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Cut him or keep him? What to do with Ta’amu?


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

My initial reacting to hearing that rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu is facing felony charges for his drunk driving escapade early Sunday morning was simply that he was going to be released, and rightfully so.

Then, after reading the police report, I was sure that he was going to be released.

However, I can make convincing arguments both ways.

CUT HIM: The shear enormity of the violations listed in the police report warrants him to be cut. If it was simply a DUI or an assault, that’s one thing, but the more than a dozen … wow. That’s unacceptable on any level. The Steelers have to save face and cut this kid to drive home the point to the players that there will be no toleration for this kind of behavior from anybody. The Steelers can’t allow the organization’s reputation to be compromised.

KEEP HIM: For the Steelers to cut Ta’amu loose the first time he messed up, albeit quite badly, would be irresponsible as an organization. It’s not like Ta’amu is a bad guy. He is a very nice and polite kid who was brought up very well in a Samoan family under the guidance of his father, who is a former pastor. Ta’amu is very impressionable and made a horrible mistake. It’s likely that he got scared and that’s why he did what he did when he ran from the police (still not a viable excuse.) The Steelers need to provide help and guidance to a kid who has never been more than a couple miles from his family until his was drafted by the Steelers (went to college a couple miles from his hometown.)

What would you do?

If it was nearly anybody else than Alameda Ta’amu, I would say cut him. But I am strongly leaning in the direction of keeping him and help the kid.

But whatever the Steelers decide to do, you really can’t argue. Well, at least I can’t.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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