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Joey Porter released from jail after paying debt to Vegas casino

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Former NFL linebacker Joey Porter was released from jail Monday after squaring a five-figure debt owed to the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.

Porter was arrested on Friday after being stopped for a traffic violation in Bakersfield, Calif. He was later detained when the officers saw he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest due to a theft and bad check complaint filed earlier this year. According to the Associated Press, Porter was released pending dismissal of the charge after paying the $70,000 he owed to the Hard Rock Casino.

Per the report, Porter had received several IOU markers from the casino in June.

Porter retired from the NFL after 13 years in the league. Porter most recently played for the Arizona Cardinals after spending time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins.

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32 Responses to “Joey Porter released from jail after paying debt to Vegas casino”
  1. dj121191 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:43 AM

    Joey Porters financial advisor wants an explanation

  2. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 25, 2012 12:44 AM

    Good to see that he’s become a responsible adult in his post career life.
    I’m sure the money he’s made during his playing days will last well into retirement.

  3. jasons81 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:52 AM

    Called it

  4. randallflagg52 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:04 AM

    Once a steeler, always a steeler…

    Everyone forgets this guy was the original James Harrison.

  5. bradwins says: Dec 25, 2012 1:09 AM

    That’s disappointing. If ever there was a person who I would have been delighted to see spend Christmas in jail, it would be this ignoramus.

  6. lilrob10201 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:28 AM

    He will be back.

  7. 303bengalguy says: Dec 25, 2012 1:31 AM

    I’ve sat in the actual booth of the restaurant in metro Denver where he was shot many moons ago… no joke.

    C’mon Porter! Stop askin for markers. If you can’t pony up at that moment, you don’t need a marker. Gamblin’ 101 right there… go sleep it off and wake up NOT owing 70k. You’ll feel all the more wiser, I promise.

  8. bmoreballbuster says: Dec 25, 2012 1:31 AM

    Hey Joey…Betting out on the Steelers was DUMB!
    PS-BigBen should cough-up at least 35K!

  9. jody46 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:35 AM

    He was a dirty player. That is all you can say. I hate dirty players I don’t care who he played for. He often hit people after the whistle and they were illegal hits even. never liked him

  10. huskersrock1 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:04 AM

    Wow! Joey Porter should stay out of Casinos! First the Levi Jones thing and now this. If you can’t handle it Joey it is best not to partake.

  11. dachozen1 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:12 AM

    Joe Peezy one of my favorite Steelers ever. We all make mistakes and I am sure you will move on to do positive things. You are missed in Steeler Nation, we still havent fount anyone who plays with that same fire.

  12. mazblast says: Dec 25, 2012 4:25 AM

    He signed the markers in June, then wrote either bad checks or checks on a closed account to pay them.

    Bad form, Joey. Very bad form. Just try to get credit at the HRC again, and even other casinos. Stiffing a Vegas casino for a marker is about as serious a crime as there is in that town.

  13. coolbreeze24 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:52 AM

    He’s still around??

  14. mdbengal says: Dec 25, 2012 5:53 AM

    That’s better than money sir. Those are IOU’s. You see that one there? 275,000 grand? You might want to hold on to that one.

    Not a shock to see this happen though.

  15. packmaneffsanfran says: Dec 25, 2012 6:28 AM

    I literally just saw him at Mobil a week ago on the Eastside of Bakersfield…poor guy, the NFL needs to create classes to teach these guys how to properly handle their finances and savings. C’mon man…

  16. glebbak says: Dec 25, 2012 7:26 AM

    Who didnt see this coming?
    Times are tough lol.
    My suggestion? dont give casinos your money. But what do I know..

  17. jcioffi1485 says: Dec 25, 2012 7:28 AM

    gambling and “squaring” a $70,000 debt sounds more like someone came to hos rescue. Nobody willfully writes a bad check of that size.

  18. packerbackernj says: Dec 25, 2012 7:39 AM

    This bum will be broke in leas then 5 years.

  19. j0esixpack says: Dec 25, 2012 7:46 AM

    Knowing Porter he probably tried to bribe his way out of jail time… by writing a check.

  20. BigBeachBall says: Dec 25, 2012 7:57 AM

    5 figure…hah
    My car is worth 5 figures

  21. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 25, 2012 8:18 AM

    Wasn’t hard to call. This is the guy that takes his shirt off at the Rio! You’re no Barkley, Joey.

  22. whiteshoesjohnson says: Dec 25, 2012 9:30 AM

    This article almost makes it sound as if Nevada (State Motto: “Fleece The Tourists”) has a debtor’s prison. One reason I give the nasty little town of Las Vegas a wide berth

  23. 6stn says: Dec 25, 2012 9:34 AM

    They don’t collect debts in Vegas like they used to. He probably still has his kneecaps.

  24. rayguyreturns says: Dec 25, 2012 10:14 AM

    This is an absolutely shocking story.

  25. ripster65 says: Dec 25, 2012 10:49 AM

    Why do we hear about this? Just to hurt a guy who’s down? He’s washed-up, done as an NFL player, been retired for some time. What’s the purpose of this story?

  26. superputman says: Dec 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    From almost the entire time between 1999 and 2010 I’ve worked in the casino industry.. from a lowly craps dealer to a pit manager.. until I finally had enough of it. I felt like a bartender serving alcoholics drinks. They’re poison and it’s for reasons like what happened with Porter. He may be a moron, but even the smartest, most grounded people are susceptible to becoming hooked on the risk/reward service they provide.

  27. voyager6 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:16 AM

    What’s up with Bakersfield and Porter? Cops seem to have a thing to stop him. Might be better to not tempt fate and avoid the area.

  28. punish22 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:29 AM

    He was an overrated big mouth no producing BUM!

    Shoe-la knows all!

  29. davidschap says: Dec 25, 2012 12:19 PM

    What a loser.

  30. ambitoos says: Dec 25, 2012 12:20 PM

    Can’t wast money like that after you retire. Your not bigtime anymore.

  31. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 25, 2012 2:01 PM

    I got a feeling this guy hasn’t seen his last jail cell.

  32. domehead says: Dec 25, 2012 3:45 PM

    Is it just me or does anyone else think we’ll be hearing from Joey again?

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