Arrested Detroit Lions' player Trevor Bates to have psychological evaluation
NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates is undergoing a psychological evaluation at a New York City hospital after his weekend arrest on charges accusing him of punching a police officer after failing to pay a taxi fare, his agent said Monday.
The evaluation is delaying Bates’ arraignment on charges including assault, resisting arrest and theft of services, authorities said.
“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,” agent Jeff Jankovich said in a statement.
Bates, 25, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at a hotel near LaGuardia Airport after allegedly refusing to pay a $32 cab fare for a ride from Manhattan.
Police say they were ready to let Bates go with an appearance ticket if he didn’t have any outstanding warrants. Bates, 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, refused to be fingerprinted and punched a sergeant in the face, police said.