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Police say Bucs' Gates assaulted pregnant woman

TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers running back Lionel Gates was
arrested and charged with hitting a pregnant woman in the face and
pushing her into a wall during an argument.


Lionel Gates Gates

The 25-year-old player was being held Friday with no bond, jail
records said.


Gates kicked in the front door of Peggie Lavender's apartment
Thursday night, destroyed two televisions and two doors, put a hole
in the bedroom wall and assaulted her, a Hillsborough County
Sheriff's Office report said. He was arrested later at his
apartment in the same complex.


Gates was charged with burglary of a dwelling, aggravated
battery of a pregnant woman and criminal mischief. A call to his
lawyer, Ken Sarnoff, was not immediately returned. The team had no
immediate comment.


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

Gates was signed by Tampa Bay in September after being released
by Buffalo. He played in college at Louisville and was drafted by
the Bills in 2005.