Details have begun to emerge regarding Pittsburgh Steelers' linebackers' coach Joey Porter's arrest, and it paints a picture of a man completely drunk and acting out.
According to Officer Paul Abel's police report, Porter lifted doorman Jon Newkow off the ground, refused orders from police and grabbed a police officer on Pittsburgh's South Side on Sunday night.
Porter was arrested around 9:30 p.m. and was released on $25,000 bail at about 4:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Abel, serving as an undercover cop at The Flats bar, reported that he heard Neskow say to Porter, “Last time you were here, you threatened to kill me. You need to leave. You are not getting in" when Porter entered the establishment.
Porter lunged at Neskow, according to Abel, grabbed him by the arms and lifted him off the ground. Abel and a group of men that were at the bar with Porter pulled the Steelers' linebackers coach off of Neskow.
“I placed my hands on Porter's chest to prevent him from advancing back toward Neskow. Porter grabbed both of my wrists, pushing them back toward me," Able wrote. "Porter's grasp was so strong and he was holding my wrists so tightly that I could not pull them away from him, no matter how hard I tried.”
Officer Abel is a much smaller man than Porter, measuring 5'6 and weighing 145 pounds. He also notes that there was a strong odour of alcohol emanating from Porter's mouth.
According to the criminal complaint field against him, Porter eventually released Abel's wrists and began walking in the middle of East Carson Street. He ignored commands from police officers and instead shouted, “No, you are going too far now,” and “I didn't do anything.”
As he was handcuffed by Abel, Porter reportedly yelled, “You're lying, I never touched you." The complaint added that Porter was arrested without an incident.
Porter has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
The Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten released a statement regarding the arrest and it is unclear how this arrest will influence Porter's standing with the team moving forward.
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