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Ex-NFL Star Joey Porter

ARRESTED

for Bouncing Check

12/24/2012 8:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Joey Porter -- a former NFL defensive superstar -- was arrested last week after Las Vegas officials say he wrote a rubber check ... as in, it bounced.

The 35-year-old former Super Bowl champ is currently behind bars in Kern County, CA ... where he was arrested in a warrant out of Clark County, Nevada for writing a check without having sufficient funds.

According to the Bakersfield PD, Porter was initially pulled over for a routine traffic violation Friday night when the officer noticed the warrant and arrested him.

The details surrounding the alleged bad check situation are unclear.

Still, the allegation is shocking -- considering Porter made MILLIONS during his steller 13-year NFL career with the Steelers, Dolphins and Cardinals. In fact, he signed a $32 million deal in 2007 ... and a $24.5 million deal in 2010.

As TMZ previously reported, Porter was in Vegas last year ... where he was seen gambling with $30,000 in chips at a high stakes craps table.

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24 COMMENTS

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Amy    

First

480 days ago
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Amy    

Who writes checks still??? Aside from businesses.

480 days ago
3.

StevenB    

PFT is reporting that it is a Felony Bad Check charge and he is being held without bail. How big of a bad check do you have to write to get a felony charge and no bail?

480 days ago
4.

Marie    

How can this guy be in jail for a bounced check while Lindsay Lohan is still roaming the streets? Only in America, ladies and gentlemen!

480 days ago
5.

kerrplunk    

Poor guy. He should go over and see chumlee. Sell a ring?

480 days ago
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Purple Label    

Come on TMZ you guys got to get your reporting together. Not condoning J Porter writing bad checks but every real football fan knows NFL contracts aren't worth the paper there printed on. What you should be reporting is how much of signing bonus did he get and how much total did he receive from his contracts. But that would mean you guys would actually have to do some real reporting.

480 days ago
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khoran    

A fool and his/her money will soon part

480 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Yeah but.... they don't arrest you for writing a bad check because everyone makes a mistake now and then. They arrested him because he didn't make it good when he was notified that he wrote a bad check.

480 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Yea, some people already mentioned this but in the NFL, only the signing bonus is what counts, then divide that by half after Uncle Sam and the agent take their cut. Porter never saw the end of any of those deals. More than half of NFL players are broke 5 years after their last game

480 days ago
10.

f    

Am i the only educated one reading this article? As a journalist i figured the writer would know the difference between "Check" and "Cheque". I also laugh at the fools below who made comments with the wrong spelling...TMZ PLEASE HIRE EDUCATED JOURNALIST!

480 days ago
11.

NOT ELMO    

Joey Porter
ARRESTED
for Bouncing Check...............i am so PROUD of YOU !

480 days ago
12.

Toilethead    

All that money down the drain. What an effing dumbass.

480 days ago
13.

geincolo    

Joseph Eugene Porter...ya big dummy!!

480 days ago
14.

cammy123    

If he got arrested, than that means that haappened more than once..plus who still writes checks??? I only do cash or money orders.

480 days ago
15.

Gargamel    

Who???

480 days ago
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