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Bucs Player Accused Of Assaulting Pregnant Woman

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The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA - A Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back was arrested early this morning after kicking a pregnant woman’s door in, destroying her property, hitting her in the face and pushing her into a wall after arguing about whether he is the father of the woman’s unborn child, according to an arrest report filed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

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Lionel Theron Gates, 25, was charged with assault on a pregnant woman, burglary of an occupied dwelling, and criminal mischief of $1,000 or more – all felonies. Deputies say Gates broke into the woman’s apartment 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Gates, a running back, was signed to the Bucs’ practice squad in December. He was arrested at 12:50 a.m. at 6203 Savannah Breeze Court in Tampa, according to jail records. An arrest affidavit filed by deputies lists that complex as his home address as well.

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Gates is being held at the Orient Road Jail without bond, according to jail records.

A call to his attorney, Ken Sarnoff, was not immediately returned.

‘‘Charges such as those facing Lionel Gates are taken seriously by the Buccaneers organization,’’ the team said in a statement today. ‘‘We plan to meet with Lionel as soon as possible after which we will deal with this matter appropriately.’‘

Gates, a Jacksonville native, played college football at Louisville and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2005.

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Information from wire services was used in this report.

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