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Steelers LB Porter fined $15,000 for remarks

PITTSBURGH (Nov. 7, 2006) -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter was fined $15,000 for remarks made to a member of referee Tony Corrente's officiating crew during a 20-13 loss at Oakland on Oct. 29.

Porter was fined for unsportmanslike conduct on the play, two plays after linebacker Larry Foote drew the same penalty. The two penalties led to a field goal by Oakland during the Raiders' upset victory, one of six Steelers losses in seven games.

Porter, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and one of the NFL's most vocal players, returned for that game after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

Porter has had run-ins with game officials before. He once was ejected for fighting before a game in Cleveland, and accused officials of intentionally favoring the Colts during the Steelers' 21-18 playoff victory in Indianapolis last season.

Steelers coach Bill Cowher later called those remarks "ridiculous," though it isn't believed he punished Porter for them.

The Associated Press News Service

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