Published: Sat, January 14, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter's assault charges dropped

Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter's assault charges dropped

The eye in the sky saved Joey Porter big time - officials say they will reduce the charges against the Steelers assistant coach stemming from an incident at a bar after reviewing surveillance footage.

Porter is still charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness from the incident that resulted in his arrest.

The remaining citations have fines of up to $500 and 90 days in jail on each charge.

Felony aggravated assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Acting police Chief Scott Schubert this week defended the decision to charge Porter, saying video the chief reviewed showed that Abel's account of what happened was accurate and that he conducted himself in the professional manner.

Porter's attorney says he expects to make a statement later Thursday. The Steelers reinstated Porter on Friday morning after the district attorney dropped the most serious charges he was facing. "He was disappointed in what he thought was a false characterization of him as a person who was exceedingly drunk, violent and disrespectful of law enforcement".

Now the suspension has been lifted and Porter will coach in the Steelers playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday.

City police spokeswoman Sonya Toler had no comment on the prosecutor's decision.

Porter was accused in a criminal complaint of picking up a bouncer after being denied entrance into a Pittsburgh bar and grabbing the wrists of an intervening police officer.

Neither Officer Abel, the doorman nor Porter were injured. Schubert said he reviewed unspecified videos Sunday, including some recorded by Abel's body camera, in reaching that conclusion.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the Steelers were giving the situation "the attention it deserves" but no timetable had been set for Porter, who was placed on indefinite leave "pending review of the incident".

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