Joey Porter Nearly Spent Christmas in Jail After Arrest for Cutting Bad Check in Las Vegas

Joey PorterDuring his playing days, Joey Porter was known as one of the NFL’s fiercest linebackers, going to the Pro Bowl four times and winning Super Bowl XL with the Steelers in 2006. Porter last played for the Cardinals during the 2011 season, and he signed a one-day contract to retire as a Steeler back in July.

However, though it’s not uncommon for NFL players to get themselves into financial trouble after their playing days, Porter may have gotten started a little soon. According to The Bakersfield Californian, Porter was arrested on Friday in Bakersfield, Calif., on a felony warrant for writing a bad check.

Now, normally writing a bad check is not a felony offense, so it figured that there had to be quite a bit of money involved. As of Monday morning, Porter was still in jail, but by the evening, the story became a bit more clear.

According to The Associated Press, Porter owed $70,000 to the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, which he paid in full some time on Monday, and was released that same day. The charge is pending dismissal and a court date has not been set.

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