Lions linebacker allegedly assaults officer after arrest

The offseason in Detroit is already off to an exceedingly poor start.

Only a few weeks after Lions general manager Bob Quinn commented on head coach Matt Patricia’s alleged history of sexual assault by saying he’s not paid to do background checks, another member of the organization has run into trouble with the law.

Linebacker Trevor Bates was arrested in New York early Saturday morning after reportedly refusing to pay his cab fare. The situation got even worse when, after being taken in for processing, Bates allegedly punched an officer who was trying to help calm him down.

“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.”

Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates just contributed to the team’s poor start to the offseason. (Getty Images)

The 25-year-old Maine product was drafted in 2016 by the Indianapolis Colts and has already made stops with New England and New York before landing with the Lions in 2018. He was a member of the Patriots’ roster for the team’s Super Bowl victory over Atlanta in 2017.

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

The officer he is alleged to have assaulted was treated for a concussion and received three stitches for a cut above his eye. Bates was transported to Elmhurst Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. He is being charged with a felony for assaulting a police officer to go along with misdemeanors for resisting arrest and failure to pay a cab fare.

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