Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes was arrested outside a night club around 2 am Monday morning for disorderly conduct and trespassing after a warning. He was released from the Hillsborough County Jail a few hours later after paying a $750 bond and will ‘be disciplined in house’, according to head coach Raheem Morris.
As stated in the police report, a belligerent and combative Hayes refused to exit the Blue Martini Lounge after being asked numerous times to leave, and was eventually shot with a stun gun and then tackled to the ground by an arresting officer.
Hayes became argumentative when two of his friends were denied entry back into the club following a dispute that occurred inside. When asked to leave, after his friends had exited, Hayes pushed a female officer, who was on duty at the bar, and began to make derogatory statements towards the woman and the security personnel. . . rookie mistake.
He was eventually taken outside by another officer and told not to return but decided to go back into the club about 10 minutes later, claiming that he had forgotten his credit card inside. . . another rookie mistake. This excuse didn’t fool the officer who informed the NFL player to stay outside. According to bar personnel on the scene, Hayes said “Bitch ass cop. You ain’t gonna do nothing. I ain’t leaving. I don’t have to leave.” Which, of course, provoked the cop and escalated the situation and led to an arrest.
In an attempt to restrain Hayes, the police officer fired a stun gun, but was unsuccessful due to the thickness of Hayes’ clothing so taking a play out of the Buccaneers playbook, he tackled him instead.
Once the former sixth round draft pick was on the ground, the cuffs were slapped on and he was taken to the county jail, where he cheesed for the mug shot shown above.
Hayes’ arrest is just the latest addition to the Bucs list of disciplinary problems this year. Before the season started, cornerback Aqib Talib was arrested for punching a cabbie and suspended until week two. In October, tight end Jerramy Stevens was busted for the possession of marijuana, and just last month wide receiver Mike Williams was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Expect some sort of disciplinary action to be handed down later this week by the Bucs and it may include some sort of anger management classes.
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