Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was charged with assault Monday morning after allegedly fighting a doorman after the Steelers' playoff win on Sunday.
According to a criminal complaint, Porter, 39 wasn't allowed to enter The Flats bar in Pittsburgh at about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. A visibly intoxicated Porter then grabbed the doorman and lifted him off the ground. An officer intervened, and claimed Porter grabbed his wrists so hard, "I could not pull away from him, no matter how hard I tried."
Porter insisted as he was handcuffed that the officer was lying.
He faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, defiant trespass and public drunkenness.
Before his tenure as a linebackers coach, Porter was a star Steelers linebacker and 13-year NFL veteran.
The Steelers released a statement Sunday: “We are aware of an incident tonight involving Joey Porter. We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and we will have no further comments until we get more details."
A reporter for The Beaver County Times broke the news on Twitter.
He was released on bail early Monday morning, WPXI reports.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.