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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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16.

NOT ELMO    

Joey Porter
Is a Degenerate..................Just a Beautiful Beast

635 days ago
17.

There's a problem here    

You can take the boy out of the ghetto ...

635 days ago
18.

KicksandGiggles    

Why would they continue taking checks from this moron? Cheez, wouldn't the prior check have to clear before the next? Hum... I will stick with my $2 lotto tickets!

635 days ago
19.

Throwback kid    

I believe some jail time is in order for Joey to learn his lesson. You want to hear the music you have to pay the band...you want to borrow money you have to pay the man..ROCKY 1976. I beleive being a former NFL Linebacker Joey will do ok in prison and not have to toss anyone's salad, but he should be worried about being gang raped. Merry Christmas everyone!!

635 days ago
20.

Jordan    

Harvey their is a very big difference between Bouncing a check and making a stop payment on a check. Either way they are both felonies, and he should go to jail. Just so you know Harvey bouncing a check is when you knowingly give a check that does not have the funds, and stop payment is when you call the bank and put a hold on a check that may or may not have the funds.

635 days ago
21.

Toilethead    

In six months he'll be asking people if he can supersize their order. What a dope.

635 days ago
22.

hunter    

What the hell is he doing in Bakersfield?

635 days ago
23.

Rich     

He needs big help. He's addicted. Gambling like that is a disease!!!

635 days ago
24.

MasktRacer    

All gambling should be CASH ONLY. Casinos should not be allowed to accept checks or credit. What if the person is married and is spending their spouse's money/credit also???? All "debts" to casinos should be outlawed/non collectable.. Any place that gets you drunk to rob you is not a real business.

635 days ago
25.

John Galt    

Former NFL superstar "insert name" is a deadbeat.

635 days ago
26.

JP    

Another bankrupted sports hero...it's been a few weeks. Never fails to make me laugh.

635 days ago
27.

HillbillyHell    

To all the Joey/NFL haters....what about all the casinos that talk advantage of gambling addicts? They're the evil ones here.

635 days ago
28.

Buck    

Joey Porter rear ended our vehicle two years ago and totalled our car.. the loser had no car insurance and was driving a dealership car. Put my family in distress and seeing this tmz post made me realize he really is a s*** bucket.

635 days ago
29.

Melissa    

Maybe they'll accept a check for bail lol

635 days ago
30.

Bobby    

Update says he was unaware the debt hadn't been paid. What did he think putting a stop payment on the checks meant?

635 days ago
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