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The Bobster
01-09-2017, 06:23 AM

NFL Assistant Coach Faces Charges After Post-Game Arrest at Pittsburgh Bar
Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter arrested after playoff win
By Joe Mandak
Published 3 hours ago | Updated 31 minutes ago

Joey Porter

Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was charged early Monday with assaulting a doorman at a Pittsburgh bar and a police officer who intervened, hours after the team's wild card win over the Miami Dolphins.

The incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, following the Steelers' 30-12 victory over the Dolphins in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.

According to a criminal complaint, officer Paul Abel was working security at another nearby bar when he was told by an off-duty officer that the doorman at The Flats on Carson Street was being threatened by a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Abel said he arrived to find the doorman refusing to let Porter who appeared to be intoxicated into the club.

Abel, who filed the complaint, said Porter ignored him when he asked what was going on and grabbed the doorman by the arms and lifted him off the ground. The doorman wasn't aggressive with Porter and had his hands in his pockets, according to the complaint.

Abel said he pulled Porter away from the doorman, according to the complaint. That's when Porter grabbed the officer's wrists "so tightly that I could not pull them away from him, no matter how hard I tried," the officers said in the complaint.

Porter backed away, but then refused to put his hands behind his back.

Porter eventually allowed himself to be handcuffed but yelled, "You're lying, I never touched you :rolleyes:," as Abel arrested him, the complaint said.

Porter was charged with aggravated assault for his alleged contact with the officer, simple assault on the doorman, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, defiant trespass and public drunkenness. Physical contact with a police officer is automatically charged as aggravated assault in Pennsylvania, even if in this case the nature of the alleged conduct would constitute simple assault against a regular citizen.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Porter, who posted $25,000 bond and faces a preliminary hearing on Jan. 19 in Pittsburgh City Court.

The Steelers said in a statement that they were aware of the incident and were gathering additional information.

Porter, the Steelers' outside linebackers coach, spent 13 seasons as a linebacker with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona.

The Steelers face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The Bobster
01-25-2017, 05:08 PM

Video Supports Officer's Version in Steelers' Assistant Coach Arrest: Citizens Board
Published at 1:42 PM EST on Jan 25, 2017 | Updated at 1:57 PM EST on Jan 25, 2017

The director of the Pittsburgh Police Citizens Review Board says video of the arrest of Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter supports an officer's version of the events, including that Porter grabbed the officer's wrists, rendering him defenseless.

Porter's attorney is declining comment on executive director Elizabeth Pittinger's comments.

The Allegheny County district attorney had previously said the video didn't support the most serious criminal charges against Porter including aggravated assault for allegedly grabbing Officer Paul Abel's wrists. A spokesman says the prosecutor is sticking by that assessment.

Porter faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 21 on remaining citations for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Porter allegedly scuffled with a bouncer who denied him admission to a bar, and then Abel, hours after the Steeler's Jan. 8 playoff win over Miami.