Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Steelers Assistant Coach Joey Porter has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a bouncer and an officer on Sunday following his team's win against the Miami Dolphins. The independent Citizen Police Review Board stepped in to investigate the incident after "negative chatter" began brewing on social media. Chief Scott Schubert has stood by the officer's actions, calling the arrest warranted.
After Sunday night's playoff victory against the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers Assistant Coach Joey Porter went to The Flats on Carson around 9:30 PM. According to a statement made by the department to WTAE-TV, Porter became unruly and was assaulting the doorman who was refusing the coach entry to the bar. Security then summoned a Pittsburgh Police Officer who was working at a nearby restaurant.
Officer Paul Abel responded to the scene and, according to ESPN, was assaulted by Porter after the officer attempted to intervene between the coach and the doorman. Porter allegedly grabbed the officer's wrist as he worked to break up the altercation.
Joey Porter has a long history of being a "hothead" and was most recently fined in January of 2016, after arguing with the Bengals quarterback, Adam Jones.
Due to the chatter about the arrest, the Citizen Police Review Board has stepped in to investigate but not at Porter's request. According to the review board Executive Director, Elizabeth Pittinger, it was the "high visibility" and "negative chatter" on social media surrounding the arrest that prompted the investigation. "If we understand what happened, and there was no misconduct, we have a responsibility to assure the public of that," Pittinger said.
Chief Schubert stood by the officer, following the arrest of assistant coach Joey Porter. "I have concluded the officer's account of the incident is accurate and our officer conducted himself in the professional manner that is to be expected," Schubert said. He went on to say that he has reviewed unspecified videos of the incident Sunday, including video captured on Abel's body camera.
Porter was arrested and taken to the Allegheny County Jail. His charges include aggravated assault, simple assault, public drunkenness and terroristic threats. The 39-year-old assistant coach was arraigned on January 9th and released on $25,000 bond. He has since been suspended by the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Pending further review, Joey Porter has been placed on leave. At this time, we will move forward with our preparations for the Divisional Round playoff game at Kansas City," said Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert.
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