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Joey Porter

Is a Degenerate Gambler

... Officials Say [Update]

12/24/2012 10:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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3:34 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... since the arrest, Joey has paid back the debt to the Hard Rock, so the case will be dismissed.

A rep for Porter tells us, "It was a misunderstanding as Joey wasn't aware that the debt was outstanding. It has been paid. Issue resolved."

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Former NFL superstar Joey Porter is a deadbeat ... who owes the Hard Rock Casino $70,000 in unpaid gambling debts ... this according to the State of Nevada.

TMZ obtained court documents filed by the State of Nevada ... which show Porter is accused of writing 8 checks to the Hard Rock casino between June 30, 2012 and July 1, 2012 .... in exchange for cash and/or gambling chips.

Problem is .... according to the complaint, when the casino tried to cash the checks ... Joey's bank refused the transaction, claiming Joey had put a "stop payment" on them.

The Hard Rock went to cops ... and eventually Porter was charged with check-bouncing with intent to defraud and theft -- both felonies.

The docs list all of the the checks Joey allegedly wrote during his time in the casino ... and the progression indicates he was having a terrible run at the tables ... capped off with one last desperate $20k attempt to get out of the red.

Check #1 -- $10,000
Check #2 -- $10,000
Check #3 -- $5,000
Check #4 -- $5,000
Check #5 -- $5,000
Check #6 -- $5,000
Check #7 -- $10,000
Check #8 -- $20,000

As we previously reported, a warrant was issued for Joey's arrest -- and on Friday he was taken into custody during a routine traffic stop in Bakersfield, CA. Porter is currently behind bars.

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1.

Berserk    

He also eats live animals judging from the feathers sticking out of his mouth.

670 days ago
2.

Plev    

OOPS!

670 days ago
3.

Mallory    

Bummer......he does a lot of good work here in Bakes with the kids though.

670 days ago
4.

hunter    

Standard check acceptance is once every two weeks but that's for piss-poor folks like me. Must be nice to be allowed eighr in two days. But if you write that many, it's time to reevaluate.

670 days ago
5.

Cheryl A.    

That's more like it. He didn't just bounce A check, he bounced MANY checks and did not make them good.

670 days ago
6.

Truth is    

Ballers and their problems....do not shoot anyone plz,....my iPad's a troll yawl lol

670 days ago
7.

Larry    

If you expect to win like a man, you have to be prepared to lose like man. Junior Seau had similar issues too, just involving more money. Jive punk amateur, wannabe gambler.

670 days ago
8.

LISA    

What is it with these millionaire athletes going broke? He made more than 20 million since 2007. He obviously has a gambling problem, but he should have let the checks bounce instead of doing a stop payment. If he had, he probably wouldn't have been charged with Fraud.

670 days ago
9.

EastCoastChopper    

Check # 8

Chasin that shiyat!

670 days ago
10.

JDUB    

Who even writes checks anymore except for little old ladies at the grocery store.

670 days ago
11.

GabyO    

I hate these NFL fools. Your big paychecks are not forever - so stop spending like Midas and save/invest or your ass will be eating Alpo when they reposes your
Maserati and blinged out watches.

670 days ago
12.

JDUB    

These pro athletes should get a personal financial adviser mandatory every time they sign a contract, they're always going bankrupt.

670 days ago
13.

HOPEYSMA    

AND YOU HAD TO SHOW THIS THUG IN A STEELERS UNIFORM???????????? HE HASN'T BEEN A STEELER IN FOREVER AND THAT IS AN INSULT!!!!!!! FIX THE PICTURE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

670 days ago
14.

Greg    

Hate to see a Steeler uniform disgraced by a check fraud. It should only be used in pictures of "accused" rapists.

670 days ago
15.

Miley is a whore    

another s***bag Steeler

670 days ago
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