Arrest Report, Video Surfaces Of Steelers OLB Coach Joey Porter

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter was arrested Sunday night after an incident occurred at a bar on the Southside following the win over the Miami Dolphins and the police report has now surfaced on Reddit.

As you can see below, Porter reportedly took issue with a doorman not letting him in The Flats and at one point he apparently lifted the man off the ground. Porter then reportedly grabbed the wrists of the responding police officer before finally allowing himself to be placed in handcuffs.

Porter was reportedly under the influence of alcohol during the incident.

It will now be interesting to see what kind of repercussions Porter will face both legally and from the Steelers.

Porter is now free on a $25,000 bond.

  • Big White

    Such a shame. Sounds like the officers, bouncers and friends gave him every opportunity to dodge the situation, but to no avail. If this happened a 9:30pm he must have gone straight from the stadium probably 5:30 ish over to Southside. Still love ya Joey, get the help you need.


    Fire him

  • WilliamSekinger

    Not trying to defend what Porter did, but where from that report do you get aggravated assault on top of simple assault? I can see the simple assault from him grabbing the door man and the officer, but aggravated assult typically involves the use of a weapon.

  • StillersInThe6

    This – I don’t quite care for this type of behaviour, regardless of it’s timing (in the middle of a post-season run). I really don’t believe there will be a fall-off in play without him, from our LB core, at this point. There’s no excusing this type of behaviour. Also, according to the bouncer (Neskow) this doesn’t sound like anything new – said Porter had threatened to kill him in the past..

  • Shane Mitchell

    It is considered aggravated assault when it is against a police officer.

  • falconsaftey43

    Have to part ways. One thing for a player to do something like this, but Coaches are held to higher expectations. Leadership can’t set this kind of example.

  • MDPensFan

    Peezy looks banged up in that booking photo. C’mon man, you’ve got know better than this. Now Tomlin has to answer questions about his dumb decision to leave Ben in too long and about his coach actin’ a fool five hours after the game is over.

  • Dorian James

    They’ll probably have no choice but to let him go now SMH

  • I don’t think they will fire him. But he should definitely be put on notice.

  • Chris

    I’m just glad that the officer was “dressed appropriately”. Good job keeping the peace, and with the double layers there.

  • Sam Clonch

    The usual sentence for this is the death sentence (come on guys, get real with the “fire him” stuff).

  • iamone99

    N words will be N words

  • pittfan

    gather facts, then act appropriately.

  • dany

    I dont think they should fire him, though it wouldn’t be a shock

    I will say this, if his unit performed consistently (not only the past month and a half) great like, say, Munchak’s then you can bet the Rooney’s would have more leeway with him

  • The Chin

    You’re an idiot and should be banned from this site

  • iamone99

    Awe, your feels.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I said this on the other thread. I’ll repeat it here. If Michael Floyd can get picked up by the Pats after what he did, and no one bats an eye, then I don’t see how this can be any more of a story than that, especially since Floyd’s crime was more dangerous imo. You can address this in the offseason and evaluate what you want to do as an organization moving forward. But for right now, I think this is getting blown out of proportions. We have a playoff run to focus on here. The legal stuff will work itself out.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I agree, I always thought aggravated assault meant a weapon, kidnapping, or rape. Maybe because his massive arms counted as weapons?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I disagree. Yes, they are held to a higher standard. But I wouldn’t call this grounds for dismissal. If it was more serious or became a pattern, then I would agree with you.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I think that’s what will happen. They probably tell him, one more slip up and you’re out. He’s on thin ice.

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  • iamone99

    Chimp threatened to kill the bouncer in the past. He has no business on our sidelines.

  • letownia

    So all the players will think, if coach can go crazy, so can I…

    Definitely fire him imo.

  • Big White

    Oh no. Gots to go. Looks poorly on Tomlin and Front office. Can’t do it.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    If a player really had that simplistic of a mindset, they should probably be assessed for mental retardation. I think any NFL player should know they shouldn’t expect to be able to get away with this on a regular basis.

