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Steelers' Porter arrested on South Side after win over Dolphins

| Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter and coach Mike Tomlin leave the field after defeating the Dolphins on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter and coach Mike Tomlin leave the field after defeating the Dolphins on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh police said Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was arrested on the city's South Side on Sunday night following the team's win over the Miami Dolphins.

“We are aware of an incident tonight involving Joey Porter,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. “We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and we will have no further comment until we get more details.”

Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said security guards at a South Side bar summoned police about 9:30 p.m. for an unruly customer, who turned out to be Porter. She confirmed the coach was arrested.

According to a statement released by Pittsburgh Police late Sunday night, security guards at The Flats on Carson summoned a Pittsburgh Police officer, who was working at a nearby restaurant, because of an unruly customer who was in the process of assaulting the doorman.

The customer turned out to be Porter.

Porter was taken to Allegheny County Jail, the statement said. His charges include aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Porter also was arrested in December 2014 in Bakersfield, Calif., on a felony warrant from Clark County, Nev., for writing a check for nonsufficient funds.

In 2010, in his hometown of Bakersfield, Porter was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and accused of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Charges later were dropped.

In 2007, while playing for the Dolphins, Porter was issued a summons on a misdemeanor battery charge after an altercation at a Las Vegas casino.

In September 2006, Porter was cited when two of his dogs got loose from his Pine home and killed a miniature horse at a neighbor's farm.

Porter recorded 98 sacks in his 13-season career at linebacker. He played for the Steelers for eight years and twice in that span had double-digit sacks. He was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Steelers and was named to one All-Pro team.

He retired after playing for the Arizona Cardinals from 2010-11 and rejoined the Steelers as a defensive assistant coach in 2014.

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