Steelers' Joey Porter to plead guilty to fracas citations

Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter runs a drill during the NFL football teams' practice in Pittsburgh. Porter is back with the team in time for Sunday's playoff game in Kansas City

In a criminal complaint, Officer Paul Abel said Porter grabbed his wrists tightly outside The Flats on Carson after a doorman denied him entrance to the bar on January 8, just a few hours after Pittsburgh's playoff victory over Miami.

Current Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach and former Colorado State standout Joey Porter is planning on pleading guilty to disorderly conduct on Tuesday, his attorney confirmed to the Associated Press.

Porter had initially been charged with aggravated assault and other more serious charges, but the district attorney reviewed the surveillance tape and determined that charges should be reduced.

Porter's lawyer acknowledges the assistant coach briefly grabbed someone's wrists amid the scrum, but it's hard to see all the contact in the video. Abel was acquitted of drunken driving, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges, and the city paid $44,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by the man Abel shot.

The review board, which generally investigates complaints of police misconduct, opened an investigation because of Porter's high-profile status and Abel's past, including a firing from the police department.

Joey Porter is putting his infamous arrest behind him.

Del Greco said his client maintained early on that he did not touch a police officer and realized only after he watched surveillance video that he had done so.

Elizabeth Pittinger, executive director of the Citizen Police Review Board, said she also viewed surveillance footage and felt it supported an aggravated assault charge, noting that Porter is "significantly larger" than Abel and she was concerned about the "very risky situation that officer was placed in". The police union, however, has said that the initial charges were warranted.

"We're thankful that no one was injured in this encounter and grateful to have the matter concluded", Del Greco said.

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