  • BigEasySteelFan

    Can this type of stupidity stay off of this site.

  • iamone99

    Been here for years. Can I not have an opinion? Porter is cancer.

  • You don’t fire a guy with a clean history over one incident. Since he’s been a coach, we haven’t anything about his personal life.

    I remember when everyone wanted Ben cut or traded a few years ago over things from his personal life. Then everyone hates the signing of a reformed rehabilitated Micheal Vick, out cries from fans threatening to stop being a fan at the thought of signing Kapernick and know want to fire Porter over this.

    I forgot how smug Steeler fans are wanting to look down their noses at lesser human beings…

    It’s not a good look, what happened to forgiveness?

  • pdupuis

    You can have an opinion, keep the racial overtones out of it though. You think Porter is cancer and should be gone that should be your reason & opinion!

  • pdupuis

    5’6″ 145 lb. small build police officer. Really?

  • pdupuis

    What was Porter thinking? Does he want a job on the Bungle’s coaching staff?

  • Big White

    Dude. Joey Porter has been arrested or involved with chaos for nearly fifteen years. He was just arrested a few years back for passing bad checks. He’s been shot, jumped people in casinos, the list goes on and on. I have a checkered past and i am not passing judgment on him, but he cannot be a coach on a pro team. You can keep him as a scout or perhaps if he cleans up use him as a consultant for other troubled players, but not on your sideline.

  • WreckIess

    Terrible if true. Joey has a great job in one of the better organizations out there and I’d hate to see him lose that over something like this. Hopefully there’s more to the story.

    Also, I don’t know if the officer put it that way to make it seem like everyone involved was being victimized by Porter or something, but they really made them self sound like a coward weakling with that description.

  • 7TreSqueez

    Chimp? Joey has no Neanderthal DNA whatsoever while Caucasians have the highest amount. Study anthropology u dumb uneducated buffoon then maybe you’ll understand. Oh and we all know you’ll NEVER have the courage to say that to joey LOL

  • Dan

    I also posted on the other thread that I’d rather we just move on today. Don’t really want somebody with his history and extreme poor judgement in our leadership team. The Michael Floyd thing is bizarre, but that shows a difference in the Pats org and the Steelers org.

  • woodsworld58

    Probably has a Napoleon complex….trying to prove he’s a big man, by challenging the Steeler’s coach. Pittsburgh, unfortunately has a long history of racial problems that manifest like this…..

  • Sheesh, Porter is too old for this type of behavior. He’s acting like an out of control college kid. With that being said, I would like to hear what he has to say about the incident. If he tries to justify the behavior or if he owns up, and wants to make amends should help determine whether or not they give him a second chance.

  • Dan

    Not sure what’s happened to respect for authority anymore. Club security (bouncer) says you can’t come in, then flip him the bird and go somewhere else. Uniformed police officer give you instructions, then you follow them and if you think the instructions are unfair, then file a complaint at the station. I don’t see why this is so hard. So many people think they can fight back against cops, then they complain and file suits when things go wrong. No sympathy for that BS.

  • As a player he’s had a checked past I know, but since he’s been a coach, we haven’t heard a peep about him.

    I did say “Since he’s been a coach, we haven’t heard anything about his personal life.” with my next sentence.

  • iamone99

    Get out ya feels, son.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Yeah what do the Pats know. Not like they’re consistently the best team in the league or anything. I’m glad you’re not in charge.

  • pittfan

    What’s the cop supposed to do? Let Porter smack the guy? Let him walk away? Its the cops job to intervene.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Your statement couldn’t be more ignorant. Did you even read the complaint? At initial contact by the officer he refused to even acknowledged his presence and continued to grab the door man. Then he proceeds to grab the officer’s wrists after he is pulled off the door man. Then he attempts to walk away and refuse any police commands. The officer had no choice but to arrest him. Porter probably could have walked away without any charges if he just left and listened to his friends. Porter got himself arrested by his actions.

  • LucasY59

    racial bias isnt really much of a (educated) opinion, you could say it was a mistake by Porter without expressing it the way you did (which makes you look worse than Porter…)

  • Big White

    That’s like me changing careers from a plumber to a carpenter and when people demand a background check, me saying well i haven’t been in any incidents that past year while a carpenter. C’mon Man!!

  • iamone99

    Guy has been shot, 70k in bad checks, dui, etc…….No, just call it like I see it. You can take the hood rat out of the projects, but he will still remain a hood rat.

  • popsiclesticks

    I mean what’s to stop a guy like, say, Alameda Ta’amu from drunkenly crashing down a South Street alley if he knows that Joey Porter can get away with this?

  • pittfan

    same can be said for hillbillies.

  • LucasY59

    again unnecessary use of derogatory terms, using the facts by themselves will do much more to help your side of the argument, but adding slurs will make you look like the @$$#01&

  • Up until last night, people wanted to fire him because of his position group’s not seeing many returns on the field. But now all of a sudden he should be fired for his off the field antics because of his past. Why did nobody care about his past until 9:30 last night?

    I personally just don’t like to have a knee jerk reactions about anything. Cooler heads always prevail. Let’s see what is the final result over this and have a proper reaction to it. If more story comes out that puts an even worse spin on this or he has a second incident soon, then yeah, send him packing.

    I’m willing to bet we all know someone that has been in a similar situation if we haven’t been there ourselves. Although I have never been arrested, I probably should have been. I have been the guy that has gotten kicked out of bars and been part of a party and had to come to someone else’s aid when they were getting tossed.

    His decision was piss poor and not needed and will create a distraction but to fire him might be a little over the top at this juncture.

    It’s not like the police don’t love taking celebrities down. Even from the officer’s story, the charges seem a little excessive.

  • pdupuis

    I know that I’m just amazed that someone that small would choose the profession he chose with his build.

  • VaDave

    Actually, that’s the audition for a starting position….

  • pittfan

    that is rather small, but chicks get hired that size so i guess its okay.

  • iamone99

    Good Lord, man….grow a pair. PC is dead.

  • iamone99

    Trash, N words………same thing.

  • they have something to prove to the world don’t you know.

  • Big White

    The opportunity with the Steelers WAS the 2nd Chance Opportunity. Look i appreciate your love for Joey, as do I. He was a great player and an even better personality, but good lord this wasn’t a DUI. He assaulted another person which is a Felony not a misdemeanor.

  • HAHA, I found that amusing as well.

  • LucasY59

    naw Im not PC, I can just find a better way to express my opinion

  • JohnB

    wonder what was so great in The Flats? wonder where the (retracted) terrorist accusations came from? weird stuff.

  • SteelersDepot

    sorry, man, can’t have this on the site

  • 20Stoney

    Or the Steelers coach was drunk and acting stupid and the cop was doing his job.

  • Steve Johnson

    What ever happened to Lead By Example? What a disgrace!

  • 20Stoney

    Bingo. Here’s the statue pertaining to police officers. (6) attempts by physical menace to put any of the officers, agents, employees or other persons enumerated in subsection (c), while in the performance of duty, in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;

  • James Churchwell

    What I love about The Rooneys is whether or not they terminate Joey, it will not because of what ANY of you all say they should do!!

  • mem359

    I’d be more curious what prompted someone to add “terroristic threats” to the initial charges.

    (Probably dropped after this report clarified the actual events. I suspect that the meaning of “terrorism” has become so diluted that it is added to any altercation to try to get people more compliant and fearful.)

  • Mark

    I want to give Joey an out, but after watching him demolish a Bengal player in Las Vegas with his crew. I’m like, Joey you went to far this time. Get the drinking under control bro and come back after the playoffs.

  • Mark

    Once again, it wasn’t Tomlin call on Ben to stay in the game. Ben is paid a lot of money to play QB with 11 years of experience. His lack of game management is horrible. He lacks the brain power to know time, situation, and score. His I gotta make play every snap holds him back from being a Top 3 QB. Brady, Rogers, Breez all better at making the throw away decision.

  • Dan

    Yep the Pats have been pretty successful in the last 16 years. And most teams in the league, including the Steelers, have tolerated poor conduct, but I’d like to think the Steelers are at least above the Pats in taking the high road. It would be a shame to break up continuity now, but I’m not sure Porter is that stellar of a coach. Certainly this is not just Porter’s fault, but I expect more out of our LBs than we’ve been getting. But agree it would be good if this could be handled in the offseason.

  • Dan


  • charles

    When you lift weights and are in extremely good shape what happens is that you have to tear your body up to build it. When you tear up your body, there is peripheral damage, in particular to your psyche. Add sugar in the form of alcohol and you become an OJ. Violence and extreme physical fitness are one and the same. I have been there.

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  • walter

    I also have a feeling the charges are excessive.

  • Mister Wirez

    Good luck Peezy, you’ll need it…
    The wussification of America continues.

  • Mister Wirez

    Wow. Just fire him?
    No hearing, no representation, no his side of the story, no innocent until proven guilty?

    I’m really glad you’re not on the Supreme Court.

  • Mister Wirez

    This is the first time I’ve heard of Porter in trouble since he’s been a coach here.

  • Mister Wirez

    Hey, I’m a hillbilly!

  • Brendon Glad

    It’ll blow over. The multiple charges probably are just a “statement”. Go by the book and give him every single charge possible so that he will plead to something. He would have been face-down on the ground with an officer or 2 on his back if the officers were overly concerned about the “aggravated assault” and “resisting arrest”.

    That said, being an NFL coach should require higher standards of behavior than that of players. So if Joey loses his job in Pittsburgh because of this, then I will shake my head to say “that’s a shame”, but I won’t be complaining about it.

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  • Sweetdick Willie

    Don’t believe Word these corrupt cops say! Let tell my story. Dec.4 at the Home game against the Giants after the 1st play I was told to sit down by usher and I refused. So he went to get the cops. When they arrived I was sitting and they made me leave anyway. I left without resisting and they led me to a remote place in the stadium and they preceeded to attack me out of no where. As they did it they yelled out that I hit a police officer. Which is total BS. As they drug me to the ground they smashed my face into the concrete while I was in a submissive position. They took me to the hospital for stitches and sent me to jail for 16 hours. And I have the same felony criminal charges as Porter. How many more people will this corrupt police force brutalized before they are brought to justice.

  • Sweetdick Willie

    So those of you calling for his job, I wouldn’t rush to judgement. Not saying he’s innocent, just saying I know what those corrupt cops are capable. It’s always nice that they have the ability to write the story afterwards. Also they know they can do whatever they want because most people will take a plea deal to avoid jail time and permanent felony charges. In the end they go about their lives after the ruin others lives.

  • Richard Edlin

    The question is whether it’s reasonable to be in that fear if all that’s happened is that someone has grabbed your wrists. I suspect a lawyer would be interested to know how the office felt that he was in fear of serious bodily injury when both Porter’s hands were occupied.

    I’m also not sure of the relevance of the men with Porter being black, and not sure why the police officer felt it to be of relevance.

  • Getitout

    One of the dumbest comments I have read. EVER

  • pittfan


  • mokhkw

    Makes no difference, you can’t touch Cops, period. Reference to race or skin color is usually given in all police reports as part of the description, just like gender is.

  • gentry_gee

    He done got liquored up. Where is Sheriff Taylor when you need him?

  • I.P. Freeley

    Because white people are afraid of black men. It should not have been mentioned, but clearly this officer felt it necessary in justifying his actions.

    Being with black people is grounds for reasonable suspicion among most white officers.

  • Richard Edlin

    That’s the thing though – Neskow’s ethnicity isn’t described. So it’s only germane if it’s a black man?

  • Richard Edlin

    I don’t want to instantly jump to that conclusion, but I’m struggling to square the list of charges with what has been said by the officer.

