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Lions LB Bates arrested in Queens

Lions LB Bates arrested in Queens

A football player attacked an NYPD officer after he was arrested for refusing to pay his cab fare early Saturday, police said. Bates, however, allegedly "refused to be printed and became increasingly agitated", punching O'Brien after the sergeant "attempted to calm" him.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn released a statement on Saturday.

"We are aware of the arrest of Trevor Bates earlier today in NY, ' A statement from Lions" General Manager, Bob Quinn, read.

"We have not spoken to Trevor as of yet and are still in the process of gathering more information", he said.

"The defendant is being held pending arraignment on a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, theft of services, and resisting arrest", Queens authorities announced.

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Bates was then taken to a police precinct and was reportedly told he could leave after receiving a desk appearance ticket as long as he didn't have any outstanding warrants.

The officer received three stitches above his eye and was treated or a minor concussion, police said.

Bates was drafted from the University of ME to the Colts in 2016.

Bates appeared in nine games for Detroit this season and recorded just three tackles.

Bates was detained and taken to Elmhurst Hospital for evaluation. He played only one season with the Colts, and spent a year with the Patriots but was waived the next season.