According to the New York Daily News, Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates was arrested early Saturday morning after refusing to pay cab fare. From there, things only got much, much worse.
Per the police report, Bates refused to be fingerprinted and responded by punching a police officer in the face. According to the New York Post, the officer suffered a concussion and received three stitches.
As for Bates, he was sent to Elmhurst Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
Bates played in nine games for the Detroit Lions, logging most of his snaps as a special teamer. He joined the Lions after winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016 and spending most of the 2017 season on the Giants’ practice squad.
Bates is signed through the 2019 season, but after an altercation like this, you have to think his roster spot is very much in jeopardy. The Detroit Lions have not released a statement on the situation.
UPDATE: The Lions have now released a statement confirming the arrest, via general manager Bob Quinn:
We are aware of the arrest of Trevor Bates earlier today in New York. 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.
UPDATE 2: Here’s more information on the altercation. Apparently the officers used a taser to subdue Bates:
#NFL @Lions player busted for hitting #NYPD officer. pic.twitter.com/QgUyYAh9qm— Tony Aiello (@AielloTV) January 26, 2019