A former Giants practice squad player wound up in a squad car early Saturday morning — and that was just the beginning of a wild incident.
Trevor Bates was arrested for refusing to pay $32 cab fare at around 3 a.m. in Queens, and he proceeded to attack a police offer while inside the holding pen of the station, according to The New York Post and New York Daily News.
Bates played in a career-high nine games with the Detroit Lions this season, after spending two weeks with the Giants in 2017.
Bates refused to get fingerprinted and his rage turned violent when he jumped unsuspecting Sgt. James O’Brien and threw a punch that left the officer momentarily blinded, the Post reported.
“It happened out of the clear blue sky,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins told the tabloid. “He just wailed on the sergeant. The sergeant said he never saw it coming.”
Bates wasn’t slowed by a taser because “he ripped the taser prongs from his body,” according to the SBA’s verified Twitter account. It took multiple officers to subdue him. He was taken to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, the Post reported.
“The NFL condones criminals,” the SBA posted to Twitter.
Bates will be charged with second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, theft of services and resisting arrest, and he faces a maximum of seven years in prison, according to the report.
The incident comes nearly two years after Bates was celebrating a Super Bowl championship as a member of the New England Patriots practice squad.
Bates originally was a seventh-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts out of the University of Maine in 2016. He was released by the Patriots and Giants in 2017 and made three tackles for the Lions in 2018.
“We are aware of the arrest of Trevor Bates earlier today in New York,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn told the Detroit News. “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.”