NFL Steelers assistant accused of assaultJan 9, 2017 - 8:28 PM Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was charged early on Monday with assaulting a doorman at a bar and a police officer who intervened hours after the team's wild card win over the Miami Dolphins.
The altercation happened following the Steelers' 30-12 home victory over the Dolphins in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.
According to a criminal complaint, officer Paul Abel was working security at another nearby bar when he was told by an off-duty officer that the doorman at The Flats on Carson Street was being threatened by a Steeler.
Abel said he arrived to find the doorman refusing to let Porter - who appeared to be intoxicated - into the club.
The Steelers said in a statement that they were aware of the incident and were gathering additional information.
Porter, the Steelers' outside linebackers coach, spent 13 seasons as a linebacker with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona.
He went to the Pro Bowl four times, three with the Steelers, while playing there from 1999 to 2006, and once with Miami. He also starred on the Steelers' 2006 Super Bowl team.
The Steelers face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs.
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