UPDATED: 9:45 - Following Tampa Bay's 17-16 victory at Washington, Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes was arrested at 2:05 a.m. early Monday morning. Hayes was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors of disorderly conduct and trespassing at the Blue Martini lounge at International Plaza in Tampa, Fla. According to TBO.com, Hayes was tasered by police after he was told to leave the nightclub by management and was belligerent while being escorted to the parking lot. According to the arresting officer, Hayes was "loud, verbally abusive and made threats to myself and staff from the club."
The 23-year old Hayes was booked at 3:35 a.m. and released at 5:12 a.m. on Monday after posting $750 bail.
This marks the second time Hayes has been arrested and Tasered at a nightclub. In September 2007, Hayes was arrested at the age of 20 while at Florida State at Potbelly’s Bar in Tallahassee, Fla. and charged with three misdemeanors: assault on an officer, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct. Those matters were satisfied with pretrial intervention.
Hayes, a sixth-round draft pick in 2008, is the third Buccaneer to be arrested since the start of the 2010 football season. Rookie wide receiver Mike Williams was arrested on a DUI suspicion charge on November 19 and former tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on drug charges on September 23.
Hayes, Tampa Bay's starting weakside linebacker for the past two years, had three tackles and a sack in the Bucs' win over the Redskins on Sunday. Should Hayes be suspended for this Sunday's home game against Detroit, the Bucs' linebacking corps might take quite a hit. Tampa Bay also lost starting strongside linebacker Quincy Black to a broken forearm in Sunday's win over Washington. If Hayes is held out of the Lions game, Adam Hayward would likely replace Hayes as a starter while rookie Dekoda Watson fills in for Black at strongside linebacker.
Pewter Report's Charlie Campbell also contributed to this report.