TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - According to witnesses, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Rafael A Reyes was inside the Hyde Park Cafe when he fell against a ceramic pot.
He got up thinking that another individual, Eduardo Mora, had pushed him into the pot and the two exchanged words.
Mora then punched Reyes in the face with his fist.
The Hyde Park Cafe bouncers grabbed Mora at which time Reyes, who appeared to be intoxicated, began to spit blood on the people in the area and began to swing his arms about.
The bouncers attempted to control the 6'1" 240 LB pitcher but could not, and Reyes began pushing them.
Tampa Police Officer S. Barber, who was working extra-duty at the establishment, approached and yelled "Stop Police!"
When Reyes continued spitting blood and thrashing about, Officer Barber advised Reyes that he was going to deploy his taser.
Shortly thereafter, he did exactly that, knocking Reyes to the ground.
However, Reyes began to get up, ignoring commands to stay down.
When the taser was deployed a second time, Reyes gave in.
Reyes was arrested and charged with Affray and released on his own recognizance.
Eduardo Mora was also arrested and charged with battery and was released on his own recognizance.