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JUST IN: Detroit Lions’ GM Bob Quinn releases statement regarding LB Trevor Bates’ punching cop

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Feb 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

According to reports, a Detroit Lions linebacker punched a police officer after he was arrested in New York.

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From New York Post:

A Detroit Lions linebacker who was busted for skipping out on a cab fare early Saturday flew into a rage at a Queens stationhouse, allegedly punching a sergeant because he “didn’t like the people in the room,” police sources told The Post.

Trevor Bates, 25, was arrested around 3 a.m. for refusing to pay a livery cab fare in front of the Hampton Inn Hotel on Ditmars Boulevard in East Elmhurst, cops said.

Bates was taken to the 115th Precinct for processing, where he punched a sergeant in the left eye as the cop attempted fingerprint him, police said.

The sergeant had been trying to calm Bates, who was irate in his holding pen, police sources said.

Additional officers were called in to help secure Bates, who was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation.

The sergeant was taken to NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Queens, where he was released after being treated for a concussion and received three stitches above his eye, cops said.

Bates was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played in nine games for the Lions in 2018, recording just three tackles.

Now, the Detroit Lions have released a statement regarding Bates’ arrest:

“We are aware of the arrest of Trevor Bates earlier today in New York. 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.”

BONUS CONTENT:

On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions shocked just about everybody by announcing that Darrell Bevell would be their next offensive coordinator. Bevell’s name was rarely (if at all) mentioned as a potential candidate by the so-called “experts” and it was fun to watch the comments on social media flow in about whether or not it was the right hire.

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One person excited about the hire is Lions’ running back Kerryon Johnson. Johnson spoke to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press about his anticipation of playing for Bevell, a coach who has worked with running backs like Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch.

“Hopefully he can see a shade of me in those guys and hopefully that (means he’s) giving me the ball,” Johnson said Thursday. “That’s what every running back wants. But like I said, he’s dealt with a lot of talent, he’s won a lot of games, he’s dealt with a lot of talented players at every position and we want to win, I’m sure he wants to win, and we can get it done together.”

By most accounts, Bevell is a run-first offensive coordinator and that has Johnson hoping it means more touches for him.

“Obviously with my position, that makes me excited and I hope that is the direction we try to go in,” Johnson said. “But regardless of the direction I want us to go in, it’s about the team and how we win games. So if he wants to bring that and that’s where we go with it, that’s where we go with it. If not, if he sees our team go in a different direction and that’s what we do, as long as we win, I’m fine.”

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Johnson, who missed the end of his rookie season with a sprained knee said he is healed up and ready to roll.

“Little bit too late, but it’s nice to be able to bounce back,” he said. “It doesn’t always happen with injuries, knee injuries to be specific, but I’m good now and that’s all that matters.”

During his rookie campaign, Johnson showed flashes of greatness as he rushed for 641 yards (5.4 per attempt) and three touchdowns while adding 213 yards and another touchdown receiving.

If Kerryon can stay healthy, you can bet your bottom dollar that those stats will improve greatly in 2019.

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Written by Don Drysdale

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