Joey Porter apologizes for putting hands on officer, “distraction”

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Now that the most serious charges against Joey Porter have been dropped and he’s been reinstated by the team, the Steelers outside linebackers coach has also apologized.

“I am grateful to be allowed to return to our coaching staff this weekend,” Porter said in a statement released by the team. “I regret that I was involved in an incident that could have been a distraction to our team.

“Most importantly, I regret that I touched the police officer and I sincerely apologize for that action. Thankfully, no one was injured.”

Of course, the “distraction” was of his own making, and the fact coaches preach to players to avoid them underscores his mistake. Porter’s been prone to outbursts since his playing days and this isn’t the first time they’ve had to deal with him as a coach. But at some point he’s going to have to control his temper if he’s going to be employed as a leader.

54 responses to “Joey Porter apologizes for putting hands on officer, “distraction”

  1. tomlin and rooney – why is this trash still employed by the pittsburgh orgranization? better yet, why was he hired in the first place.

  2. I think we have a little “home cooking” related to how the police and the DA is handling Mr. Porter (looks like the cop is “taking one for the team”).

    But guess what…..it isn’t over. Watchdog groups are going to hound the police and DA until they are forced to release the video evidence they claim justifies letting this jerk off lightly. Its not going to be pretty for him or the steelers when they do.

    They may get through the playoffs without this blowing up but it IS going to blow up.

  3. Now I kind of want the Steelers to win, just so they have to go to NE (assuming the Pats beat Houston). Boston/NE sports fans have a lot of negative characteristics, but they might be the best in the game at making cutting verbal remarks. I could see them inciting Peezy into a sideline incident next weekend with their taunting.

  4. Joke of a decision by the supposed class act called the Pittsburgh Steelers. I will be pulling for the Chiefs to knock them out of the playoffs this weekend.

  5. I’m as big a Steelers’ fan as there is, but Joey needs to go. I get it, that at this point in the season, they are not going to fire him, and create more turmoil. But, in the off-season they need to part ways. He’s like a lot of other athletes/ex-athletes, they have the world but the you know whats, and they are too dumb to realize it.

  6. Controlling his temper to continue being employed as a leader, how about controlling his temper just to be a grown man. He has the temperament of a child, and behaves like a child. If this was the first time then we could say that we all make mistakes, and he deserves another chance. At this point, accepting him back without counseling or something else that holds him accountable for his actions is just simply empowering his childish behavior. Not hating on you Steelers fans, just trying to be real. Go Packers.

  7. Yea, this sucks. I’m a hardcore liberal progressive….but I know if I touched a cop I wouldn’t be apologizing to my family as a free man. I’d be in jail.

    And this guy has always been like this. Jerk

  8. I hope the Steelers handled this well “in house” because from the outside, it looks like neither the Steelers or the league took much of a stand.

  9. Man if this was me puttin my hands on a cop they’d throw the book at me must be nice to be rich and above the law

  10. I feel certain that ‘apology’ didn’t come from Joey Porter himself, as I don’t believe he’s intelligent enough to put that many coherent sentences together…

  11. Looks like he’s in, it’s nice to be friends with your boss so when you get in trouble you get that second chance….still love Pac Man’s taped response to Joey being on the field in last yr playoff game lol….classic.

  12. Did he actually speak these words to anyone or did he just go the whole “I am Joey Porter and I approve this message” route?

  13. Did anyone bother to read the police report and
    other news reports surrounding the incident? or are
    you all just going on your trusty, gut reaction.

  14. It must be a relief for Joey Porter and the Steelers to finally be able to move on from an issue that “could” have been a distraction for the team. Those hypothetical distractions are the worst!

  15. Big Ben using deflated footballs….Joey doing his thing on sidelines and in bars……

    If this was the patriots……all he@ll would break out……

    I think instead of apologizing to the team and the fans how about a public… on TV… apology to the man doing his job that night… THE COP!

  16. Bad guy who ran into a not so good cop. Makes one wonder why the Steeler organization hired him. That locker has to be interesting with
    Porter and Harrison in it. Big Ben is not a true leader so I’m sure that are effectively the lead in the locker room.
    All the signs were there for the organization not to hire him.
    Multiple incidents both on and off the field. I still am shocked that Porter did not get a flag last year in Cincy. Broke with no real
    way to make money other than football. Maybe he will turn around and the Steelers organization can be a part of it, however, there doesn’t seem to be much progress or change.

