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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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31.

ray    

must be way too many driks/drugs when you're unaware you lost 70 G's

665 days ago
32.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Probably manages his women about as successfully as he manages his money.....FAIL! Not much of a man at all, actually.

665 days ago
33.

joshuakid22    

He is awful

665 days ago
34.

LISA    

I just read the TMZ update. It's a Christmas MIRACLE! TMZ sure is great at getting people to pay their bills, lol! It is nice he won't be behind bars for Christmas.

665 days ago
35.

joshuakid22    

Lets go Chicago Bears another trash Steelers I don't like him just like they QB Ben rapistBurger

665 days ago
36.

bernergirl    

He has more millions than God, I doubt he wouldn't pay for a 70k bill. He has been pretty smart with his money and has always taken care of his wife and kids, don't agree with his love of assault weapons, but he is pretty legit! He donated way more than that to his University and tons of charities!

665 days ago
37.

MarcaR    

He simply mis counted his money,probably let the wife handle the checkbook, you know a mere oversight. Did he tip his dealer and waitress?

665 days ago
38.

RuthieB    

He is nothing but a thief.

665 days ago
39.

Greg    

"It was a misunderstanding as Joey wasn't aware that the debt was outstanding. It has been paid. Issue resolved."

NP...

665 days ago
40.

Diamond Goddess!    

How 'bout a story about an athlete who DOESN'T waste all of his money?
(LOLs!!!)
Happy Gossip Holidays, all!!!
=)

665 days ago
41.

Love;-)    

Wow he is stupid **** u lost 50 Gs then u ask for more moron

664 days ago
42.

James    

He's played on 2 teams since the Steelers...are you that lazy, you can't find a pic of him.

664 days ago
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