Lions LB Trevor Bates Hospitalized for Mental Health Evaluation After Arrest

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 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 hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after he was arrested Saturday. 

According to ESPN.com, the New York City Police Department said Bates punched one of their officers in the face following his arrest, and he was charged with felony assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, theft of service and obstructing governmental administration.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press shared a statement from Jeff Jankovich of Vantage Management Group, who said Bates was hospitalized:

"Following his incident in New York on Saturday, our client Trevor Bates was taken to an area hospital where he remains as he undergoes testing and a mental health evaluation. I have spoken with members of Trevor's family and others close to him, all of whom have expressed deep concern that his behavior this weekend is not at all consistent with the man and friend we know him to be.

"Since entering the NFL in 2016, Trevor has demonstrated a genuine passion for serving his community in various charitable and outreach capacities. He understands the powerful platform that comes with being a professional athlete, and his actions this weekend are in no way a reflection of who he is as a person.

"We take this situation very seriously and express concern for Sergeant O'Brien and the members of the New York City Police Department. At this time our priority is to ensure that Trevor receives the help he needs and that the privacy of the parties involved be respected until more information becomes available."

ESPN.com provided details of the arrest, noting Bates was initially booked at a precinct house because he didn't pay a $32 cab fare.

After he was told he would be issued a desk appearance ticket and then permitted to leave, he reportedly became agitated and punched the officer after he refused to be fingerprinted. Police said the officer suffered a concussion. 

Bates appeared in nine games for the Lions this season and is under contract through the 2019 season.

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