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Old 12-15-2006, 05:37 AM   #1
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Steelers Notebook:

Porter lashes out at media and NFL after $10,000 fine
Friday, December 15, 2006

By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers linebacker Joey Porter was upset he was fined $10,000 by the National Football League for a derogatory comment he made about Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, saying players who violate the league's substance-abuse policy are not treated as harshly.

It was the second time Porter has been disciplined by the league this season. He was fined $15,000 for comments he made to an official in an Oct. 22 game in Atlanta.

"I just don't understand how you can get a DUI or fail a drug test and nothing happens," Porter said. "You say something, you get fined. That just don't make any sense.

"You'd think if you get a DUI or something, you should get fined. If you fail a drug test, you should get fined. But for saying a word, you get fined. That's kind of backward to me."

After a 27-7 victory against the Browns last Thursday, Porter twice called Winslow a derogatory name associated with gay men. Porter publicly apologized Tuesday for using the word, saying he didn't mean to offend anyone "except Winslow."

A league spokesman said Porter was fined for "his vulgar and inexcusable statements."

Porter blamed the media for his fine, saying it called too much attention to the incident.

"There was enough publicity about it," Porter said. "Y'all keep talking about it. Y'all going to make them do something. If y'all wouldn't have just kept talking about it, [the fine] wouldn't have happened. Y'all need a story so you keep talking about it. So they say, all right, let's fine him then because everybody seems to be upset about it."

Porter, who appealed the fine he received in the Atlanta game, said he will not appeal this one.

"Appeals don't work. That's just wasting time. I don't even want to have my agent go through all that. I'll have to pay it regardless. They're not going to give it back."


Injury updates


Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu, who has missed the past two games with a sprained knee ligament, said he will not play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Polamalu has not practiced this week and remains doubtful on the team's injury report. Asked if he will be able to play in the final two games of the regular season, Polamalu said, "I'll try. It's progressing."

Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, who missed the game against the Browns with a high ankle sprain, has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable.

The Panthers added starting offensive guard Mike Wahle (shoulder) to the injury report and listed him as questionable. Linebacker Brendon Jamison (thigh) was upgraded from questionable to probable.


Whipple awaits BC's decision


Mark Whipple, the team's quarterback coach, remains one of the leading candidates to become the head coach at Boston College, a position that could be filled this weekend.

Whipple, a former head coach at Brown University, met with Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo and a member of the school's board of trustees Sunday to discuss the position. If he is offered the job, Whipple will accept.

Coach Bill Cowher said Whipple would continue to coach with the Steelers through the end of the season, even if gets the job.

New York Giants quarterback coach Kevin Gilbride, a former Steelers assistant, also has interviewed for the position, which became vacant when Tom O'Brien left to become coach at North Carolina State.


Bettis' mom appears here


Despite the recent death of her husband, Gladys Bettis will be in Monroeville tomorrow to sign copies and read segments of her son's new book, "Driving Home." Mrs. Bettis wanted to do the appearance beginning at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 145 Mall Circle Dr., to remember her husband, John, who died Nov. 28 at the age of 61. Also, she wanted to raise funds for Jerome Bettis' The Bus Stops Here Foundation, which benefits disadvantaged children.

She will read from the book from 11 a.m. to noon and sign copies of the book beginning at noon.
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"There was enough publicity about it," Porter said. "Y'all keep talking about it. Y'all going to make them do something. If y'all wouldn't have just kept talking about it, [the fine] wouldn't have happened. Y'all need a story so you keep talking about it. So they say, all right, let's fine him then because everybody seems to be upset about it."

Joey's dead on with this statement.
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:11 AM   #3
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he is too beastly to care about 10 Gs. he is the best LB in the league and winslow does suck so i think porter can call him whatever he wants. even though porter called him gay and that offends a lot of people he didnt mean it to hurt others it is just a part of speach people use.
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he is too beastly to care about 10 Gs. he is the best LB in the league and winslow does suck so i think porter can call him whatever he wants. even though porter called him queer and that offends a lot of people he didnt mean it to hurt others it is just a part of speach people use.
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best LB in the league??????? whoooaaa.... easy there big fella.... i love having joey on this team but he is not even close to the best LB in the league
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he is too beastly to care about 10 Gs. he is the best LB in the league and winslow does suck so i think porter can call him whatever he wants. even though porter called him queer and that offends a lot of people he didnt mean it to hurt others it is just a part of speach people use.
way far from the best lb in the league...
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Buried below Porter's comments was an update on Troy's condition and Troy's statement he will try to get back for the last 2 games.

Forcing Troy back for two meaningless games is nonsense. Smith can use the playing time and it is madness to risk further injury to a franchise level defensive player.

Steelers and Troy dodged a bullet that this injury was not far worse and need to shut it down for Troy until 2007.
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Buried below Porter's comments was an update on Troy's condition and Troy's statement he will try to get back for the last 2 games.

Forcing Troy back for two meaningless games is nonsense. Smith can use the playing time and it is madness to risk further injury to a franchise level defensive player.

Steelers and Troy dodged a bullet that this injury was not far worse and need to shut it down for Troy until 2007.
Yeah but that has been the ignorance of the steelers coaching staff all season. It has been pointless to rush ben back from all of his injuries as well. You have to respect a players toughness. But if you are putting there careers in jeopordy thats another thing
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listen guys, you forgetting something very important....

Bill Cowher isnt gonna talk about next year.... Nope he just aint gonna do it.... (enter Dana Carvey's old George Bush Sr.'s imitation.... "not gonna do it")

cause after his SB win he is the only NFL coach who makes all personnel and scchematic decisions on a "year to year basis"..... forget that he is under .500 with 3 to play.... forget that he has a smaller chance of making the playoffs than the rookie QB, lame duck HC led Tennessee Titans....

Next year???? No......... he cant even think about that.

Think....he cant even THINK about next year (let alone actually complete an action that will pay dividends next year?).... how come more people (media, local especially) arent grilling this guy for avoiding part of the responsibility of his high profile job!!!!

Unless Cincy, Jax, NYJ, KC, Tenn, and Den all lose this weekend and we win..... Troy should sit the rest of the season .... so we can get a better idea of the abilities of players like Anthony Smith, Kemo, etc.
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Unless all those teams lose and we win..... Hines should sit as well
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