Steelers’ Joey Porter To Plead Guilty To Disorderly Conduct (Update)

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter was given a citation for disorderly conduct in January resulting from an incident at a South Side bar following the teams Wild Card win over the Miami Dolphins. According to Porter’s attorney, Robert Del Greco, Porter is planning on pleading guilty.

According to the Associated Press, Porter is going to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct citation Tuesday afternoon. The citation reportedly carries up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Several weeks ago Porter had his original charges reduced from aggravated assault by the Allegheny County District Attorney and that followed the Steelers placing him on an indefinite leave, which turned out to be just a few days.

The initial police report of the incident indicated that Porter had a physical altercation with a bouncer who wouldn’t let him in a bar and then he allegedly grabbed a police officer’s wrists. It was later determined that all the charges didn’t fit and the police dropped everything except for the citations for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

According to the police report filed after the incident, the bouncer stopped Porter and denied him access because he had threatened to kill him the last time he was there.

The complaint then alleges that:

“Porter lunged at [bouncer Jon] Neskow and grasped Neskow by his arms and lift[ed] him up off the ground. Porter let go of Neskow dropping him back down to the ground. Porter came to rest against a car parked directly in front of the establishment.”

The police officer, Paul Abel, then claimed that:

“Porter informed me that he was not touching me, as he was still holding my wrists…I believed that [Mr. Porter] was going to cause me serious injury.”

UPDATE: According to the AP, Porter has been fined $300 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. He was not sentenced to any jail time.

  • NW86

    I wonder if this is the reason the Steelers have been waiting with Porter. I expected them to release him at the end of the season, but it’s possible that once he has pled guilty, they can get out of whatever money they still owed him on his contract. We will know in the next couple days, as any coaching changes should really be made before the combine.

  • Eric C. Brown

    Facebook reviews of the establishment months prior to Porter’s incident were full of negative comments about the behavior of their door staff. From reading the reviews it seems they hire some antagonistic bouncers. Not sure what transpired on this night but, it’s something to consider. Also, the police officer whose wrists were grabbed by Peezy was (according to the police report I read) off-duty and plain-clothed. And, standing at 5’4″ and weighing in at roughly the weight of a pre-teen girl, yeah, I’m sure he did fear for his life. All things considered, I thought Peezy showed quite a bit of restraint (especially when the off-duty cop got in Peezy’s face and was yelling at him — again, according to the police report). Probably black and gold glasses on (well, DEFINITELY black and gold glasses on) but it seems like things could have been much worse. Disorderly Conduct is a jaywalking ticket.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    they arent going to release him. they would have no outside linebackers coach.

  • T3xassteelers

    Nah, we all knew he’d plead guilty

  • LucasY59

    from the report I saw Peezey had a previous incident with the door guy (thats why he wasnt being let in) I think it could be trouble from both sides (my glasses are still tinted, but dont think of Joey as a angel either)

  • NCSteel

    This incident stinks but not as bad as the OLB development under Joey.

  • Robert E Lil

    I love JP
    I celebrated when he goaded Cincy into personal fouls

    But this is a problem. He’s a problem. And it’s part of a bigger Steeler problem

  • Bob Loblaw

    Fire Joey as a coach, sign him as that guy who splits snaps with Harrison (Joey is older by like 6 months or so), work on a screenplay to sell to Disney in the mean time. I could think of worse realities.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Eric at 5’4″ a 7th grader would present a threat to him lol. I’m wearing my Black and Gold glasses also when I say it’s shame that Porter is perceived as a threat because of the size difference. I also agree it could have been alot worse if what’s being reported is true.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Porter pleads guilty, does his community service and moves on.
    Just don’t do anything like that again. Dan Rooney may have to let you go. LOL

  • RickM

    If he wasn’t a buddy of the coach, he’d be long gone.

  • LabRat0116

    Holy crap. $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

    I got a Disorderly Conduct charge on me about (15) years ago and only paid a fine of $150. That’s here in Oh-Tuckey.

  • MC

    Should of got Kevin Greene when we had the chance

  • Matt Manzo

    The video posted earlier sure didn’t look like he picked the bouncer up. Anyone see a better angle of it?