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Jones allegedly attacked by Porter in Vegas casino

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bill Rabinowitz

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

 

Another Cincinnati Bengals player has become involved in a legal dust-up, but this time there?s a twist: The Bengal is the apparent victim.

 

Linebacker Joey Porter, who recently signed with the Miami Dolphins after eight seasons with Pittsburgh, faces a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly attacking Bengals left tackle Levi Jones in a Las Vegas casino Sunday night. Jones was playing blackjack at the Palms hotel-casino with a friend when Porter and six others approached him from behind, a source said. Without provocation, the source said, Porter punched Jones in the face. Two necklaces were ripped off Jones? neck in the attack.

 

Jones, who lives in Las Vegas during the offseason, was treated at the scene and at a local hospital.

 

Authorities reviewed the casino surveillance and did not charge Jones.

 

The Bengals had no comment other than to say Jones? injuries are not severe.

 

"We will monitor the situation and refrain from making any further comment until we gather more information," coach Cam Cameron said in a statement issued by the Dolphins.

 

Jones and Porter have trashtalked on the field in the past, and obviously it became personal.

 

Jones isn?t the only NFL player to have sparred with Porter. In 2004, Porter and Browns running back William Green were ejected after a pregame fight.

 

Porter is a three-time Pro Bowler. He was due to receive a $1 million roster bonus, but the Steelers released him March 1.

 

The Bengals and Dolphins reportedly were the finalists to sign him, though Cincinnati didn?t have enough salary-cap room to compete with a Dolphins offer that included a $12 million signing bonus.

 

The Bengals play in Miami this season.

 

 

brabinowitz@dispatch.com?

 

Porter's a certified badass and Jones is a certified p***y...

 

When 6 other dude's were involved on Porter's side.

 

What a guy.

 

You guys are just lucky he didn't do this to Chris Henry, man. Then Porter would be dead.

 

You guys are all shameless homers. If I get banned for that, fine.

 

But, I don't try to act like the stupid sh*t we've done off the field is "badass." f***ing criminal.

 

You know what the real shame is? That Porter didn't do this to Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots roster. Then at least he'd have done something meaningful and given the Jets a surefire seasonlong division win.

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