CBS Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter has been fined $300 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month.
Porter entered the plea Tuesday in City Court in Pittsburgh, ending a case in which he originally faced a serious felony charge of aggravated assault for allegedly grabbing the officer’s wrists outside a bar after a bouncer denied him entrance Jan. 8.
Four days later, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said he’d reviewed surveillance video of the incident and announced plans to drop all but two citations against Porter — for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness — setting off a public relations tug of war involving Porter, police and the city’s Citizen Police Review Board.
The public drunkenness citation was dropped Tuesday before Porter pleaded guilty to the only remaining charge.
“Joey Porter was initially charged with numerous felony and misdemeanor charges,” defense attorney Robert Del Greco said after the brief hearing in City Court. “Today all of those misdemeanors and felonies were dismissed.”
Porter walked briskly from the court building without commenting.
The officer involved in the dispute, Paul Abel, was at the hearing and entered a formal objection to the plea. He refused to comment afterward.
“Apparently, Officer Abel has a disagreement with them in that regard, and so voiced it at the dispositional hearing today,” said Del Greco.
Alright so this is pretty much par for the course if you’re a current or former Steeler roaming around the city of Pittsburgh. When yinzers treat you like you’re the second coming of Christ, you’re going to be able to get away with a lot of stuff most people can’t. Yinzers will literally disregard all of your bad morals and poor judgment as long as you can help the Steelers win football games. It’s a sad truth, but that’s the reality here. Sports are what keep people alive in Pittsburgh whenever the sun doesn’t shine from November through March.
So what if Joey Porter basically told a bouncer he was going to kill him and continued acting like a complete asshole by grabbing a very small police officer’s wrists like a child when he tried to intervene. He’s Joey Porter! Remember when he helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XL? Such a good guy! And oh yeah, he’s now their linebackers coach. What a generous fellow to give back like that. Joey would never do such a thing!
That’s basically the thought process of everyone in Pittsburgh right now minus the bouncer and the police officer. I’m a little surprised the judge even charged Porter with disorderly conduct, to be perfectly honest. Seems like an old fashioned PR move if you ask me. Perhaps now’s a good time to start a GoFundMe page for Porter.