Joey Porter, a former NFL player and current assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was arrested outside a bar just hours after the Steelers kicked off their playoff run with a dominating win over the Miami Dolphins.
According to a statement from the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department (that includes police, fire, and EMS services), Porter was handcuffed by police at approximately 9:30 p.m. due to “unruly” behavior outside of a bar called The Flats in Southern Pittsburgh. Initial reports indicate that Porter had an altercation with bar security, and is facing aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct charges for attacking a doorman and the following police intervention.
Porter, 39, was taken to Allegheny County Jail. The only official word from the team is that they “are aware of the incident and still gathering information.”
Porter played for the Steelers from 1999-2006 before stints in Miami and Arizona, retiring in 2011. He helped Pittsburgh win Super Bowl XL in 2005.
Here’s a grainy video of the aftermath from KDKA News.:
Porter sparked controversy last season when he entered the field during an injury time out and exchanged words with Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones. The NFL later made the “Joey Porter Rule” that prohibited assistant coaches from entering the field in that situation. Afterwards, the team reportedly banned him from talking to the media about the incident.