New York police group bashes NFL after Trevor Bates arrest

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After Lions linebacker Trevor Bates was arrested and accused of punching a police officer, a New York police organization released a statement bashing the NFL.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association, which represents active and retired sergeants of the New York Police Department, released a statement ripping Bates and the league.

“Trevor Bates acted beyond that of a wild animal. 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,” the organization said on Twitter.

The police officers’ organization calling a person “dog crap” doesn’t exactly raise the quality of the discourse, and the reality is, the NFL does not condone criminals. The NFL actually has harsher punishments for its employees who commit crimes away from work than almost any employer in America. Neither the NFL, nor the NYPD, nor any other large organization can ensure that none of its employees ever commit a crime, but this statement says more about the Sergeants Benevolent Association than it says about the NFL.

39 responses to “New York police group bashes NFL after Trevor Bates arrest

  1. My sources tell me that it takes a pretty tough cookie to rip Taser prongs out of your body when the juice is flowing and the sparks are flying.

    With that said, the comments from this police organization reflect how our president, twitter, and social media have degenerated public discourse to a level that should embarrass and sadden all thinking people.

  2. I usually side with the law and the work they put in, but this was too far. As much as there are a lot of pretty bad people still in the league that have shown complete disdain for the law, this is a fringe player who is being held for a psychiatric evaluation because of how out of character this was for him. Straight up calling another person dog crap and “beyond a wild animal” is absurd, and him losing control does not mean the NFL condones criminals, it should be pretty clear because this guy will never get another chance. What the NFL condones is talent that trumps bad behavior.

  3. I’m expecting many comments considered with nuance and written with eloquence on the issue of police-minority relations in this country.

  4. Bravo NYPD, call it what it is. I think it’s simply delicious that the police stand up for themselves!! Kudos! Hopefully the Sgt. sues this millionaire civilly for BIG $$$$$$$!

  5. On the contrary. Fans, media, which include law enforcement officials are tired of the NFL and their players who act like rules don’t apply to them. From fixing games, to their own standard of injustice, to pompous owners who gut teams fan base by relocating, to the changes in the game that quote unquote are for safety, concussion protocol, steroid use, obscene remarks, legal issues, the game today simply has no integrity.

  6. It says they are tired of the NFL’s nonsense. I don’t blame them, their “harshness” hasn’t exactly deterred any more run ins. So worth eother the NFLs punishments are useless or those transgressing at flat out stupid. Is this really a surprise? The NFL’s ignoring the constant police bashing their employees says it all

  7. If he would have obeyed the officers commands and figure it out afterwards he wouldn’t have been taxed. He obviously has no respect for himself let alone the law. I hope he gets the book thrown at him. Nooo Plea Bargin.

  8. Referring to a fellow citizen as an “animal” and a “piece of crap” reinforces the message players such as Colin Kaepernick chose to kneel about. Shame on the men in blue.

  9. chazthespaz says:
    January 28, 2019 at 3:43 pm
    Hey NY Cops, way to stoop to his level.

    People who think calling someone “dog crap” is equal to punching a cop in the face? Surprised you’re not asking for the cops to be arrested or at least fired.

    As Gilligan would say, “we’re doomed skipper”.

  10. He’s dog crap and the NFL condones criminals,

    I don’t know, but I suspect The police department doesn’t support these words. Especially with the amount of charitable work being done by the players.

    My guess is these words were made by someone who has access to their twitter account after a few rounds.

  11. Lets paint everyone with one brush (NFL players are animals) while denying that the cops do not discriminate.

    Lets just treat everyone no matter their profession how we ourselves would like to be treated.

  12. Sounds like a statement written by an angry junior high kid. Police officers also have bad apples in their ranks. Doesn’t make all cops bad guys or mean all police forces tolerate bad cops. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw dog crap.

  13. Good to see this organization showing it’s true colors. I imagine such a strong statement was not directed at its fellow officers in Milwaukee over beating that fellow that plays in the NBA. I am not aware of any business that condones criminals –except for police–blue wall of silence. While it’s it seems wrong that Kareem hunt will play in the nfl again, remember –it’s the law that that did not lock him up. Stop blaming sports leagues for nit doing what the law should.

  14. Cops go to work and risk their lives everyday to keep us safe. Cops have to deal with the lowest creeps in our society everyday, all day long.

    Their description of him is correct, and good for them to actually say it instead of being PC about it.

  15. That post came from a group of police SUPERVISORS who had time to think things out before making the post. (Imagine what their immediate-response post would have looked like.) Any wonder why so many people are scared of the police these days? At times you might be better off dealing with the bad guys rather than the cops.

  16. People are going to take the “wild animal” comment and play the race card, but if Trevor Bates actually did what the police are claiming he did, then he was definitely acting like an animal. That is what a wild animal would do.

  17. I suppose they did stoop to a level. The same one that’s been used against cops since the lie about Hands up don’t shoot. Lot of agendas and people all too ready to jump on cops. Not just a cop or a couple, just cops. There’s a word for that, just can’t remember what you call it when you assign qualities to all members of a group when only a few are responsible. Glad that doesn’t happen to civilians. Especially those who have been victims of prejudice. You’d think they’d get it.

  18. Absolutely nothing happened to Robby Anderson, a New York Jet, this past offseason in a similar situation.

    Anderson threatened to sexually assault an officer’s wife.

    Goodell literally did nothing.

  19. As if New York hasn’t had its fair share of bad cops over the years that committed crimes themselves.

    Any group you can name has good and bad people, people who are well intentioned and make mistake and people who are bad people and intentionally do bad things.

  20. How many hundreds of cops would the NYPD lose if they were held to the same behavior standards as NFL Players are by the league?

  21. While I greatly appreciate the job law enforcement puts in day in and day out with no off season, calling out an organization because of one of its 1,696 independent contractors is rather over the top seeing as that there are innumerable instances of its own specific member agency where lawlessness abounded.

  22. The average NFL team employs about 3,700 people including all workers, concession, players, coaches, support staff, etc. 32 teams; that’s about 100k. Now add every other person employed by the NFL front offices, TV, and other affiliated areas of work. There are probably close to a quarter of a million people, if not more, associated with the NFL in some way. Take any cross section of any industry that employs that many people, and you will find deranged, cruel, evil, criminal low-life’s. Construction? Real estate? heck, let’s look at the “hero” careers: Police, Veterans, Fire Fighters, Clergy!; and you will find bad people (we read about them almost every day). The NFL is no different, and, some would argue more strict so as not to tarnish their precious image.

    There some real pukes in all corners of society. And those bad eggs can give the rest, the vast majority who are truly very good people, a bad rap. The NFL is just much more visible.

    Is this young man a truly bad seed, or is he a good guy that went haywire? I/we don’t know the answer to that yet. I do know, that the response from the “Sergeants Benevolent Association” should have been better thought out. Also, they may not be the spokesperson of choice of some, or most, of our great and courageous mean and women in Blue.

  23. The guy clearly has mental issues and dealing with/arresting somebody that is having a mental episode is never going to easy. This kind of behavior is something police deal with every day so its not like they don’t know how to handle it. And don’t handle it by going on Twitter and call that person dog crap. If he wasn’t in a mental hospital it would be a different story, as is it is very unbecoming of how law enforcement should behave. If I was a member of that association I would get out and stop sending them membership dues.

  24. Of course they did..why would you expect anything less from a police organization? Especially in New York.

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