Police Say Lions' Trevor Bates Punched Officer After Arrest over Cab Fare

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2019

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 16: Trevor Bates #53 of the Detroit Lions warms up before the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 16, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates was arrested and reportedly punched a police officer in the face Saturday in New York, according to ESPN.com.

He has been charged with felony assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, theft of service and obstructing governmental administration.

Bates was initially arrested after allegedly refusing to pay his $32 cab fare, but he added to his charge after reportedly becoming agitated while in the 115th Precinct. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the linebacker then punched a police sergeant above his eye, leading to a concussion and three stitches.

"We are aware of the arrest of Trevor Bates earlier today in New York," Lions general manager Bob Quinn said in a statement. "We have not spoken to Trevor as of yet and are still in the process of gathering more information. The Detroit Lions will have no further comment at this time."

Bates was initially drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 but spent most of his first three seasons on various practice squads with the Colts, New England Patriots and New York Giants.

He finally got his first real chance at playing time in 2018 with the Lions, appearing in nine games while totaling three tackles. Most of his snaps came on special teams, but it was his most consistent action after being drafted out of Maine.

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