Tribune-Review – The Kansas City-bound Steelers announced Friday morning they have reinstated assistant coach Joey Porter in time to travel with the team to the AFC matchup, a decision made just hours after Allegheny County’s district attorney said he planned to drop the most serious charges against the former linebacker.
“We have reviewed the available information regarding the incident that took place on Sunday night,” team president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “We have also reviewed the communication from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office indicating the intention of that office to withdraw all but the summary offense charges.”
Porter was arrested and charged Sunday night outside a bar on Pittsburgh’s South Side after he scuffled with bar security and a Pittsburgh police officer, who recorded a portion of the confrontation on his department-issued body-worn camera.
“As an organization, we have great respect for the job the City of Pittsburgh Police perform for our community,” Rooney said.
District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Thursday afternoon he had reviewed the body camera and other security footage and planned to withdraw charges of aggravated assault, a felony, simple assault, resisting arrest and defiant trespass. Porter still is charged with summary citations for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
Porter addressed the incident in a statement released after his reinstatement.
“I am grateful to be allowed to return to our coaching staff this weekend. I regret that I was involved in an incident that could have been a distraction to our team,” Porter said. “Most importantly, I regret that I touched the police officer and I sincerely apologize for that action. Thankfully, no one was injured.”
Wow. Big fucking surprise here – Joey Porter’s going to be back on the sidelines this Sunday at KC. Anybody with half a brain saw this coming. For those of you that don’t know, Pittsburgh’s the type of place where there is literally nothing better to do in the winter time than be miserable Monday through Saturday. Then, all of a sudden, the Stillers play on Sunday (hopefully) and every yinzer and their mother gets all jacked up to wear their beloved black and gold while they waive their terrible towels and shove kielbasa sandwiches down their throats. This district attorney is no different from any other yinzer. He’s going to be doing the same thing on Sunday. Only he has a smidgen of control over this game, and he definitely doesn’t want to start being miserable for the remainder of winter. He wants his Stillers to go out there on Sunday with their full potential – meaning he wants Joey Porter on the sidelines hyping up the linebackers to destroy Alex Smith like Bud Dupree did to Matt Moore last Sunday.
Yes, Joey Porter told a bouncer he was going to kill him. And yes, Joey Porter grabbed a cop that was like 5’4″, 145 lbs (what a joke) and put the fear of god in him. And yes, Joey Porter is a gigantic asshole that does this on the regular. But there’s no way in hell a yinzer with potential control of Porter’s future with the team was going to charge him with anything remotely serious.