Steelers Assistant Coach Joey Porter Arrested In Alleged Bar Assault

Porter had apparently gotten drunk after the Steelers won a playoff game that night.

By Jaime Lutz

Joey Porter—the assistant coach of the Steelers and a former linebacker—allegedly attacked a bouncer at a Pittsburgh bar last night after the Steelers won a playoff game against the Dolphins, police said.

The bar called police at 9:30 p.m. to report that an “unruly customer” was assaulting the doorman. CBS Pittsburgh reported that the altercation apparently happened after the bouncer wouldn't let Porter into the bar because of his past behavior. When Porter was refused entry to the bar, he lunged at the bouncer and lifted him off the ground, CBS reported. When a police officer pulled Porter away from the doorman, he allegedly grabbed the officer's wrists tightly, then walked away, refusing to be handcuffed.

When he finally was stopped by police and cuffed, Porter claimed he had never touched the officer. Porter is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness. 

A spokesman from the team said that the Steelers are aware of the assault. “We are aware of an incident tonight involving Joey Porter,” said Pittsburgh Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten. “We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and we will have no further comment until we get more details.” [Photo: Getty Images]

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