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Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Geno Hayes arrested Monday morning

TAMPA — Bucs starting LB Geno Hayes' arrest early Monday won't affect his status for Sunday's game against the Lions, coach Raheem Morris said.

Hayes, 23, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing at 2 a.m. at Tampa's Blue Martini nightclub, 2223 N West Shore Blvd. in International Plaza.

Police used a Taser on Hayes after he became aggressive with them during an incident that started with another man, police said. Hayes overheard that a security guard wouldn't let his friend into the lounge for being underdressed. Police said Hayes pushed a police officer out of the way to stand between her and two 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. Police led him to the parking lot and told him not to return or he could be arrested.

Hayes came back 10 minutes later, police said, saying he'd left his credit card inside. Police told him to wait while a friend looked for it. That was when bar employees told police they overheard Hayes directing expletives toward the officer, adding, "You ain't gonna do nothing. I ain't leaving. I don't have to leave."

An officer used a Taser on Hayes when he continued to be combative, police said. His thick clothing rendered the device ineffective, and an officer tackled and handcuffed Hayes. He was booked at 3:35 a.m. and released on bond at 5:12 a.m., according to jail records.

Morris denied a discipline problem with the team despite a third arrest this season. Former TE Jerramy Stevens (felony marijuana possession) and WR Mike Williams (DUI) have been arrested in recent months.

"Discipline in the building is as strict as it can be," Morris said. "You get fined for being a second late to a meeting — a lot of money. … It's not about discipline inside the building. It's about having the awareness in how to deal with normal people, so to speak. They've got to realize they're under the microscope at all times. And you've got to have the ability to walk away."

Hayes will be disciplined in-house, Morris said. That likely will include a significant fine.

"We're disappointed Geno put himself in this situation, are currently reviewing it and will handle the matter accordingly," GM Mark Dominik said.

Hayes had a dispute with police after a Tallahassee bar fight in 2007 while at Florida State, but charges from that incident were ultimately dropped after a pretrial diversion program.

NICE GESTURE: With Raymond James Stadium well short of sellouts in all of this season's home games, the Bucs have put those empty seats to good use.

The team continues a practice it has used all season, extending upgrades to club seats for season-ticket holders with general-seating tickets.

A team spokesman said the gesture will be offered to every season-ticket holder once during the season, giving them the option to sit in a premium area where tickets can cost more than twice as much. Club seats allow access to sports bars, lounges, video walls and more.

When their turn arrives, fans receive e-mails instructing them how to redeem their current seats for club seats.

WHERE'S WILLIAMS?: Williams, the Bucs' leading receiver, had just one catch for 15 yards Sunday, both season lows. But that's not a reflection of Williams' play. Instead, it's a result of defenses using bracket coverage against him and denying him the ball.

"I'm seeing Cover 2 (coverage) — period," Williams said. "Sometimes they go man-to-man, but there's always a safety over the top."

The upside?

"They're going to have to start honoring other people," he said. "Sometimes they'll double (TE) Kellen (Winslow), and that's when I'll get a catch. But if we just get the ball to Rejus (Benn), then that's fine."

Times staff writers Joe Smith, Emily Nipps and Ileana Morales contributed to this report.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Geno Hayes arrested Monday morning 12/13/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 13, 2010 11:54pm]

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