Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter was arrested Sunday night outside a Pittsburgh bar, hours after the team’s 30-12 AFC wild-card win over the Miami Dolphins.
Police said security guards at The Flats on Carson summoned a police officer who was working at a nearby restaurant “due to an unruly customer who was in the process of assaulting the doorman.”
Police said the officer stopped the assault and arrested the customer, who was later identified as Porter, 39, a former star player.
Porter was taken to the Allegheny County Jail. He is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. It is unclear if he has an attorney who can comment on the charges.
The Steelers acknowledged an “incident involving Joey Porter” in a brief statement Sunday.
“We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and we will have no further comment until we get more details,” team spokesman Burt Lauten said.
Porter, who played eight of his 13 NFL seasons in Pittsburgh, is in his second season as the Steelers’ outside linebackers coach.
Porter has had multiple run-ins with the law in the past, including a 2010 arrest for suspicion of drunken driving and an accusation of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Those charges, filed in his hometown of Bakersfield, California, were eventually dropped.
The Steelers will visit the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter scored more charges than the Steelers scored touchdowns yesterday.
Following his arrest last night outside a bar following an altercation with a police officer, the Steelers outside linebackers coach was hit with five charges.
Via Dan Gigler of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Porter was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He was released from Allegheny County Jail early this morning after posting a $25,000 bond. His first court hearing is Jan. 19.
Police said they came to the scene outside a bar after a call from a restaurant: “due to an unruly customer who was in the process of assaulting the doorman.”
Witnesses said Porter was asked to leave the establishment several times and did not.
The Steelers issued the usual “gathering information, no further comment” statement, and haven’t added to it yet. The league will likely begin its own investigation soon as to whether Porter violated the personal conduct policy, which applies to coaches as well as players.