    I’d imagine that serious questions should also be raised about the possibility of a fair trial given that this report is in the public domain. Somewhere, a lawyer is rubbing their hands.

  • Richard Edlin

    Laws of time and space?

  • Richard Edlin

    My only query is why you’re sorry.

  • I.P. Freeley

    Really? Period, end of story? What if the cop is acting unlawfully, or harming someone, or themselves? What if he needs CPR, or is on fire, or needs help? There are justifiable reasons for almost anything that the law accounts for.

    Referencing the suspect’s skin color in a report is not this issue. When does the race of who he was with become relevant information? It would appear only relevant to defend his own level of concern for his own or other’s’ safety.

  • I.P. Freeley

    Police have a tough job, but also signed up for it, so let’s not get too worked up about their sacrifice.

    My guess is the cop was being his usual south-side city cop cunthish entitled self, and Joey was indignant that someone dare not afford him the celebrity status he so earnestly deserves.

    Innocent or not, I hope he keeps his job, but this can’t happen again.

    The team needs to be keeping their eyes on the prize and break some hearts in KC!

  • mokhkw

    By Law you can’t touch them at all. If you see them doing something bad you’re supposed to call the Police but not get involved. As for rendering assistance if he is injured, you can just like anyone else.

    As for the race reference, I was replying to Richards post – “I’m also not sure of the relevance of the men with Porter being black, and not sure why the police officer felt it to be of relevance.”- the same one you replied to.

  • mokhkw

    They should describe everyone by ethic group, white/caucasian, Mexican/Spanish, etc. It’s pretty much standard police reporting world wide and should include the alleged victim’s ethic group as well, especially in the US where they have hate crime laws.

  • Axe Skot

    From the City Paper. Slow your roll here people and let’s just see where this all lands.

    “According to ESPN’s article and other local publications like the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and Pittsburgh Post Gazette, this isn’t Porter’s first run in with the law. Porter was arrested under suspicion of drunken driving, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in California in 2010. And according to the Trib, “In September 2006, Porter was cited when two of his dogs got loose from his Pine home and killed a miniature horse at a neighbor’s farm.”

    But the articles fail to add that this isn’t Pittsburgh Police Officer Abel’s first high-profile altercation either. In 2008, Abel was arrested on charges that he pistol-whipped and accidentally shot a man he mistook for someone that he had an altercation with in a bar. He was also allegedly intoxicated and after driving drunk. While Abel was initially suspended without pay, Judge Jeffrey Manning cleared him of criminal wrongdoing although he said, according to the Post-Gazette that Abel’s actions were “inappropriate, imprudent and ill-advised.” Even though he was trying to detain the wrong man, Abel said he was trying to make an arrest, not retaliate. Manning said, “It is not the obligation of this court to police the police department.” As we’re sure you can deduce, Abel went back to work on the police force. The city, however, paid the victim, Kaleb Miller, a $44,500 settlement.

    Abel was also the subject of at least three other complaints made to the Pittsburgh Citizens Police review board. One involved Abel’s wife alleging that her husband forced her to accuse the grandparents of her children of sexual abuse during a custody dispute. Another involved Abel fighting with his brother-in-law in the hallway of the Allegheny County Courthouse and still another alleged that Abel slammed a man’s head into a wall when he asked the officer not to shoot his grandfather with a Taser. No criminal charges have ever been filed in any of the cases.

    According to a report filed by Abel in the Saturday incident, the officer attempted to restrain Porter after the Steelers coach lifted Flats on Carson doorman Jon Nesgow off the ground. Abel says Porter than grabbed him by the wrists, after which Abel called for backup and Porter was arrested.

    According to the report Abel was wearing a body camera but he didn’t turn it on until after he was grabbed by Porter. “

  • Michael Mosgrove

    except napoleon wasnt really short so that term is faulty.

  • Woodsworld

    I’d never condone Porter’s response, but am wondering why he was denied admission in the first place. Sometimes people are looking to get on the map by creating controversy with people who are in the public eye. This is the second time a Steelers player or coach experienced problems on the South Side.