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Monday, Dec 24 2012 04:39 PM

Former NFL star Joey Porter out of custody after paying restitution to casino

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Former NFL star Joey Porter was released from jail after paying $70,000 in restitution to Hard Rock Casino, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday.

A clerk at the Kern County downtown jail confirmed Monday that Porter, 35, was no longer in custody. The Review-Journal reported that prosecutors at the Clark County (Nevada) district attorney's office said Porter had paid full restitution to the casino and that the law enforcement hold on him was canceled.

The Associated Press reported that no court date has been set.

Porter was pulled over by Bakersfield police Friday at the corner of Etchart Road and Calloway Drive in west Bakersfield, and officers discovered he had a felony warrant out of Clark County for writing a check with non-sufficient funds, police said.

The Review-Journal reported that the criminal complaint filed against Porter for theft and writing the bad check said he received markers from the Hard Rock for between $5,000 and $20,000 on eight different occasions between June and July.

Porter played at Foothill High and Colorado State before his 13-year NFL career as a linebacker. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1999, Porter played eight seasons there, three with the Miami Dolphins and two with the Arizona Cardinals.

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