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."
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.