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NFL Star Joey Porter

Arrested for Assaulting Cop

3/27/2010 5:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Joey Porter was arrested outside a Taco Bell this morning after officials say Porter put his hands on a cop.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Joey was driving in a Taco Bell parking lot in Bakersfield -- his home town -- when a friend of Joey's was stopped by police.

According to officials, Porter pulled up near the action -- too close apparently -- because a CHP officer rolled over to his car, where he detected the smell of alcohol coming from Porter's car.

Cops say the officer asked for Porter's driver's license, but he refused to hand it over. ... instead, officials say, the 33-year-old tried to roll up his window.

Cops say the officer tried to reach in the car to manually unlock the car -- and that's when Porter "slapped" the officer's hand away.

According to the CHP, the officer decided to grab Porter's arm -- and that's when things got crazy. Porter allegedly got out of his car "in a confrontational manner."

The officer claims he drew his pistol and ordered Porter to the ground, but he wouldn't comply -- though he did ultimately agree to place his hands behind his head.

Additional officers were called to the scene to aid in the arrest. Porter was eventually taken into custody and booked at a nearby jail. He was eventually charged with 3 misdemeanors -- DUI, resisting arrest and assault on a peace officer.

Porter recently signed a big fat contract with the Cardinals -- reportedly worth $17.5 million for 3 years.

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16.

IRS    

WHAT IS UP WITH THESE AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES FLASHING GUNS, SELLING DRUGS, ABUSING WOMEN, DRUG DEALING AND GENERAL DISRESPECT TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE? I DON'T GET IT! WTF?

1609 days ago
17.

J    

F*** THE POLICE

1609 days ago
18.

Steve    

I don't think there's a case here. Other than him suing the cops. He was in a Taco Bell parking lot. That is private property. The police don't have the authority to do anything unless Taco Bell asked them to intervene. If you are on private property, you can drive as drunk as you want. They can't do diddly.

1609 days ago
19.

Barb    

When are these over paid "sports" stars going to grow up? Great role models. If the league doesn't start cracking down on this crap, there should be a shake up of management. Clearly the current board isn't getting the message across. Our sports stars are a disgrace.

1609 days ago
20.

Jody    

Is there a single black man out there that can stay out of trouble? They feel they are so entitled because their ancestors were once slaves. That was a long time ago, get over it and act like a decent human being.

1609 days ago
21.

Disturbed    

Can we be honest here for a moment TMZ?

It seems that 90% of what you post about are athletes, rappers, z-listers, and 50 posts about 1 person/incident, trying to stretch out the issue to give you more posts/hits. Case in point. 4 posts about the Michael Jackson/Doctor/drugs issue that could have all been in one post. This post about an athlete that no one has ever heard of. Ugh.

No one cares about this kind of crap. Honestly.

1609 days ago
22.

Memphis    

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1609 days ago
23.

rico    

Just another Douch bag athlete You all put up on a pedestal to worship....

1609 days ago
24.

Billybarou    

The guy always has been an a**hole....this is not shocking and is not news. Congrats on your big contract...obvoiusly Arizona wasted their money, should have thrown it at Warner!!

1609 days ago
25.

Indrid Cold    

HERE IT ALL COMES!!!!!!!

Not his fault! He's black! WAIT!!! I mean, African-American!

MAN...I wish I was black...I mean..."African-American". You can assault a police officer (or several in Rodney King's case) and get away with it..."cause I'm black!"

To quote Kanye West, the great influential modern philosopher and speaker of this generation: "George Bush hatez black people!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDMyArnIdzY

1609 days ago
26.

Tom E. Lee    

Steve, you would have to be reincarnated twice just to be a f@((ing "IDIOT"!

1609 days ago
27.

Memphis    

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1609 days ago
28.

Indrid Cold    

LOL!!!!

Just read #18 "D" The following is an EXACT quote: "Assault for
slapping a cops hand... cops are such pansies."

Anyone want to put any money on what race "D" is?!?!

Thank you #18 for further proving my point.

1609 days ago
29.

JLS    

MORE TMZ sports stuff. I've never even heard of this man. I don't live in Arizona either. Are we going to hear about every single sports celeb that gets a DUI or get's pulled over? God, I hope not.

1609 days ago
30.

dan the man    

quick question, it says in the beginning of the article that it was his friend was the one pulled over. usually, this means that person was the one driving.... so if the super bowl winning linebacker wasn't driving, how did he manage to get a dui? i mean, ive been a passenger in a car boat loads of time and ive always felt safe in thinking i could not get a dui.... so, in short, how did porter get a dui?

1609 days ago
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