Hayes, 23, was jailed shortly after his 2:00 a.m. arrest at the Blue Martini, 2223 North Westshore Boulevard in the International Plaza mall. The alleged incident happened hours after the Bucs defeated the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon.
According ot the St. Pete Times story, police used a Taser (“don’t tase’ me bro”) on Hayes after he became aggressive with police during an incident that started with another man. Hayes overheard a security guard wouldn’t let his friend into the lounge for being under-dressed. Police said Hayes pushed a police officer out of the way to stand between her and two (2) disruptive men.
Police said the man denied entry was verbally abusive, and police directed Hayes back into the lounge and forced the other men to leave.
Instead, police said Hayes stayed at the lounge entrance, “menacingly staring” at the officers and guards who made his friends leave. Police eventually led him to the parking lot and told him not to return or he could be arrested for continuing disorderly behavior.
Hayes was back ten (10) minutes later. He said he’d left his credit card, and police told him to sit at a nearby store while a friend looked for the card.
Bar employees told police they overheard Hayes saying, “B-tch a– cop. You ain’t gonna do nothing. I ain’t leaving. I don’t have to leave.”
[ Note to readers: This is where things went wrong. Do NOT do this!! ]
An officer ended up using a Taser on Hayes because he continued to be combative and refused to leave, police said. His thick clothing made the device ineffective, and an officer tackled and handcuffed Hayes.
Hayes, a 6-foot-1, 226-pound former Florida State University standout, was drafted by the Bucs in 2008 and began starting games in 2009, replacing Derrick Brooks. He has started all 13 games this season, amassing 61 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and an interception.