Report: Joey Porter Gets Into Altercation With Police After Steelers Game (Updates)

Some strange piece of news coming out this evening. Joey Porter has been reportedly placed in the back of a squad car after getting into an “altercation” with an officer on the South Side this evening. The Beaver County Times’ Chris Mueller was first to report. He issued a series of tweets about the incident.

Obviously, details are scarce and what Mueller is reporting is all we really know. Ostensibly, Porter has been arrested but that isn’t completely known either, I suppose.

We’ll update the story as it develops, and be sure to follow Mueller for any immediate details. Porter has served as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ outside linebackers coach for the past two seasons and has coached with the team the last three. He played for the team from 1999 to 2006.

UPDATE: WPXI says the Steelers have told they’re aware of the incident.

Steelers’ lead PR man has issued a brief statement per Chris Bradford.

Pittsburgh Police say Porter has indeed been arrested.

More updates. Jacob Klinger reports Porter was arrested for being an “unruly customer” at a South Side bar.

(11:59 PM): Pittsburgh police have released an officially a statement on what happened. Porter is accused of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, and terroristic threats.

12:53 AM: Police say they have removed the terroristic threat charges.

11:16 AM: You can read the full police report here.

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  • Thomas

    idiot

  • nitrous12

    Cop was a Dolphins fan?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    What the….

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Sounds like our Joey. One of the cops probably insulted the play of our LB crew.

    Seriously though, hope this isn’t anything bad. Always liked Porter.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Probably had a couple drinks and got a little too rowdy. Someone bail him out so he can get to work tomorrow.

  • Constantinople

    tsk, tsk, tsk…

  • colingrant

    He’s a Steeler. Allow the facts to surface before judgement.

  • Ryan

    Come on Joey, gotta be smarter than this. Can’t be having distractions during playoff time. Hope in the end it’s much ado about nothing.

  • JNick

    He didn’t want to get shown up by Pacman.
    Gotta keep it real!

  • This is and odd report. I wonder what happened.

    Is there any chance Steeler Nation can wait to judge until we figure out what happened?

    I know they aren’t waiting for a diagnosis on Ben’s ankle before craping their pants…

  • aWaL

    Maybe he got drunk and remembered playing for Miami…..I’d get a little rowdy too

  • Steel Your Face

    Jesus. Just what in the hell we needed. BS media storyline to start the week. Thanks, Peezy. Curse words…

  • aWaL

    Bigger question….Did he get shot in the ass?

  • Victor Charlie

    yoiks … only the players are supposed to do that kinda stuff Joey
    you’re a coach now lol

  • aWaL

    No seriously….Did he get shot in the ass? Cuz he’ll get the defense crazy hiped….

  • pcantidote

    Pac Man was just quoted as saying that Joey needs to work on his people skills.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Bless his heart.

  • William Weaver

    Bravo!!

  • Hypo Cycloid

    Chiefs fan.

  • Steel B

    Boy. That escalated quickly.

  • Mrs Bighead

    THEY SHOT ME IN DENVER

  • LucasY59

    It was Jerry that did it, Or at least thats what another guy that was recently arrested thinks…

  • The Truth

    Have to wait to see what really happened. If this is all on Porter I say cut him after the season.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Oh give me a break

  • Vic

    Maybe he was venting his frustrations about tomlin leaving ben in the game and ben making a stupid play

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I’d rather this be the story line going into KC than the Ben ankle injury. Bravo Porter. Taking one for the team.

  • Steelers12

    Patriots fan

  • sluggo13

    What was Pacman Jones doing in a Southside bar?

  • The Truth

    So if Porter turns out to be a drunk problem then he should be retained? How is that a good example for players like Bell, Bryant etc…?

  • “unruly customer” = slap on the wrist = non issue

  • Jeff Papiernik

    One mistake over 5 years of coaching. Sorry, but that’s not grounds for dismissal. Now yes, if it became a reoccurring problem, then yeah, he’d have to go. But a few too many drinks and getting a bit too rowdy after a big win does not constitute a cancer for the team. Sorry we’re not as all perfect as you are.

  • connfyoozed .

    All the details need to come out… but if he’s stupid enough to be causing trouble in a bar after a playoff game while the team is on the roll it’s on… can him. Not after the season, now. The last thing this team needs is a distraction and negative publicity.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    You guys need to calm the F down. This is not going to determine whether we win or lose. Now firing him? That would. You guys obviously know nothing about coaching or team chemistry

  • The Truth

    It shows he has a maturity issue. Normal people don’t get arrested when celebrating.

    Also, I said we will have to wait on the details.

    So not getting arrested is being perfect? You must have some serious problems.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I’m not condoning what he did. I’m just saying it’s not grounds for dismissal. This is a slap on the wrist compared to what Ben was accused of, or the pot issues of Martavis and Bell.

  • The Truth

    Have to see what he did. What if he assaulted an officer or citizen?

  • connfyoozed .

    Firing an outside linebackers coach would determine whether we win or lose? And I don’t know what I’m talking about? Get over yourself. It’s an opinion. If you don’t like it, fine, but we are fans commenting on a blog. Stop acting like some expert.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    And what if he didn’t? How about stop making assumptions?

  • Firing him over this would be a move the Browns would make.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Right now, this will not be a distraction for this upcoming game against KC. Want to know how to make this a MONSTER distraction? Fire Porter. Then a media circus will reign down upon Pittsburgh like you wouldn’t believe. And yeah, your opinions sucks

  • NinjaMountie

    I guess that is depends on what normal is to you. I’ve seen many of my friends get arrested for DC while being drunk. Funny enough, most of them were cops or military. You just go to the police station, pay the bail, and pick them up. They go back and pay a fine and that’s it. Truth be told, it happened to me when I was young and in the military. Slap on the wrist and it never interfered with any security clearance nor did it go on my record. I say wait and see exactly what happened before calling to fire someone.

  • connfyoozed .

    Gee, did I touch a nerve or something? OK, so my opinion sucks. I know nothing about coaching or team chemistry. You are entirely wiser than I am… except than opinions “rain” down, not “reign”, but no biggie. Feel better? Holy heck, what a big deal about nothing, from a nothing.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I hate unloyal fans like yourself. Go jump on the bandwagon of some up and coming franchise like Oakland. We are a team, a family. We stick together through thick and thin.

  • RickM

    Things happen and people make mistakes. I’m sure the Steelers will calmly address the issue and, if necessary, Joey will learn from it.

  • NinjaMountie

    Shhhhh! No being reasonable! Don’t you know it’s either forgive him completely or fire him! No middle ground!

  • Mrs Bighead

    Ever been kicked out of a bar? I have probably three or four times. And it doesn’t take much

  • RickM

    Lol. Guess I missed the memo.

  • connfyoozed .

    Stating an opinion contrary to yours or against any on the team at any time is disloyal. And people whose family has owned season tickets since 1957 are bandwagon. Got it. So noted, as I know nothing about team chemistry, loyalty, or being a true fan. Please continue to steer me straight, oh wise one.

  • NinjaMountie

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. LOL
    Lets not go too far there.

  • T R

    mad no playoff ravens

  • Mrs Bighead

    Right. It’s Peezy. Could’ve been a Dolphin fan talking crap about how he was a bust for them, it’s probably something dumb like that

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Ladies and gentleman, the worst season ticket holder ever goes to confused dips*it over here

  • connfyoozed .

    Nope. Been in many bars, been too drunk in quite a few of them, and no. And we aren’t talking about you or me, we are talking about a Steeler coach on the evening of a playoff win, which at least to me is not the same thing.

  • Mrs Bighead

    I guarantee you it’s a non issue. We’ll see him in KC

  • If you are worried about a distraction, firing him over this is sure to create one.

  • NinjaMountie

    I got arrested in San Antonio once for swearing in public. I didn’t even swear loudly. Had to pay a fine in court a week later and that was it. End of story. I did have to spend a couple hours in jail until someone come and got me. Ridiculous.
    Say that to say that we don’t know what he did and that being hand-cuffed in the back of the squad car might not be as sinister as it looks.

  • connfyoozed .

    Yes that’s right, all Steeler fans goose-step along and never criticize anyone or express an opinion that might not be popular or critical of anyone in the organization. Especially if it differs from Jeff’s.

    I am perfectly willing to accept that I might be wrong about my opinion if convinced… but I am absolutely not going to be told that I can’t have one by someone who has to resort to name calling from the get-go.

  • connfyoozed .

    I hope you are right… which is why I said “All the facts need to come out first”. If he wasn’t actually causing a problem, then no big deal.

  • NinjaMountie

    Jeff, have you been drinking a little? You know, cause you have blown this out of proportion….just a tad.

  • RickM

    That’s an unusual one. I didn’t even realize that, by itself, was a crime.

  • connfyoozed .

    That’s a valid point. I’m more worried about how bad it looks to have a coach possibly in a bar causing problems. Not a player, a coach. Now, if he wasn’t causing problems and it was much ado about nothing, then great, move on. And let’s be honest, Joey’s history isn’t unblemished (though I can’t think of anything he’s done off the field since becoming a coach). But a coach causing a scene in a bar? To me it looks worse if the team doesn’t do anything. Again, the facts need to come out first.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I think I’m just sick of many of the people on this message board and I’ve had it. One bad game, FIRE TOMLIN. Being unruly at a bar, FIRE PORTER. Ben goes down one game, QB IN ROUND 1 OF THE DRAFT. My God, does anyone know how to enjoy a good team and a good season without overreacting? How did people ever get through the losing seasons of Cowher?

  • JAMESH

    The facts are that Joey Porter was arrested, placed in handcuffs, secured in the rear of a squad car, and driven to a police facility.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Our LBs played like monsters today, but people want to fire the LB coach without knowing the facts…stop being a 1950s fan

  • You have no idea!!! The rioting going on over Ben and his ankle is UNREAL!!!!!

  • Mrs Bighead

    Yeah! We joke about torn meniscuses!

  • connfyoozed .

    Do you at all see the irony here of your going ballistic about people on this message board overreacting? I’m just going to chalk this up to your having a bad day. Be well.

  • JohnB

    Tomlins fault. Everyone knows this. He’s the Head Coach

  • Someone was bound to say it, lol.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Chill bro. Same team here

  • NinjaMountie

    Yea, shocker to me as well. Disorderly Conduct 3 was what was written on the paper. I guess it’s fair to point out that this happened while I was asking him for his badge number. He was, in my opinion, harassing a drunk fellow soldier I was there to get. He told me to shut up or he’d arrest me for public intoxication. I told him good luck and that he should blow me (honestly meaning give me one of those breathalizers) because I hadn’t had a drink in days. Once he realized I wasn’t drunk…..bam…swearing in public. Oh well….lesson learned. Had to call a guy to pick up the guy that was there to pick up a guy….sigh.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Kansas City Here We Come … with or without Peezy.

  • Mrs Bighead

    They’re scared either way

  • I’m sorry man, lol that’s a funny story. I hope you laugh about it now.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Maybe Clark Haggans can take his place

  • NinjaMountie

    I agree that some people overreact at times….kinda of the nature of being a passionate fan. It’s all good. But for the record: Fire Danny Smith!! lol (but I’m serious)

  • JAMESH

    As Coach Tomlin advises: “Don’t be that guy.”

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Well that’s a bit different. Sub par performance the last few seasons on special teams. He’s had numerous chances to coach up the units and continues to underachieve. Nothing against the guy, but we may have to upgrade in the offseason.

  • NinjaMountie

    Oh yeah! It was just an inconvenience that cost me a 80 dollars and a couple hours in the tank. It never hit a permanent record so it was more an interesting experience and a funny story.

  • connfyoozed .

    I will admit that “handcuffed in the back of the squad car might not be as sinister as it looks” is a fair point. That could have simply been precautionary, or to placate the business owner, or any number of reasons. I’m being accused of condemning Porter without facts, which is not what I meant to do.

  • NinjaMountie

    No worries. He could have punched a cop…..or was swearing in public. They have to handcuff him if he’s arrested. Just remember…you can get arrested for jay walking.

  • Jason Vancil

    I sure hope he treated the cop better than he did Levi Jones in that Casino.

  • Jason Vancil

    You see what he did right there?^^^^^^^ That’s thinkin’

  • Applebite

    Sounds more like somebody recognized Porter and sparked something off. Porter, for his own part, claims he never touched anyone. The idea he was unruly is suspect to me, at least.

  • Alex Kozora

    Where did Porter say that?

  • Matt Manzo

    I guarantee you he didn’t eat anything earlier in the day, and tequila was involved! Same thing happened to me once.
    Can’t wait to hear what the “terroristic” threats were!

  • Matt Manzo

    Now I can’t sleep til I find out!

  • Tom Jackson

    We’re at home here and it’s our coach why would you put bs like terroristic threats in their?! Thats just running the score up. I’m pretty disappointed they seemed to just go pedal to the medal after him here.

    But it sounds pretty bad as well to be fair and he probably behaved animal-esque I would imagine. Very disappointing especially after a night like this. So unnecessary and you gotta put huge blame on Joey here. He gotta be better then this. I mean he’s just dareing the FO to release him of his well paid duties. But still common we’re in Steel City here keep it down a f***ing few with these charges…

  • gdeuce

    scared?

  • colingrant

    Those are definitely a few facts. I’ll await to hear all

  • mokhkw

    If Peezy & Pacman have to share a cell together, who do you think gets to be the “top bunk”?

  • Ike Evans

    Lol in peezy’s defense….the security guards in that bar are more then a lil bit handsy….

  • Steelers072684

    haha

  • The Truth

    I didn’t assume anything. Once again, wait for the details.

  • Umbra Aeternus

    Lol, thats the bright side from all of this

  • NinjaMountie

    Okay..sounds a bit serious. Simple Assault, DC, and terroristic threats. Police say they showed up while he was in the process of assaulting the bouncer. Still, Simple Assault and him ‘assaulting’ the bouncer could mean he was observed shoving him.
    Regardless, this isn’t good on Porter. This isn’t him being drunk and obnoxious…a bit more serious.

  • NinjaMountie

    Probably something like threatening to burn the place down….that’s a popular drunk threat.

  • NinjaMountie

    Well, if he did it he did it. Why should it matter who he is?

  • Mister Wirez

    1. Prisons are full of people who make bad decisions while drinking alcohol.

    2. Joey should be looking in his mailbox for a large yellow envelope from the NFL this week.

    3. Distractions…

  • Mister Wirez

    Cousin Joey… I miss him already. 😆

  • Mister Wirez

    Pretty sure it was JERRY Porter.

    We got Peezy, the “other” Porter.

  • Mister Wirez

    Burficts uncle

  • gentry_gee

    Joey, don’t drink. Cmon man.

  • SuperSteelers

    Joey turned in a sub-bar performance

  • Zarbor

    Agreed. At least wait until we win the SB to act up.

  • Zarbor

    Yup. Isn’t it always…..LOL

  • Reader783

    Maybe it was the Bengals talking trash again

  • OIF3gunner

    Again

  • mokhkw

    Just searched for some reviews and other comments on The Flats, seems their security is known to be racist at times.

  • Ni mo

    Dude shut up !! They shouldn’t even Arrested him must been a dolphin fan

  • Pat Knotts

    Nicely done Joe E

  • Ni mo

    Your an idiot

  • ND_Steel

    Shame…hope it’s not as serious as it sounds for him…be well Peezy

  • Ni mo

    Dude shut up

  • Ni mo

    Shut up

  • Ni mo

    Dumbass

  • Ni mo

    All misdemeanor charges

  • Dan

    Althought I don’t know Joey’s personal life or what really happened in this particular case, but it’s been my observation in life that some people would be better off if they didn’t drink.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Always something….

  • The Truth

    Didn’t I say wait until we know what really happened?

  • Jason

    I dont want him fired but the Lbs will be fine with or without him.

  • The Truth

    Settle down, liberal. I know you are trying for attention so I gave you a little.

    By the way, when you call someone an idiot make sure you spell words like “you’re” correctly.

  • will

    Sort of like O

  • Paddy

    Stuff happens when it’s cold as poo.

  • will

    And There you have it!

  • lyke skywalker

    No need to party that hard. It was only the wild card round.

  • They’re not racist. They’re are pretty strict about footwear though. They won’t let you in if you’re wearing Air Jordans.

    It’s possible that Peezy wasn’t adhering to the dress code and got pissed that they asked him to leave.

  • 20Stoney

    I think we’ll see him in KC too. But I don’t know how people are so dismissive of assaulting a doorman because he won’t let you in, and then putting your hands on the responding cop. If a Bengals coach did the exact same thing we’d all be singing a different tune.

  • Jim Foles

    Munchak seems to turn players into quality OL players.. Porter and the OLB’s not so much…

  • NW86

    LMAO!

  • Mike Lloyd

    Great way to be a distraction leading into the divisional round… Whichever way you want to slice it…Getting drunk and getting yourself arrested; buffoon move. Thanks for being a distraction JP.

  • VaDave

    Spot on!

  • SteelerFanInMD

    where did the terrorist charge come from? that pus doubt into what actually was happening.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    so much for peezy.

  • SumnerYoung

    Too much booze. Too much ego. Too much testosterone. Usually a recipe for disaster.

  • Keith Evans

    Imagine Mike Mitchell after a few too many beers?….eeesh…give me Peezy any day! It’s dumb yup, but hey the world is still turning.

  • ciscoNoDrink

    At least he is. It throwing customers through windows and threatening to kill police officers like one unnamed former athlete.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Thank goodness they removed the removed the making terroristic threats charge; takes some of the edge off the aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness charges.

    The Steelers should talk to Joey; then suspend him pending outcome of the criminal charges.

  • The Chin

    So, with all the phones in that bar, no one recorded a thing?

  • LHW

    Sure it is grounds for being fired, depending on the standards. If the is not let go, then we know the standard. Personally, I hope he stays if he has no other incidents, on the field or off. I like him, but he gives me the impression of a mouthy 250 lb. adolescent who is none too bright. I will say the linebackers have been playing great and I would like to think he is a factor. Joey – get out of jail, keep your mouth shut, stay away from the bars until after the playoffs, and be professional.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Unnecessary distractions. Grow up Coach.

  • 20Stoney

    I think they’ll take the position that they are waiting for things play out before doing anything. They need to minimize the distraction right now, but also don’t need upheaval in the coaching staff and who is coaching what at the most important time of the year. Deal with it after the season IMO.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    A terroristic threat does not involve terrorism like the 911 attackers etc.

    It is a legal charge that basically is a ” threat to cause bodily injury to another person and terrorization as the result of the proscribed conduct.”

    So, if you scream at a person that “I’ll beat you into a living pulp”, and that person is frightened that you will carry it out; then you could be charged. Don’t know what Joey Porter actually said but it probably exceeded polite insistence on being allowed to enter the bar.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The best way to minimize distraction is not taking him to Kansas City – if team is not decisive, the whole story will continue.

  • T R

    oh yeah forgot he played and was cut from Miami… yeah he was overly excited bout that revenge game and got overly drunk

  • Michael Mosgrove

    after the nonsense with the bengals last year one of the players came out and admitted porter didnt start anything. anyone remember who said it?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Made me laugh with that one.

    Law enforcement is always good at articulating the actions that fit the crime. Lot’s of laws stay on the books (like spitting on sidewalks) and are never removed.

  • I like the guy, but he always was a bit of a dumb ass. Just what we need right now. SMH

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Porter charged w/ agg. assault, simple assault, resis arrest, dis conduct, defiant trespass, public drunkenness. come on peezy smh

  • 20Stoney

    I just think their primary focus right now has got to be winning and keeping continuity, and not figuring out how to delegate his responsibilities to other people. That’s all a distraction too, and probably a lot more of one than having to answer media questions about the whole situation. The only way I see them leaving him behind is if this is an ongoing pattern and a “last straw” kind of issue where he’s just more trouble than he’s worth. Either way it’s a real shame that a 40 year old coach puts them in a situation like this. It’s bad enough when players do it.

  • Lil Smitty

    The police aimed the taser there.

  • walter

    You want my 2 cents? The assault charges may be felonies so Porter needs to either get those charges reduced or dismissed completely. I myself was arrested for assault twice in bar fights when I was younger. Both times were self defense. Keep in mind that the police usually see only the end of the fight, not the beginning. Porter may have been attacked similar to the Mike Adams case. Porter being a tough guy would of course fight back. I notice the resisting arrest is not with violence so that would be a lesser charge. Btw i was found not guilty on both of my assault charges when witnesses told the complete story in court.

  • Joseph DeFazio

    Suspend him pending investigation, then when the season is over, just move on and hire someone better

  • Lil Smitty

    I thought that handcuffing people was standard procedure for being arrested and placed in the back of cars. I may be wrong.

  • walter

    He is not arrested for simply being drunk. He has 2 assault charges. Big difference as they may be felonies in PA. However he may be innocent so yes we need to wait and see. It may have been self defense

  • walter

    He didn’t assault an officer because it’s resisting arrest (without violence)

  • Big White

    God this is ugly on every front possible. Who on the South Side doesn’t know who the F Joey Porter is? Secondly, my guess is that he was given every opportunity to walk away because no one wants to be the d!ck that got him arrested. I’m sure we’ll see the cell phone footage here today and my guess is will not be a Steeler by dinner time.

  • walter

    Have you ever been assaulted and fought back?

  • walter

    Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor slap on the wrist charge. Assault is probably a felony. Big difference. However it may have been self defense

  • walter

    I have disorderly conduct on my record it’s nothin

  • walter

    Noooo. He did not punch a cop or his charge would be resisting arrest with violence a serious felony

  • Michael Conrad

    Porters response ” They shot me in Denver “.

    Steelers have no choice but to fire him can’t be a leader and coach of young men with a history of bar fights and run ins with the cops right or wrong.

  • walter

    Aggravated assault may be a felony not sure in PA.

  • walter

    I’m on a bad signal in the everglades so sorry if I posted twice. You want my 2 cents? The assault charges may be felonies so Porter needs to either get those charges reduced or dismissed completely. I myself was arrested for assault twice in bar fights when I was younger. Both times were self defense. Keep in mind that the police usually see only the end of the fight, not the beginning. Porter may have been attacked similar to the Mike Adams case. Porter being a tough guy would of course fight back. I notice the resisting arrest is not with violence so that would be a lesser charge. Btw i was found not guilty on both of my assault and battery charges when witnesses told the complete story in court because it was self defense.

  • westcoasteeler

    Peezy quit hangin with Jeff Reed, for real.

  • Big White

    The description(s) i’m reading via the gazette/post and others makes one wonder how many time Porter HAS NOT been arrested on the South Side because of who he is.

  • Lil Smitty

    Drunk Uncle Peasey is at it again. He keeps getting invited to parties(teams) because he helps with the energy, but he always seems to get a little out of control.
    I doubt the Steelers will do anything until possibly after the trial. If the charges are dropped then it will be forgotten (or at least not punished)

  • John

    Passionate man, we know that. But…c’mon, Coach, you’re in a different spotlight. If we didn’t care about you, do you think we’d raise a fuss?

  • walter

    I agree to a point. Even if Porter was assaulted first, he should have just walked away. However it’s very hard to do. When I was younger I always fought back. But now I’m smarter and if I was in Porter’s position I would never have entered a bar in the first place.

  • stan

    I think they have no choice but to downplay things for now and get through the playoffs because they probably need him to get ready for the game, but I sure hope they’re looking hard and letting him go after the season is over. This is inexcusable for an NFL coach-especially during the playoffs.

  • Josh

    yeah but (hopefully) there are two more weeks in need of distractions. grand theft auto-mode for AFC Championships? Bank Fraud/Ponzi Scheme for Super Bowl LI?

  • Sam Clonch

    Overblown. Let’s move along.

  • Big White

    How in the world do you come to that conclusion? Take the blinders off. This is Joey Porter we’re talking about. For the love of god, he jumped Levi Jones in a Casino, the absolute worst place to start a fight.

  • foremania

    93.7 The Fan had sound bites this morning from an eyewitness, a gentleman who said he’s “on that corner every weekend night” (a bouncer?), stating that the bouncers at The Flats were “ridiculous” to Porter before he got riled up. Allegedly wouldn’t let him in because of what he was wearing, acted beligerent toward him, etc.
    Even if true, obviously doesn’t excuse his reaction, but it’s out there, FWIW.

  • LabRat0116

    SO STUPID…… SO, SO STUPID.

  • LabRat0116

    As a Professional, Public figure you NEVER place yourself in a situation like this in the first place. PERIOD.

  • Big White

    Terroristic threats charges against Joey Porter have been removed, Pittsburgh police spokesperson Sonya Toler says.

    “Yeah Chief, Art Rooney here. Listen i need a favor. Porter won’t be a Steeler much longer, but he’s still family. Anything you can do for him without losing face would be much appreciated.”

  • LabRat0116

    Surely someone has video of this incident. I’d be surprised if there were no cameras outside this bar.

  • Jeff Anoble

    Always have been a Porter fan and think this incident is correctable and forgivable but he hasn’t exactly lit it up in getting the most out of his players and I’ll take any excuse to replace him next year with Hall of Famer Kevin Greene. That guy would light a fire under the OLBs.

  • popsiclesticks

    Yeah, somewhere around 37 or 38 is where you should stop getting in bar fights and yelling at uniformed police officers. Or maybe it’s closer to 23.

  • treeher

    aggravated assault, simple assault, and terroristic threats – Sounds like how Burfict plays.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Terroristic threats? Lmao

  • JohnnyFootball

    Just “Peezy” being “Peezy”!! This guy is a walking embarrassment this team should have no part of. I don’t care what he did when he played. How many times has he gotten out of jams like this without being locked up? Probably a ton, especially since the bouncer said LAST time he was there he was threatening to kill people. But he is Mike T’s buddy so I bet he personally picked him up from the police station and gave him a stern talking to. What “standard” are we operating under with this clown on the payroll? A pretty low one.

  • capehouse

    Lol aggravated assault is not a slap on the wrist. Comparing that to smoking weed is absurd.

  • At the time of that post, we did not know the charges yet, only that he was a unruly customer.

  • Ike Evans

    Lmao…..the joey porter police report ….did u guys read it? Wooooow

  • I looked briefly for the report, I couldn’t find it. Or is the one posted above the report? I thought that was just their press release.

  • Ike Evans

    No its a long ass report and very detailed lol that cop is very detail oriented…..it reads like a novel and joey is a very drunk antagonist lol

  • pittfan

    From a source known to have scoop:

    New details from the Joey Porter arrest … cops say the Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach roughed up a bouncer at a South Side bar after the game Sunday night … in a VERY boozy altercation.
    According to the court complaint … an off-duty cop arrived to the bar around 9:30 PM to find the former linebacker “standing over” the doorman.
    The doorman told Porter, “Last time you were here, you threatened to kill me. You need to leave. You are not getting in.”
    At that point, cops say “Porter lunged at [the bouncer] and grasped [him] by his arms” … and lifted him off the ground.
    The off-duty officer says he rushed in and pulled Porter off the bouncer. The cop says Porter then grabbed HIM by the wrist — and tried to plead his innocence.
    He told the cop, while still grabbing him, “I’m not touching you.”
    The cop says Porter reeked of booze.
    Eventually, Porter let go and was arrested. The cop says he was in fear that Porter was going to cause him “serious injury.”
    Porter was eventually booked for aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
    Bail was set at $25k.

  • Peezy was always a junk yard dawg! lol

    Let’s hope this gets wrapped up quick. Between this and Ben’s ankle there is two too many distractions this week and Steeler Nation is already crapping themselves over Ben’s ankle.

  • I know the report reads assault, but it is possible the doorman questioned his coaching methods and Porter was just displaying the rip, dip, swim, and bull moves?

  • I know the report reads as “assault” but is it at all possible the doorman was asking to see some pass rushing moves?

  • VaDave

    Why go to a bar in the first Place? Egads, invite some folks over have some wings and pizza delivered… you don’t need to put yourself in these situations. Also, based on the police reports, there apparently was a previous hostile event between Porter and the Doorman, but that still does not justify Porter’s behavior.

  • VaDave

    How about at all ever?

  • Josh

    sooo….”he rode?”

  • Disqussant

    No incontrovertible evidence that Porter touched the bouncer or the officer. (He activated the body camera after the alleged grabbing of wrists). Move on.

  • Lambert58

    Terroristic threats – GTFO

  • wilsonmjw

    1) He was in the wrong. He should know how to hold his booze.
    2) Removing him was correct, but the charges seemed a bit excessive. If you didn’t read this report, you would think he had beat up somebody or pulled a Plax.

    Outcome: Fined by team for conduct unbecoming and gets some alcohol/anger management classes and he’s back next year.

  • walter

    I don’t think he put hands on a cop. That would be resisting with violence and assault on a police officer.

  • walter

    Is aggravated assault a misdomeaner in PA?

  • walter

    Can someone confirm if aggravated assault is a felony in PA? I can’t search on my poor signal

  • Bryan Ischo

    I agree with you.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Always loved Joey Peezy– but this was just dumb.

  • Sounds like they didn’t want to admit him due to him being intoxicated and having a record of prior poor behavior.

  • Work Toward

    Foremost this report is biased. Emphasis: 1) very large muscular build man. 2) Neskov on the floor/ground with hands in his pockets. 3) Why is this man denying Porter entry based upon a non-police complaint filed or court order? 4) In short, the police procedure to intervene, turn on camera, and wait for backup to arrive is suspect. Thanks for posting the police report, but keep in mind for the city and players of Pittsburgh take a responsible role of optimism not that nic/picking this forum providers do for a living….

  • he’s gonna become a HS coach.

    “we’r playing the south side? They tased me on the South Side!! Who Ride??”

  • Applebite

    I’m interested in finding out a couple of things about the doorman, to see if they are factual.
    1) Said doorman is known to be a jerk by the locals, flexing his muscle and authority unnecessarily.

    2) Said doorman is from Baltimore.

    Not a fan of Twitter, but I do find it to be entertaining from time to time. I got this anecdote from a tweet I read…

  • Mrs Bighead

    No wonder the cop was scared, he’s 5’6 145 lol

  • pittfan

    seems pretty fact based to me. JP is big and the cop was small. sounds like joey had threatened the doorman before so he wouldnt let him in. i’d do the same.

    we’ll see as time goes on.

  • walter

    After reading the police report, it doesn’t sound good and my guess aggravated assault is a felony. Any lawyers here? I would imagine they would allow him to plead to a lesser charge or simple assault perhaps or better yet disorderly conduct. I also want to add that the arresting officer observed how it ended but did not see what happened when it started and his camera was off when he arrived. We don’t know who assaulted who first. We don’t know if Porter knew he was police. It also sounds more like Porter was trying to restrain him, not assault him.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    There is no felony here. There’s no way the aggravated assault accusation will stand. Simple battery and public drunkeness. This is pretty straightforward, probably community service, counseling, a public apology, and a donation to a police charity. I don’t expect any charges to be filed.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    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.

  • Work Toward

    Happy New Year …

    Forgive the tone. We just want our Steelers to be great…

    Because it’s a police report does not give it full credence. Neskov is a doorman, not the owner. By denying Joey’s entrance without owner or legal authority creates problems which should be expressed in the report….

  • walter

    I thought charges were already filed? But I agree the felony charge will be dropped but it will cost him.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I meant no charges to be filed by the bouncer. A good lawyer will get the charges as they currently stand changed to lesser ones. I expected the police report to be much worse, but it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been given the circumstances.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think they’d have some ground to stand on if there was a report filed from the previous incident.

  • BBNCCU

    All I can say to Joey is: “Com’on man” we don’t need this!!

  • 20Stoney

    Are you saying you don’t believe the police report, or that you haven’t read it? It clearly states that Porter put his hand on the cop.

  • Matt Manzo

    Anyone think that Tomlin or the Rooneys will come down hard on Peezy? I’d like to see him around for a few more years!

  • 20Stoney

    I am betting there’s security footage. Whether we as fans ever see it is another story.

  • iamone99

    Feral needs to be fired.

  • connfyoozed .

    There are also likely to be multiple witnesses, such as the multiple “black males” the officer referred to, plus the fact that the officer referred to the “crowd” forming around the incident. Incontrovertible evidence? No, unless there is a security camera outside, but evidence nonetheless.

  • connfyoozed .

    Really, really dumb on the part of Porter. Not sure which is more stupid: (allegedly) grabbing the bouncer in front of the cop, or (allegedly) grabbing the wrists of the cop while claiming that he wasn’t touching him. However, the fact that the officer was working alone makes at least some of this incident word against word. Not saying that anyone is lying, just saying that it’s a whole lot more likely that some compromise is reached as far as charges and punishment go.

  • 20Stoney

    Just like with players or pretty much any job, I think it comes down to how much perceived value he has. If they think he’s more trouble than he’s worth he’ll probably not come back. If they think he’s doing a great job, he’ll be back.

  • pittfan

    No worries. I’m sure there will be eyewitness accounts coming out soon. The press loves these stories

  • RickM

    I think they’ll want to hear the story from Joey and the guys with him. I’m pretty sure the details will be quite different, and the team will have to sort out where the truth lies as best they can. The nightclub must have cameras at the front door. They might provide the most accurate description of what happened physically. Either way, I don’t see the team moving on from Joey but this will be the only strike he’s allowed.

  • LucasY59

    I also really like Peezy, but this is a league where the only time you get a second chance is if your talent warrants it, and Joey has been a decent coach who can hype up his players, but has not been one where there has been improved technique/production from the players that he is leading (until they started Blitzing it looked like Porter could be fired because of the lack of pass rush, so this arrest has him on even thinner ice)

    Greene had a lot of success in Green Bay and if he can make Dupree, Chick and a rookie next yr better than I am actually for the change in coaches (It wouldn’t really be a reaction to this incident (though it doesn’t help Porter’s case) more a opportunity to upgrade)

    The biggest problem with bringing in Greene is that he isnt buddies with Coach T like Peezy is, but I could see him getting along well with Coach Buts (even though Butler Coached Joey as a player and doesnt have any connection to Kevin) and Olsavsky (Jerry played with Greene) so I think there is still a good chance it could happen, especially if it becomes a Rooney decision (because of the bad press that the team is getting from this incident, it might not be a decision Tomlin has much say in)

  • Keith Evans

    Maybe the officer should have acted quicker to try and diffuse the situation. Got himself between the pair of them, and discussed the issue like gentlemen. It would be interesting to find out what had led to JP’s previous alleged threat to this same bouncer.

  • LucasY59

    “black males” = most likely other guys with ties to the Steelers, so the team should be able to get good witness information

  • LucasY59

    or at least someone with a cell phone…

  • paltel

    I don’t believe the police report and based on a multitude of examples I’d say we have good reason not to believe police reports. Too many people are willing to blindly believe anyone with a badge. I’m not one of those people.

  • Michael James

    Well, I think it was incredibly stupid by Porter, but at least he didn’t punch someone or get into a serious fight. Rooneys should have a long talk with him, but it’s nothing you should be fired for imho.

  • connfyoozed .

    While I don’t want to assume that to be the case, it’s very possible.

  • Slab

    Maybe the OLB corps?

  • Dan

    Thanks Alex for posting the police report. Does provide great detail. Would be interesting to see if there is body cam footage. Unfortunate to see a 39yo man can be such an immature drunken idiot. Also sad to see Porter had such an ineffective entourage. I have no respect for anyone that continutes to posture and grabs the hands of a uniformed officer. He can be gone today as far as I’m concerned.

  • LucasY59

    as others have pointed out Kevin Greene could be a possible upgrade/replacement, so this might be the only strike necessary to have him out

  • RickM

    That’s possible. But in my opinion, the LB play – inside and outside – has triggered our winning streak. I’m not sure they are looking for an upgrade.

  • LucasY59

    I agree they are playing much better. and Bud and Deebo playing full time is a big part of it, but they also adjusted the scheme and blitz more as well, when it was just winning one on one matchups none of the OLBs were creating pressure so I think that could be a factor as well

  • Zach Bolen

    Was he in the wrong 100% yes but that last part makes you look like and idiot he was grabbed by the officer then grabbed the officers arm that was grabbing him he didn’t see the officer until after it had happen and when he noticed it was a cop he stopped and moved back.

  • RickM

    Agree, but I’m seeing some improvement from Dupree individually, which of course is what we all hoped for. I haven’t re-watched the tape but he just seems more of a force. I imagine Joey’s instruction has helped him.

  • Joey

    With all the tension in the country, surprised he wasn’t shot.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Agreed – due the high profile of the character(s) involved. The arresting officer had to be pretty darned succinct in his report knowing that it would be scrutinized by many from A-Z. There is/was no room for fluff. Just the facts as the arresting officer acknowledges. This will blow over but it certainly was mondo-stupid of Porter to even had put himself in this situation. There’s no room for distractions at this point.

  • “I told him good luck and that he should blow me” Now that’s funny

  • Steven Vincent

    I’ll be surprised if he isn’t fired immediately. Tomlin and the brass will want to send the message that this kind of behavior is way out of line, particularly with the team poised to make a serious playoff run. I would personally be in favor of that. “We ride” without JPeezey.

  • RickM

    I don’t think Joey should be fired, but I also don’t think it’s the officer’s job to try to separate the two guys. If he’s the only officer there and one of the guys is drunk and aggressive, he could easily put himself in danger by moving into the middle of it.

  • LMAO

  • Ray Lewis wouldn’t get off the bus, he was bound to take it out on someone..

  • Steeler808

    Truth hurts too much?

  • pcantidote

    I’m just here to point out that I am stunned that Porter is only one year older than Deebo. Deebo rules.

