The New York City Police Union described an NFL player’s behavior like one of a ‘wild animal,’ during an arrest over the weekend. Detroit Lions linebacker, Trevor Bates, was arrested late on Saturday when he reportedly punched an NYPD sergeant in the face, sending him to the hospital for stitches.
The reasoning behind Trevor Bates’ initial arrest was refusing to pay for his cab fare late on Saturday night. According to the NYPD, the 25 year old Detroit Lions linebacker was extremely upset, and began to grow violent with officers after being picked up around 3 a.m.
As Bates was taken into the station, and eventually set to be fingerprinted, he assaulted an NYPD sergeant, giving him a black eye, and a cut which needed stitches. His reasoning behind attacking the officer was childish to say the least. Bates said he “didn’t like the people in the room” while he was being fingerprinted.
The New York Police Department’s Sergeants Benevolent Association reflected on Trevor Bates’ actions over the weekend, referring to the NFL player as a “wild animal,” and a piece of “dog crap.”
According to The New York Times, the NYPD SBA is actually being criticized for the way they ‘described’ the inexcusable, and disgusting acts regarding Trevor Bates via Twitter.
“Trevor Bates acted beyond that of a wild animal,” the tweet read. “He refused to be fingerprinted, showed disdain for the officers & decided to punch a Sgt in the face. Fighting with officers, he was tasered & ripped the taser prongs from his body. He’s dog crap, and the NFL condones criminals.”
Joo-Hyun Kang, Director of Communities United for Police Reform, was upset with the language the union chose to use regarding Bates, labeling the language as racist in some way.
“If the allegations against Bates, including not paying his cab fare are true, he should be held accountable. But the constant use by N.Y.P.D. unions of racist dog whistles to dehumanize and criminalize black communities must be condemned, and end” Kang told the Times.
While some believe the language is some sort of far-fetched embedded racist code, others believe in simply calling it how you see it.
SBA president, Ed Mullins, claims the accusation of ‘racist’ language in the union’s tweet “is nonsense and an accusation probably designed to change the topic.”
The Detroit Lions issued a statement regarding the Trevor Bates situation, saying, “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.”
At the end of the day, Bates stiffed a cab driver on a ride when he makes millions of dollars a year playing football. Decisions have consequences, and for Trevor, his ended in his arrest. Instead of cooperating with police, he chose to become violent, which ended with him striking and injuring a police sergeant.
Instead of being a man, and owning up to his wrong doings, he decided to turn a bad situation into an extreme one. Trevor Bates was the root cause for all the negative things that happened that night, because he couldn’t swallow his pride and control himself. If you ask me, the description of “wild animal” and “dog crap” fits the man just right.