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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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61.

juniper    

prolly had some fans at police headquarters sounds like a felony was watered down into three misdemeanors

1668 days ago
62.

SUN    

Bakersfield? lol Racism is alive and well... I know a policeman who told me they have code names for minorities, and look for reasons to pull them over, and this is in a community that has a moderate degree of mixed races. Bet not much happens in good-ole-Bakersfield, after the Taco bell crowed rolls through.

1668 days ago
63.

#645732 - Cell Block H    

He just gets a million dollar payroll, and he risks his life by interfering with a traffic stop? What an idiot!! I don't care what state you are from, you don't put your hand on a police officer and if you pop out of your care in a offensive manner and don't lay down on the ground with a gun pointed at you, the next pop you hear may be the last thing you hear.

1668 days ago
64.

r99mmh1    

Here we go with all the racist comments like whites don't get in trouble. Haters!!!!

1668 days ago
65.

Research both before you condem, there are zealots on both sides    

How on earth did this turn into a racial issue?
What is wrong with you people?
No drama here. There are more than 2 races in the world.


If it smells like alcohol and acts like alcohol, then its an alcoholic!

1668 days ago
66.

Brute Reynolds    

Assaulting cop while black:1 year prison.Raping college girl while Ben Roethlisberger:15 more years in NFL,$1 billion.

1668 days ago
67.

Research both before you condem, there are zealots on both sides    

So if your black you can do anything and then blame a white guy?
If this is logical to you:
You need to go to school,
Read books,
Talk to new people,
Travel,
Get a job,
Go out more,
Buy a brain or just shut up. You are embarrassing yourselves.

1668 days ago
68.

mellow    

Seriously WHAT?
Cannot take the CA hick out of the boy, late night drunk taco bell crawls...sooooo broke ass Californina entertainment.
wow

1668 days ago
69.

Jimmy    

Nowhere in the article does it say that the officer was white. By LAW, you as a citizen are to obey the lawful command of a Peace Officer during an investigation. The officer had probable cause to stop Porter and Porter broke the LAW. This has nothing to do with race and everything to do with PEOPLE thinking they know the LAW when they don't know sh!t.

All of you ghetto attorneys need to brush up on the PENAL CODE before you spew garbage in a public forum.

1668 days ago
70.

All your base are belong to us    

Funny/strange. Where was all the hate for BEN ROETHLISBERGER who was recently accused of RAPE for the second time??

Thug? Feels he's above the law? Disrespectful to others? What an idiot?

1668 days ago
71.

charley hardman    

and that's why you _never_ roll your window down more than a crack when confronting official armed parasites.

1668 days ago
72.

Lewy    

No big story here, boys - just another worthless NFL thug.

1668 days ago
73.

Q    

Driving around drunk huh, endangering the innocent? You freaking coward, acting all tough in a game, and with a police officer---you stay off our roads when you're drinking you potential murderer. I could care less your color, income, or occupation---you're a danger to society driving around all drunk and tough like.

Dude lucky the cop didnt pull a round off into you...maybe the NFL should look into you---guess you didnt get the memos about Plaxico, Arenas, Big Ben being all stupid in their sports too.

Disgraceful and Dangerous is what you are. May the Press brand you as the fool you are.

1668 days ago
74.

Renee[Woodwind]    

what the heck does him being black have to do with anything? he was being a DBAG and he got arrested. simple as that,

1668 days ago
75.

Linda    

I have no respect for law inforcement, they think they are gods, and bully the poor. when I was a young girl, we looked up to the police. Now my 14 year old granddaughter is afraid of them. She tells me they are mean.What does that tell you

1668 days ago
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