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Pittsburgh Steelers Targeted Over Gun Party

8/12/2009 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the cross-hairs again after pictures surfaced of 14 players horsing around with guns -- and pointing them at each other's heads at a police firing range in 2006.

 Pittsburgh Steelers Targeted Over Gun Party

The photos appear to show several key members from the 2006 Super Bowl championship team -- including Joey Porter (front left), Ike Taylor, James Harrison, Max Starks, James Farrior, Brett Keisel and Najeh Davenport -- screwin' around with the high-power firearms while state troopers smiled in the background.

Ironically, a police spokesperson claims the players were there because the "Steelers camp" had requested a gun safety course.

Even the National Rifle Association won't defend this, telling the Philidelphia Daily News there were multiple "dumb and dangerous" safety violations. No kidding...

UPDATE
: The Steelers just released the following statement:

"Steelers players are counseled at least annually on the importance of gun safety. We are not aware of any violations of law or NFL policies in regard to the visit to the State Police facilities three years ago. We recommend all of our players use extreme caution and good judgment if they choose to possess a firearm."

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hamilTonyan    

numbero uno

1808 days ago
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atabaw    

Woooo hoooo top 10!

1808 days ago
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Whatajoke    

....and yet more sports "heros".........more like gang members everyday....over paid primadonnas.

1808 days ago
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Whatajoke    

What a stupid pose with everybody smiling while holding guns. For what?

1808 days ago
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QueenB    

Like they don't already know how to use a gun!! Give me a break. If they offered that at a band camp imagine what the world would be like.........

1808 days ago
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deleta    

The Steelers REQUESTED the course? Shouldn't they be focused on the game? Bunch of street thugs!

1808 days ago
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superchunk    

black guys with guns, oh sh*t!

1808 days ago
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Heavy    

are the critics going to take away their championship?









1808 days ago
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Reece    

Nothing wrong at all with this. It is your right to own a gun. Nice work TMZ. Make a story out of nothing

1808 days ago
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doc murry    

what is the big deal boys will be boys,,what would be better.... having a get togather and having miley cyrus ride a strippers pole for them ..not even a news worhty story,,where is stuff about michael jackson

1808 days ago
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Reece    

7. The Steelers REQUESTED the course? Shouldn't they be focused on the game? Bunch of street thugs!

Posted at 9:48AM on Aug 12th 2009 by deleta
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It's a football team. Not a church group. And it was the off season

1808 days ago
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Lucy    

thuggery at its best!

1808 days ago
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shanta588    

people really need to stop making something out of nothing. only thing wrong with the picture is the way they was pointing the gun. after the sean taylor incident i take up gun classes to because there gonna be a target with all that money there making. you can call them thugs all you want because they wouldn't be a good football team if they were all in the chess club dummy. lol.

1808 days ago
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steelcactus    

State Troopers are administering a gun safety course! What is the problem?!? Looks like we have a Cleveland crybaby at the TMZ. Non-Issue!

1808 days ago
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Amie Lyn    

Does it even matter now? The picture was taken in 2006!

1808 days ago
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