Lions LB Trevor Bates continues testing, mental health evaluation, agent says

Lions player allegedly punches police officer after arrest for refusing to pay cab fare, report says

Trevor Bates remains hospitalized for further evaluation after allegedly punching a police officer.

The Lions linebacker’s agent, Jeff Jankovich, released a statement Monday saying his client’s actions leading to his arrest are out of the ordinary.

“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,” the statement read. “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.”

According to a report from NBC Channel 4 New York, Bates was accused of refusing to pay a $32 cab fare at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET in New York and was arrested after the driver called the police.

The 25-year-old was taken to a police precinct and reportedly told he could leave after receiving a desk appearance ticket as long as he didn’t have any outstanding warrants.

Bates then became agitated, and while officers were trying to calm him down, he allegedly punched one in the face, causing him to get tased in an effort to be subdued.

The officer reportedly had to be taken to the hospital where he received three stitches above his left eye and was treated for a concussion.

In his statement, Jankovich expressed concern for the officer Bates is accused of hitting.

“We take this situation very seriously and express concern for Sergeant O’Brien and the members of the New York City Police Department,” the statement read. “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.”

Bates was originally drafted by the Colts in the seventh round of the 2016 draft. He was signed to the Lions practice squad for the 2018 season and played in nine games, making one start.