Former NFL Linebacker Joey Porter Arrested for Existing Felony at Traffic Stop

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2012

Former NFL star Joey Porter is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this holiday season. According to the Bakersfield Californian, the former All-Pro linebacker was arrested Friday night on a felony charge of writing a check with insufficient funds:

Former NFL star Joey Porter was arrested Friday night in Bakersfield on a felony warrant out of Clark County, Nev., for writing a check with non-sufficient funds...The Kern County Sheriff's website showed that Porter was still in custody as of Sunday night.

Per the report, Porter was arrested after his warrant showed up on the police record following a routine traffic stop. 

The website for the Kern County Sheriff's Office also notes that Porter's expected release date is December 26th (via Pro Football Talk), meaning he is set to spend Christmas day in prison. 

This is not the first time Porter has had a run-in with law enforcement. As a member of the Miami Dolphins back in 2007, Porter was issued a summons on a misdemeanor battery charge following a scuffle in the Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

While with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, Porter was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, though those charges were later dropped

A ferocious pass-rusher, Porter's NFL career ended with 98 total sacks. In 2008, he finished the season second in the league with 17.5 sacks, and was named to his fourth and final Pro Bowl. 

The 35-year-old spent his time with three different teams in his career, but is best known for his dominant eight-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

There will surely be more news about Porter's arrest in the coming weeks, but it's hard not to speculate about his financial security, or lack thereof. Though he made tens of millions of dollars while playing in the NFL, the fiscal troubles of professional athletes is far from a new phenomenon.

Here's to hoping that Porter can get the issue resolved in a timely manner.