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Detroit Lions release LB Trevor Bates

The Lions have decided to move on from their special teams linebacker after an altercation with the police in January.

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The Detroit Lions announced on Monday evening that they have released linebacker Trevor Bates.

Back in January, Bates was arrested after failing to pay a cab fee in New York. While being booked, he reportedly punched a police officer, leading to his hospitalization. He has since pleaded not guilty to four charges: assault, resisting arrest, theft of services and obstruction of governmental administration.

At the time of the arrest, the Lions held off judgement, releasing the following statement.

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.

It’s now clear the Lions have gathered enough information to warrant his release from the team.

Bates signed a two-year deal with the Lions in 2018. Last season, playing almost exclusively on special teams, Bates had three tackles.

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