the last time, too…)


Mick
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It’s kind hard to expect the guys whose job it is to crush a guy with the footbal to be some perfect gentleman after a whistle blows.

On the other hand, I shouldn’t be paying for their stadium. Welfare for millionaires and a few possible billionaire? I dont’ like it.

I don’t see any reason why season ticket holders shouldn’t be able to own part of the team. In Green Bay, they do. That setup was grandfathered in, though.

NFL regulations won’t let a coalition of concerned citizens buy a team.

Green Bay has a football team. No other city does. The other owners can -and do!- shake down the taxpayers for more cash by threatening to leave. Standard NFL Ower procedure.

That’s why – no matter how sleazy the players get – they are not even close to the pond scum the genuinely esteemed owners are, IMO. Puzzles me that decent working people respect billionaires with their hands in other people’s pockets, but there you have it.


Adam
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http://triblive.com/sports/2786300-85/amu-police-arrest-tomlin-according-driving-steelers-act-aggravated-assault?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+alltribstories+%28TribLIVE+News%29

Wow, big time punishment!

I wish I could get “suspended for 2 weeks” after driving drunk like a reckless maniac around South Side and destroying a bunch of people’s cars.

I picked the wrong line of work for sure!

I see “fine, and community service” in his future after he meets the judge.


rice rocket
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It’s kind hard to expect the guys whose job it is to crush a guy with the footbal to be some perfect gentleman after a whistle blows.

When your starting salary is $390k, you find a way.


buffalo buffalo
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It’s kind hard to expect the guys whose job it is to crush a guy with the football to be some perfect gentleman after a whistle blows.

Most actors are expected to leave their characters on the stage. Even “Method” actors walk away from their characters when the show is over. Why shouldn’t we expect the same of athletes?

I wish I could get “suspended for 2 weeks” after driving drunk like a reckless maniac around South Side and destroying a bunch of people’s cars.

I will mention, though, that as one of the Trib’s columnists pointed out, this isn’t final. “Two weeks” is the suspension up to the arraignment–it’s not necessarily the final punishment. of course, it’s entirely plausible the courts could punt, and the steelers blow it, but it’s not yet written down.


boostuv
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Mick with the knowledge bomb.


Adam
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I am going to assume the Steelers give him the boot when it all shakes down. I mean, I remember a certain place kicker… oh… what was his name???? haha…

It will be a more or less forgotten story and player before he even goes in for his final sentencing — in my opinion.


rsprake
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Don’t forget that Jeff Reid wasn’t let go until after he started sucking as a kicker.


Adam
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Haha… True.


rice rocket
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Steelers reinstated him today.


salty
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Yeah, I was just going to post that… sorry to have to admit I was wrong about him not being a Steeler much longer, but…

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000087411/article/alameda-taamu-reinstated-by-pittsburgh-steelers


stefb
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Screw that whole organization.


orionz06
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I am shocked that a team with a weakness at NT brought him back. More so, while I am a Ben fan the off field stuff pisses me off, how in the hell does someone accused get far more punishment than someone who did everything but kill someone. And there is irrefutable evidence this time.

2 weeks… That is it, 2 weeks. You get 2 weeks off for an event so bad that the police considered shooting you to stop. If your actions are so bad that the police are willing to shoot at you to stop you from doing them you should be in jail, not at home for 2 weeks before returning to your NFL team.

And then to boot the NFL link uses words like “allegedly”…


rice rocket
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