ESPN – “Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter is returning to the team a day after his assault charges from an alleged altercation at a Pittsburgh bar Sunday night were dropped. Porter, the Steelers’ outside linebackers coach, spent four days on team-administered leave but will be part of the coaching staff for the divisional playoff game Sunday at Kansas City, the team announced.”
Joey Porter got arrested last week in Pittsburgh after the Steelers won at a downtown bar for allegedly assaulting a bouncer. The charges did ultimately get dropped so he’ll be back on the sidelines this weekend for the Steelers. Every time I hear about a guy assaulting a bouncer my ears perk up. I used to be a bouncer for a few years back in the day and let me tell you, I can probably count on one hand the number of fights door guys started. It’s not because they don’t want to, trust me they want to bash all of your brains in. Its just that its too long of a night with too many drunk assholes mouthing off. If you took it personal and started a fight with everyone you’d be in Road House on a nightly basis.
So yea, innocent until proven guilty, except for the fact that Joey Porter is the definition of a mouthy asshole. In case anyone forgets, he’s the one who, as a coach, walked onto the field last year to start shit with Vontaze Burfict. This is also the same guy who was accused of assaulting a cop in 2010. In both cases the charges were dropped, but is that more of a case of wrongful arrest or more of a case of a rich athlete getting let off light? If a guy talks shit for more than a decade as a player and has multiple arrests for assault, well then I’ll side with the bar employee on this one.
Either way, solid coaching staff up there Tomlin, keep it up.