Steelers Assistant Coach, Former LB Joey Porter Arrested After Altercation With Police

Bryan Brandom
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The Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the Miami Dolphins to advance to the second stage of the playoffs, but the weekend of Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter quickly went downhill from there.

Hours after the victory, Porter, a former First-Team All-Pro linebacker, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness after he allegedly had an altercation with a doorman and security guards, then police, outside the Flats on Carson, a bar in South Side Pittsburgh.

“Last time you were here, you threatened to kill me," doorman Jon Neskow told Porter, according to a criminal complaint. "You need to leave.”

According to a police account of the arrest, Porter lunged at the doorman, grabbed him by the arms, then lifted him off the ground. When police and other patrons intervened, he pulled a similar move on an officer, who was off duty.

“I placed my hands on Porter’s chest to prevent him from advancing back towards Neskow,” the officer wrote. “Porter grabbed both of my wrists, pushing them back towards me. Porter’s grasp was so strong and he was holding my wrists so tightly that I could not pull them away from him, no matter how hard I tried. Porter was extremely agitated and after my observations of him grabbing Neskow and now grabbing me, I believed that he was going to cause me serious injury.”

He was released on Monday morning when he posted $25,000 bail.

"We are aware of an incident tonight involving Joey Porter,” the Steelers said in a statement. “We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and we will have no further comment until we get more details."

Several Steelers players have voiced support for Porter.

“Coach Porter, he’s real important to this team,” said linebacker Tyler Matakevich. “When he’s out there he communicates with you and he’s a key part of the defense … we’ve just got to stay focused.”

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