Pittsburgh Steelers place OLB coach Joey Porter on leave following arrest
Following a 30-12 victory in an AFC wild-card game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ celebration quickly went awry.
Late on Sunday night, outside linebackers coach Joey Porter was arrested at a Pittsburgh bar and charged with five crimes ranging from disorderly conduct to aggravated assault before being released on $25,000 bond Monday morning.
On Monday afternoon, the police report provided graphic details of Porter’s exploits leading up to his arrest, forcing the Steelers to make the decision to put Porter on leave indefinitely. The Steelers released a statement from general manager Kevin Colbert explaining the franchise’s decision, per the team’s public relations director Burt Lauten.
Colbert also maintained that the team was still gathering information on the incident involving Porter and that they’d remain in contact with the NFL, per the rules of the league’s personal conduct policy. They’re now moving forward as they prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs without Porter involved.