Report: Raiders’ Davante Adams Charged With Misdemeanor Assault For Postgame Shove Of Cameraman
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams has officially been charged with misdemeanor assault in Municipal Court of Kansas City, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Adams shoved a photographer, now identified as Ryan Zebley. Zebley, who was working as a freelance photographer for MNF, has claimed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries that required him to be hospitalized. The incident occurred after the Raiders’ Monday Night Football game against division rival Kansas City Chiefs.
According to court documents posted by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Adams has been accused of committing an “intent, overt act” that resulted in “bodily injury” being inflicted. Charges were officially filed on Wednesday. Adams is scheduled to appear in court on November 10th. Police say that Zebley had notified them at approximately 10:30 pm, shortly after the incident happened. Zebley is also claimed to have told police that he was a victim of assault.
The 30-29 loss to the Chiefs had Adams frustrated on the sidelines. The receiver was seen on the Raiders sidelines throwing his helmet to the turf. Game officials had reversed a big catch made by Adams to an incomplete pass, arguing that he never had full control of the ball at the time he was tapping his left foot inbounds. The catch would’ve put the Raiders well within field goal range for kicker Daniel Carlson. Subsequently, Adams collided with teammate Hunter Renfrow on the Raiders’ last play from scrimmage. The play resulted in a turnover on downs.
The Chiefs improve to 4-1 in the AFC and have a commanding lead in the AFC West. Meanwhile, the Raiders drop to 1-4 to start the 2022 NFL Season. As Adams was walking towards the locker room, he shoved Zebley to the ground as the photographer was walking across his face. Raiders Head Coach Josh McDaniels spoke to media on Tuesday, defending Adams’ character.
“We obviously don’t want any of our guys to be doing anything like that. He knows that. He’s very well aware of that. But I know the person; I don’t think there was any intent behind it, on his part.”
Adams has expressed remorse in both the locker room and social media, adamantly stating that such behavior is not who he is and hopes that he can be forgiven. “Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game,” Adams said on Twitter. “Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran in front of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately. That’s not me..MY APOLOGIES man hope you see this.”
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