Mike Tomlin on Joey Porter: Being in NFL is a privilege not a right

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The Steelers placed outside linebackers coach Joey Porter on leave Monday as a result of his arrest on several charges Sunday and coach Mike Tomlin addressed that decision during his Tuesday press conference.

Tomlin said that it was unfortunate to learn of Porter being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct following an altercation with an employee at a restaurant and said the Steelers are treating the incident with the “attention it deserves.” That includes not putting a timeline on Porter’s time away from the team and Tomlin saying that actions have consequences.

“Being in the NFL is a privilege, not a right,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin also said that he doesn’t think the Porter situation will be a distraction for the team as they prepare to play the Chiefs. He called it one of many things the team has to deal with and that it does not “change what’s expected of us or our preparation” for Sunday.

101 responses to “Mike Tomlin on Joey Porter: Being in NFL is a privilege not a right

  1. If he truly believed that, he would have fired Porter, as others have suggested that other teams would have done already.

  2. says the guy who cheated the sport, the game and the players past and
    present, by tripping jacoby jones intentionally

    my goodness are they arrogant

    go chiefs

  3. Joey Porter also has the right to remain silent, however unlikely that may be, and the right to an attorney.

  4. The NFL is a job not something special. It’s not right for regular employers to suspend or fire workers for incidents that happen outside of work. Same for the sports leagues but alas it happens all the time in both the real world and in sports. The lesson to all is don’t get yourself into situations like mr porter did and you have nothing to worry about, it’s up to you.

  5. Didn’t Tomlin hire him? Everyone with an IQ over 35, knew he was/is a complete idiot… He’s proven it his entire life….

  6. Placed on leave is the best and conservative play for now, they’ll have plenty of time to quietly fire him late on a Friday news cycle some time later in the off-season.

    Kevin Greene bandwagon, all aboard!

    Go Steelers!

  7. Firing before the cards are laid out is a good way to get sued. They are playing this correctly. Suspend him on conduct to be investigated, get hard evidence that these allegations are true, and give him the boot.

    What else is the coach supposed to say here?

  8. Not that I want any distractions for this upcoming game because I hope the Steelers squash the Chiefs (just so some of their fans can put a sock in it), but where is Commandant Goodell in all this? Isn’t this the same coach who was fined last year based on his actions in a playoff game, and a new rule instituted base on that? Now, same person allegedly drunkenly assaults someone and the team gets to handle?

    “Attention it deserves?” If this was the quality control coach or the guy who gets Tomlin his coffee, he would have been seeking unemployment already.

  9. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 12:27 PM
    Joey Porter also has the right to remain silent…
    __________________

    …it’s the ability he lacks

  10. vancouversportsbro says:

    Never understood why this guy is in a coaching position in the first place. They should have cut the bait quietly after his on field incident with Pacman Jones.

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    That action helped them win the game, not lose it, why would they punish Porter? Its Pacman Jones who should have been fired after that incident.. and what do you know he was in jail again last week.

    Anyone suggesting that their team would fire a coach immediately after an arrest before any investigation is completed is lying to themselves.

  11. kcrobert10 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 12:31 PM
    The NFL is a job not something special. It’s not right for regular employers to suspend or fire workers for incidents that happen outside of work. Same for the sports leagues but alas it happens all the time in both the real world and in sports. The lesson to all is don’t get yourself into situations like mr porter did and you have nothing to worry about, it’s up to you.

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    True, most of us don’t get fired for drunk driving, getting arrested, or anything but the media also doesn’t report on every little thing we do. We don’t have the potential to be on camera for millions of viewers to see each week either.

  12. LOL. It’s no wonder Porter got right into coaching, since, clearly, he’s too dumb to be good at anything that doesn’t involve a ball going up and down a field. Nothing good happens in public after midnight. Most of us knew this when we were about, oh … 19 years old.

  13. Who cares? Their season ends at Arrowhead this weekend. One playoff win against a hapless Dolphins team with a backup QB was their SB.

  14. kcrobert10 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 12:31 PM
    The NFL is a job not something special. It’s not right for regular employers to suspend or fire workers for incidents that happen outside of work.
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    That’s only true if the incident or incidents have no impact on your ability to do your regular job.
    For instance, if I punch somebody and get arrested and it impacts my ability to report for work…yeah, I can get fired.

  15. I’m starting to think Pats fans are concerned about facing the Steelers. And don’t give me that “Pats own the Steelers” crap because these two rosters have literally never played against each other before.

  16. exinsidetrader says:
    Jan 10, 2017 1:00 PM
    Which coach is more over-rated: Tomlin or Reid?

    They are both good NFL Head Coaches, arguably top five in the NFL right now. After Belichick and Carroll, who rounds out the top five?

    Maybe you think all Head coaches in the NFL stink after Belichick but, if so, they are at least among the most odor free of the stink.

  17. I’m starting to think Pats fans are concerned about facing the Steelers. And don’t give me that “Pats own the Steelers” crap because these two rosters have literally never played against each other before.

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    Wouldn’t say concerned, but a hell of a matchup, should it occur. Everyone knows the regular season meeting was garbage

  18. Too bad he doesn’t coach for the Colts, he could carpool to the probation office with the team owner.

  19. It is a privilege unless you are a drug addict with outstanding prior felony convictions including terrorism threats and your name is Aldon Smith. Right Nation?

  20. This is exactly what Tomlin should have said. He and the Steelers front office have to wait until all of the facts come in before making a final decision on Porter. Trollers can say what they want, but the Steelers have handled this situation about as well as they could have so far. You don’t fire someone solely based on a police report, but you don’t keep him around and not do anything either. You suspend him until you have enough information to make a proper decision.

  21. But if there’s a head coaching vacancy, then a black coach has the right to be interviewed for the position.

  22. 345snarkavenue says:
    Jan 10, 2017 1:12 PM

    Imagine the mayhem if Porter and Talib went barhopping together?
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    Reminds me of Adam Jones and Chris Henry in Morgantown… We all know how that ended up.

  23. It’s a 100% certainty that the pft readership includes a lot of people who also can’t handle their alcohol. Instead of bashing on Joey Porter, those people should be working on a plan so they don’t wind up in the same boat as Joey: unemployed and friendless. Folks, it’s a lot easier on your wallets to stay home, drink a 30-pack, punch a wall, and call it a day, than it is to go to the bar and fight the police. Plus, the police have better things to do.

  24. A couple of years ago, the Broncos had two highly publicized DUIs with their executives and they were fired in 24 hours. Steelers meanwhile keep Porter on the payroll and give him a vacation. How mean!

  25. People here are acting like the Steelers are the only team ever to have pieces of crap on the team that makes ridiculous decisions. Every team has their douche bags. No one even knows the real story here.

  26. Imagine the mayhem if Porter and Talib went barhopping together?

    1 0

    Won’t be even close to a night on the town with Aaron Hernandez…eh Timmy. Be careful it’s easy to fall off that ant hill of high ground you so smugly sit on…..amusing.

  27. Even those who don’t like him have to admit Tomlin has shown more principle than Coach K at Duke.

  28. It is a privilege unless you are a drug addict with outstanding prior felony convictions including terrorism threats and your name is Aldon Smith. Right Nation?

  29. So sick and tired of hearing “Its a privilege” Its a privilege to be a Politician. Its a privilege to be a judge. Its a privilege to be a lawyer.

    Tell me just how many people from that aggregation of corruptness you really trust? But lets beat up on athletes…

    Its pathetic!!!!

  30. Drunk or sober, this guy has a history of altercations with the law. Wasn’t he shot in the butt? Yet the Steelers keep him around like a beloved house dog. Why is that, Tomlin?

  31. mlhigh says:
    Jan 10, 2017 1:25 PM
    A couple of years ago, the Broncos had two highly publicized DUIs with their executives and they were fired in 24 hours. Steelers meanwhile keep Porter on the payroll and give him a vacation. How mean!

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    Might wanna check your facts. This is from an SI article right after the incident:

    Director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely without pay Monday, and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month without pay.

    Both will be provided with confidential treatment and counseling services by the team and will have to comply with those programs before being allowed to return to work, team president Joe Ellis said.

    Unless, in Colorado suspension = firing.

  32. I’m not defending Joey in the least but please stop with the stupid posts about last years incident in Cincy. He was on the field checking on AB. He was walking off the field right behind him when the Cincy guys stepped over and got around him talking trash and then he was pushed. Should he have been on the field, no, which is why they created the rule. Did he do anything else besides step on the field, no. Watch the actual replays.

    He’ll likely get fired if the reports are accurate and he is charged. Until then, or cleared he is suspended. Saying they should fire him now is stupid. He’s being punished and once the legal process runs it’s course they will take care of the rest.

  33. Not a Steelers fan, but I love how everyone here is so ready to hang Porter out to dry. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? The Steelers are probably waiting until the process has gone through the courts, then they will decide what to do. If he’s found guilty, he should be fired.

  34. mlhigh says:
    Jan 10, 2017 1:25 PM
    A couple of years ago, the Broncos had two highly publicized DUIs with their executives and they were fired in 24 hours. Steelers meanwhile keep Porter on the payroll and give him a vacation. How mean!

    ——————————————————————
    Might wanna check your facts. This is from an SI article right after the incident:

    Director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely without pay Monday, and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month without pay.

    Both will be provided with confidential treatment and counseling services by the team and will have to comply with those programs before being allowed to return to work, team president Joe Ellis said.

    Unless, in Colorado suspension = firing.
    ________________________________________

    My bad, you are correct. Heckert was fired later, Russell still with team. I got it wrong. Thanks for setting me straight. I coulda sworn…………..

  35. Every time someone fails a drug test or punishment, I always say the NFL is a privilege, not a right. I say multiple offenders should just be kicked out. People who commit horrible crimes before joining the league should not be let in.

    I end up getting down voted by all the SJWs, millennials, marks, and rubes who want the World handed to them. It’s not all of them, it definitely seems like a majority. Maybe some fans cannot recognize and are just blind supporters. Either way, people need to change and wake up.

    The players wouldn’t give a damn if you did something stupid and lost your job. Don’t blindly support cheaters and criminals. The players are playing a game and get paid millions to do it on a national stage. Some of them don’t even treat the game with respect. If you really care about the sport and the competitive aspects, you should be pushing the NFL for more punishment, not less. Especially in the case of PEDs.

    Everyone who down votes this is just gutless. Someone who only cares about their fantasy team. Someone who doesn’t care if their team wins dirty or clean. Someone who will root for some real terrible humans in the name of sport or blind support. Take a look in the mirror once in awhile and look at what your are blindly rooting for. You can root and support your teams, but don’t do it blindly and don’t pretend you are anything but an ATM to them.

    Tomlin is spot on in his assessment on privilege versus right.

  36. Just another worthless NFL product like:

    Pacman Jones
    Burfict
    Suh
    Beckham
    Cromartie
    Ryan Bros
    Andre Rison
    A Hernandez
    Ray Lewis
    Ray Rice
    Suggs
    R Incognito
    Dez Bryant
    Greg Williams
    Cortland Finnegan
    T Owens
    Sapp
    Sharper
    Romanowski
    Haynesworth
    Tom Brady
    Etc
    Etc

  37. The officer who arrested Joey Porter, Officer Paul Abel:
    -2008. Was accused of pressuring his wife to make false allegations of sexual abuse against the grandparents of her children.
    -2009. Attempted to make off duty arrest of local citizen after altercation at a south side bar. Cop admitted to having four beers and two shots, then followed the other party in his personal vehicle and proceeded to pistol whip the other party with his hand gun. When doing so, gun discharged and shot the man through the hand. Officer Abel was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault.
    -2013. Accused of using excessive force against six year old. Claimed six year old attempted to grab his firearm. Six year old claimed cop choked him.

    Officer Paul Abel is also the 9th highest paid city employee in the city of Pittsburgh.

  38. So actually, it was the police officer that caused Joey to get drunk, paid the eye witnesses to say wrong things and basically set Joey up?? I’ll bet the cop is friends with Goodell. Ya think?

  39. badoglick: Please cite the source for your claims and then maybe you can explain how smearing a police officer is relevant to Joey Porter getting drunk and acting like a criminal

  40. Joey is part of the Steeler family. Sometimes your Uncle gets drunk and acts like a fool but you welcome him back in due time because he’s family. In the meantime, the ninth straight victory is coming on Sunday. Like it or not.

  41. tylawspick6 says:

    says the guy who cheated the sport, the game and the players past and
    present, by tripping jacoby jones intentionally

    my goodness are they arrogant

    go chiefs
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    Says the guy whose team employs a drunk driver who was lucky enough not to kill anyone while DUI “intentionally”.

    And just for the record, Tomlin tripped, nor even contacted, anyone.

  42. Tomlin is right, it is a privilege to play in the NFL. I wish all coaches and GM’s would understand that and get rid of all the bad guys in the NFL.

  43. @tylawpick6

    You’re criticizing Tomlin ?? Your heroes have a freakin drunk with 6 criminal charges hanging over his head playing. You half witted bandwagon jumper .

  44. Mike Tomlin says:
    Jan 10, 2017 1:08 PM

    I’m starting to think Pats fans are concerned about facing the Steelers. And don’t give me that “Pats own the Steelers” crap because these two rosters have literally never played against each other before.

    totally concerned, every time they meet. the last game always means nothing to this one. Steelers have all their weapons. Should be a black & yellow blowout, right?

    Lets hope it’s a clean game, don’t give the refs a chance to mess it up. 2 great teams, someone has to lose.

    oh, btw @pittsburghdamned, you left out big ben, since you’re doing lists and all.

  45. pittsburghdamned says:

    Just another worthless NFL product like:

    Sharper

    Tom Brady
    ==================

    That you would put a criminal like Sharper in the same list as Tom Brady says more about you than it does about any name on your list. Brady one of the GOAT, Sharper a convicted felon….really?

    FWIW, I am a lifer Steelers fan…

  46. kcrobert10 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 12:31 PM
    The NFL is a job not something special. It’s not right for regular employers to suspend or fire workers for incidents that happen outside of work. Same for the sports leagues but alas it happens all the time in both the real world and in sports. The lesson to all is don’t get yourself into situations like mr porter did and you have nothing to worry about, it’s up to you.
    ______

    Wrong. Any profession with a significant public component is one where your actions reflect on your employer. Pro Sports, Police, Fire, Education, you name it. You get arrested for those things and you’ve violated a sort of public trust. It’s much different than being a truck driver or office worker or someone in sales (or any number of other professions).

  47. Why can’t these guys just admit that things like this are a distraction? Tomlin is not quoted saying as much, but the story certainly implies that he said something to that effect.

    This has to be a pretty big distraction.

  48. Tomlin can’t even handle this correctly. After they lose this weekend, more arrests coming, no doubt.

  49. I remember the days when you got in a bar fight and when all was said and done, we all went our separate and bloody ways…..sometimes even having a beer together afterwards

  50. thermalito says:

    badoglick: Please cite the source for your claims and then maybe you can explain how smearing a police officer is relevant to Joey Porter getting drunk and acting like a criminal
    ————
    I cited the sources for these claims, but the post was deleted. Try doing some research on your own. The integrity of the arresting officer is at least questionable…

  51. Steelers are forever classless and are getting a huge butt whipping on Sunday morning.
    _____________________________________
    Chiefs will go down hard at Ahead, Andy carried off the field by his players for moral victory, everybody happy, drive tractors to weekly Hay Dance, drink hooch, Andy’s contract extended. Everybody goes home and watches the Wizard of Oz.

  52. First off all you browns and bengals fans opinions mean nothing , not just about this its universal

    Now all of you are assuming the worst here and noone knows Porters side besides that ,this happened in pittsburg so yeah theres that. Its not like he knocked his gf out in an elevator making the face “got you again ” like what the ravens tried to hide with their franchise running back

    innocent till proven guilty , plus aggravated assualt means he was antagonized so the doorman was probably a browns/bengal/ravens fan and said the wrong thing

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