Alameda Ta'amu apologizes for incident, his second DUI charge since 2009

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Steelers rookie was charged with drunken driving, destruction of property and resisting arrest for an alleged incident on the South Side in October. He waived his right to a preliminary trial Thursday. He was arrested but not convicted of DUI in December, 2009.

Making his first public statement since being arrested for drunken driving, aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and fleeing an officer. He also is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, DUI and escape, all misdemeanors, in addition to several summary driving offenses, according to the Post-Gazette.

Prosecutors dropped three counts of aggravated assault.

"I'm receiving help and trying to move forward," he said. " 'Sorry' is the only word I can say."

It wasn't the first time Ta'amu was charged with drunken driving. According to the Post-Gazette, he was charged for DUI in December, 2009, but plead guilty to negligent driving.

Ta'amu has the support of the Steelers, whether directly in his desire to get help, or implied, by keeping him on the roster, when they easily could have released him upon the completion of the team-imposed two-game suspension he served in Weeks 7-8. They've kept him on the roster, and there hasn't been any official statement from the team on that decision.

Ta'amu, a fourth-round draft pick out of Washington, hasn't been activated for any game this season, and likely won't be.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker