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Pittsburgh Steeler and Accused Thug Afforded Special Treatment?

Alameda Ta'amu released from custody after being charged with criminally endangering the lives of others.

I wonder whether an ordinary person would be immediately released from custody if charged with felony counts of fleeing police and aggravated assault while driving drunk, three counts of aggravated assault for nearly running down police officers with his vehicle and 10 misdemeanors including resisting arrest and attempted escape. I suspect that an unknown individual would be recognized as a menace and either held without bond or subjected to a bond of at least hundreds of thousands of dollars. The situation is different when the accused thug is Alameda Ta’amu, a member of the exalted Pittsburgh Steelers, this DUI charge being his second.

The Steelers have provided a tap on the wrist to Ta’amu, suspending him for a mere two games. I am sure that will have a powerful effect, no doubt serving to convert him into a law-abiding, honorable teetotaler gentleman who respects the property and lives of others.

Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus, who represents the South Side, the area in which the alleged atrocity occurred in the wee small hours of Sunday morning, had it exactly right in reacting to Ta’amu’s apology to his teammates, stating that the apology was made to the wrong people, that it should have been addressed to area residents, business owners, and visitors to the South Side, and to the pitiable police officers whose lives he endangered.

Do we give a pass (pun intended) to someone simply because they are a professional athlete and because their life-threatening actions did not result in injury or death this time? How many chances are to be provided to a miscreant before he is no longer able to be regarded as a respected member of society? How much mayhem are they permitted to inflict before they land behind bars?

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Roger October 18, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Nothing new here.... These kinds of folks and their misdeeds never seem to get the same treatment as the average citizen.
Erika Bogden October 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I agree with you. Its is a disgrace how pro athletes are treated compared to us "normal" people. It makes me sick.
Ed M October 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
It's not just pro athletes, it's anyone who is "somebody"
Visitor October 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Everyone is presumed to be entitled to bond. This is a fundamental aspect of the US and Pennsylvania Constitution. Most people who remain in jail after being arrested are there because they can't afford to pay the bond...
Frank K October 21, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The police were just following the "Rooney Rule!"
Shirley Dean October 26, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Here's your options people, Raja who is a reformer that isn't a career politician and who brings a fresh perspective, OR Matt Smith who is a Harrisburg politician that lied about taking a pension, voted for raising taxes on small businesses, and has voted for over 5 billion in new spending INCLUDING the Arlen Spectar Library AND funding for Jerry Sandusky's 2nd mile. YES THIS IS A VERIFIABLE FACT, MATT SMITH VOTED TO FUND JERRY SANDUSKY'S CHARITY AFTER THE ALLEGATIONS HAD BEEN MADE- Matt is too busy running for House, Senate, and being a full time attorney to read the legislation he's voting for OR he's so far in the back pockets of Education Unions that it's blinding. Please check for yourself and your own two eyes (Act 130 12/19/2011) (Capitol Budgets 2009-2011) .
J. December 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
When I saw the headline I thought you were talking about Ben. Oren, you love to use words like thug and animal when writing about "those people" don't you?

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