PITTSBURGH — Someone needs to tell this guy the Steelers haven’t won the Super Bowl just yet, so he might want to keep his celebrating in check.
One of the team’s assistant coaches was busted Sunday after the Steelers wild card playoff win over Miami for getting into a drunken fight at a downtown bar, police said.
Pittsburgh police say they were called around 9:30 p.m. by security guards at the bar The Flats on Carson due to an “unruly customer who was in the process of assaulting the doorman.”
When they arrived, they broke up the fight and arrested Joey Porter, the team’s outside linebackers coach and a former Steeler player.
Porter, 39, was charged with assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness and taken to the Allegheny County Jail.
Witnesses told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Porter had been asked to leave the watering hole several times but refused, with the fight eventually spilling out onto the sidewalk. Porter then allegedly got into a jawing match with one of the cops and was handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car before being hauled off to jail.
The team, which beat the Dolphins earlier on Sunday 30-12 to advance to the divisional round against the Kansas City Chiefs, said in a statement that they were trying to figure out what had happened.
“We are aware of an incident tonight involving Joey Porter. We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and we will have no further comment until we get more details,” the team said.
Porter joined the Steelers coaching staff in 2014, following a 13-year NFL career that began when he was drafted by the Steelers in 1999. A three-time Pro Bowler with the Steelers, Porter was a defensive leader on the Super Bowl XL-winning team, and a fan favorite.
In 2010, he was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in Bakersfield, California, and was accused of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, although the charges were later dropped.
In 2003, he got shot outside of a bar in Denver as an innocent bystander, and returned to play a few weeks later.