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NFL linebacker stiffs cabbie and punches officer in the eye, causing concussion and temporary blindness: Cops

Authorities in New York City say a professional football player has been arrested following an early-morning incident that landed on police officer in the hospital.

According to the New York Post, 25-year-old Trevor Bates — a linebacker for the Detroit Lions — was accused of arriving in a cab at an East Elmhurst hotel in a cab and refusing to pay a fare totaling $32.

When police arrived at around 3 a.m. on Saturday, the suspect was arrested and transported to a station in Queens. Shortly thereafter, Bates allegedly became combative and struck one officer in the face, causing a gash near his eye and a momentary loss of vision.

Officials identified the injured officer as Sgt. James O’Brien. Bates allegedly attacked him as he attempted to record the suspect’s fingerprints.

“The sergeant assured him that it was no big deal,” said Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

Nevertheless, Bates allegedly flew into a rage that didn’t end even after other officers deployed a stun gun.

O’Brien was reportedly transported from the station to New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens for treatment of a concussion. He also received three stitches above one eye, according to officials.

Mullins said the suspected “ripped the prongs out” after he was hit by the non-lethal shock.

Police say he is expected to face criminal charges including second-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and theft of services.

Fox News reports Bates was also taken to an area hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

His mother expressed shock upon learning of the allegations against him.

“He’s a great guy,” Christy Bates said, adding that she is “waiting to hear back from the doctors.”

She said the NFL season had left her son “frayed,” adding that he appeared “very tired and out of it” the last time she saw him.

[Featured image: Trevor Bates, AP Photo/File]