Evidently Joey Porter has forgotten that he’s only allowed to go after fellow players in pregame warm-ups, not when out in the general public. Porter, recently released by the Steelers and signed by Miami, has been cited for misdemeanor battery after going after and punching Bengals offensive linemen Levi Jones at a blackjack table in Las Vegas. Porter and Jones never did have Christmas dinner together, as it was well known that players from the Steelers and Bengals were never all that friendly with one another, on or off the field.
One has to wonder though about what started this little rift, or if Jones just threw a friendly “good-bye” Porter’s way since they will no longer see each other twice a season since Porter is now in Miami and gone from the wars of the Steelers-Bengals twice a year. Or it could be that Porter reminded Jones that it was the Steelers who basically ended the last two Bengal’s seasons, the 2005 season with a playoff loss in Cincy, and last year the Steelers beat Cincy in the regular season finale to knock them out of the playoffs.
One would have to believe that whatever was said, it was Porter that started and threw the punches that eventually landed him in trouble. Always known as a trash talker, Porter has also been known to take his mouth and put it into action, both before and during games. It was just three years ago that Porter and former Browns running back William Green got into it during pregame warmups, and after both threw punches they were ejected before the game even started. Then last year Porter and Browns TE Kellen Winslow traded barbs during warmups in the two teams first game in Cleveland, then when Winslow went up to Porter before the rematch in Pittsburgh, Porter basically shoved Winslow away.
So while Porter’s history of temper tantrums continue, no longer does he have the rest of his Steelers defense around him to back him up. He had better be careful as to what paths he chooses to take, as someday someone is going to shut him up once and for all, and that goes for on and off the field.