  • Steeler808

    Maybe MT should give out this flow chart: Would Johnny Maziel do this? “Yes” – Don’t do it. “No”- Go ahead.

  • Super Dave

    I wish some young enterprising journalist would go to the The Flats on Carson facebook page and click on the “reviews” to see if there is a pattern of abuse from bar personnel (Hint: There Is)

  • Ni mo

    Dude shut up he’s not getting fired

  • Ni mo

    Shut up the little ass bouncer started it where was the body cam ? FOH

  • Ni mo

    Ok why are you a bouncer of you can’t defuse anything plus he’s 5″6 145 he couldn’t throw out dan Rooney

  • Ni mo

    They should fire you for that dumb statement read the whole report

  • Ni mo

    If you a bouncer and you file charges on someone for assault then you shouldn’t be a bouncer p, I’m a bouncer my self he should have whipped porters ass and them sent him home in a Uber , and why you have a bouncer 5″6 145 pounds? He couldn’t throw out a cat

  • Ni mo

    That was the bouncer that size

  • pittfan

    cop had to intervene. can you imagine if joey started punching the bouncer out while police stood by watching because they didn’t wanna get hurt?

  • Ni mo

    When you a bouncer you can deny an entry of a patron who is a known trouble maker I been a bouncer for 30 years

  • Ni mo

    Bouncer is soft

  • Ni mo

    They not firing him

  • Ni mo

    Naw

  • Ni mo

    Nope he didn’t do anything wrong

  • Ni mo

    Dropped in court to dis orderly conduct

  • Ni mo

    It will get dropped to a lesser charge plus there was no body cam on his lawyer going to eat that up

  • Jay Clam 2021

    He was just placed “on leave”. Yikes.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I’ve heard that the team has suspended him or something like that. Could be the end of his time with the team. Maybe he has an alcohol problem?.

  • Dan

    You can read the police report on the link above. He grabbed both wrists of a uniformed officer and did not let go. He forcibly restrained a cop during an attempt to protect a citizen. Drunk or not, that’s serious. If the account in the report is accurate, that would get a poor unknown fella serious time. Being who he is, he could well get off with a slap on the wrist, but that far exceeds conduct detrimental.

  • RickM

    A) I don’t work for either this site or the police department so firing me is a little tough And B) I am not going to second guess a lone officer’s decision not to immediately jump between an aggressive bar partron and a bouncer. Wise up a little and learn that the aggressive drunk guy may have had a weapon. The cop pulled him off from behind and only when Porter was against the car and he could see he had no weapon did he confront him face to face. Next time, place a little more value on the officer’s well-being.

  • RickM

    Intervene from behind for sure. Getting between the pair of them right away? I think that puts the officer in danger; he hasn’t frisked Porter for a weapon. If there are any legitimate police officers on the site they can advise if it was handled improperly by the officer. I don’t see that at all. That’s just shifting blame.

  • walter

    I hadnt read it yet because it wasn’t posted yet. Yes now that it’s out, I read it and it doesn’t look good. However Im not sure who the aggravated assault pertains to… the bouncer or the cop? I guess it’s the cop and I guess that’s the reason it’s aggravated. I thought it would be assault on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence. Sorry

  • walter

    Both assault charges are on the cop?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    That’s what I’m assuming

  • 20Stoney

    Yes I realized after reading something you said later in the thread that you hadn’t read it after I asked. I’d heard a reporter read it this morning, but I have the advantage of being local. There is something in the criminal code that I read today about putting a police officer in fear of injury that constitutes aggravated assault. I think that is where that comes in.

  • Mrs Bighead

    It was? I must’ve read it wrong then. Make that dude a bartender then

  • Thomas

    I think he just continues to put himself in bad situations rather than alcohol problems. He got into a lot of off field issues when he went to Miami.

  • Applebite

    First line of the report says they knew exactly who he was. That’s the first thing to note. the 2nd thing is, this door man, apparently many in the area that has been there knows about him and his act. So now we have people that know who this guy is and what he does.

    Reddit is amazing…

    Now, the part where I said Porter claims he didn’t touch the doorman, well it’s proven that he did touch the guy and the cop. but the thing is, while many are so ready to throw him under the bus, we only got one side of the story, we’ve yet to hear anything form Porter. Those charges, lets’ see some scars and bruises. I can see simple assault being firm, for picking the doorman up. But if this guy wasn’t punched in the eye or has internal bleeding, aggravated assault is going to be a tough one to get by a decent judge…

    Lastly, the Steelers are really good about getting rid of bad characters, if Porter was totally in the wrong, they would have gotten rid of him already, and not simply placed him on leave. Because they would have every bit of the info needed to make the best decision by now. So we shall see what happens in the next couple of days.

  • Big White

    No Applebite, your reading that wrong. They are going to give him his due process as a professional and as family. Just cause he may or may not have done something doesn’t mean we don’t still love him and want him to fix this. I could totally see Porter taking a leave of absence until say 2018, then come back in some other capacity, The drinking and fighting has got to stop. He’s only been out of the league like six years and as a player had an awful history of drunk fights. The Cinci incident last year didn’t help either. As a guy who has been there done that its going to take a lot more than a good lawyer. You and I are on the same page as far as not throwing him under the bus, but you sure as heck can’t bring him back during the playoffs and probably not next year. It might save his life from jacking the wrong person one day.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    He certainly seems to have a personality that is troubled off the field. We all remember the Ray Lewis situation on the bus and people like that have a tendency to abuse alcohol.

  • Work Toward

    Correct…if?