  17. Look I am a die hard Steeler fan, but I am disappointed in Rooney and Tomlin. As many problems as Porter as caused and as much trouble as he has been in and still causing distractions, and they don’t even suspend him for one game. Talk about a repeat offender!
    Brown and Lewis keep defending guys like Pacman. Now the Steelers are defending a problem coach! No doubt his serious charges were dropped because of who he is in Pittsburgh.

  18. “@pastabelly says – “Punk!”

    It would be worth an extremely high admission price to see you say this to Porter’s face, and to see your face afterwards.”

    Which would just emphasize that Porter can’t control his temper if he has such thin skin he responded with violence to someone calling him a punk.

    All you did with your post was confirm that you believe he’s a violent person.

  19. Even money says Porter had zero input and didn’t write a single word of that “apology”. Why do you reporters not call out players/teams/ agents when a statement is released in THE NAME OF the player instead of the player themselves? Let them stand in front of the camera and apologize without reading some script a PR agent or lawyer wrote?

  20. Moudabo says:
    Jan 13, 2017 10:24 AM
    Did anyone bother to read the police report and
    other news reports surrounding the incident? or are
    you all just going on your trusty, gut reaction.

    13 8
    ——
    Oh my, no! God forbid any of these haters be confused with facts.

  21. After watching any Steelers game, it is clear that this team doesn’t impose any level of sportsmanship with their players so this isn’t shocking. I don’t know how many fights these guys started last week so it’s no surprise one of their coaches is out putting his hands on others. The Steelers really are the arm pit of the NFL.

  22. patsfan says:
    Jan 13, 2017 9:56 AM

    I hope the Steelers handled this well “in house” because from the outside, it looks like neither the Steelers or the league took much of a stand.
    ————————————————–
    Pot calling the kettle black? Come On Man??? Look in the mirror.

  23. Love it! Shows how stoopid people are for passing judgement w/ out all the information. There’s a very good REASON why charges were dropped, but too many haters in a rush to convict before the real truth comes out. Bad cop with a history…

    Haters gonna keep hatin!

  24. Low class move by a low class organization. Quel suprise!

    I guess this Pat’s fan has forgotten about Jones, Hernandez, Stallworth, Jones and Cheating Billy and Tammy…..you are a pathetic troll.

  25. 6superbowls says:
    Jan 13, 2017 11:32 AM
    Love it! Shows how stoopid people are for passing judgement w/ out all the information. There’s a very good REASON why charges were dropped, but too many haters in a rush to convict before the real truth comes out. Bad cop with a history…

    Haters gonna keep hatin!
    *********
    You call people stupid for judging Porter based on limited information and his history, yet you seem to be perfectly comfortable judging the Cop based on his history without all of the information. Remember, after all was said and done, the cop was reinstated by a neutral arbiter

  26. @harrisonhits2

    “@pastabelly says – “Punk!”

    It would be worth an extremely high admission price to see you say this
    to Porter’s face, and to see your face afterwards.”

    “”Which would just emphasize that Porter can’t control his temper if he
    has such thin skin he responded with violence to someone calling him a punk.

    All you did with your post was confirm that you believe he’s a violent person.””

    ——–

    Why do you assume Porter would necessarily need to resort to violence
    to make pastabelly boy apologize, and take back his disrespectful remarks?

    Maybe it says something about you, just as much as it does about Porter.

  27. Wait, he was allowed to come back? Umm, what was the point of them suspending him? To give him a vacation?

    The Steelers are a pathetic fraud joke of a franchise.

  28. Hopefully, Rooney won’t have this type of influence with the Kansas City police. Only in Pittsburgh can the Steelers get away with murder.

  29. A cop is the civilian equivalent of a referee. If P.O.S. Porter were to put his hands on a referee, he would be ejected and possibly suspended.

    But he admits to putting his hands on a police officer and he’s reinstated! Why is he back with the team?

    There is definitely a different brand of justice for professional athletes than the rest of us. Going by what’s been happening the last few years with black men who confronted police, he’s lucky to be alive!

  30. motsuret06 says:
    Jan 13, 2017 9:42 AM
    Joke of a decision by the supposed class act called the Pittsburgh Steelers. I will be pulling for the Chiefs to knock them out of the playoffs this weekend.

    “Supposed” class act called the Pittsburgh Steelers!?
    How long have you been following/watching football?
    2 weeks?

  31. this is how justice systems run worldwide; don’t be angry at the world, but educate how it works.

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