Las Vegas Raiders receiver Davante Adams has been charged with misdemeanor assault for shoving a photographer to the ground as he left the field after his team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Kansas City police said Adams pushed Ryan Zebley, who was working as a freelance photographer for ESPN, to the ground while running off the field following the Raiders’ 30-29 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The loss was the fourth in five games for a team that had been expected to compete for a playoff place this season.
Police called the push an “intentional, overt act” that caused whiplash, a headache and a possible minor concussion. Charges were filed on Wednesday morning in Kansas City.
Adams apologized in his postgame comments to the media and later on Twitter.
“He jumped in front of me coming off the field. I kind of pushed him. He ended up on the ground,” Adams said after the game. “I want to apologize to him for that. That was just frustration mixed with him really just running in front of me. I shouldn’t have responded that way, but that’s the way I responded. I want to apologize to him for that.”
The NFL is also investigating Adams’ actions, and he could face a fine and suspension.
Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said on Tuesday that he supports Adams and will cooperate in any investigation.
“We obviously don’t want any of our guys to be doing anything like that,” McDaniels said. “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, one of the best wide receivers in the league, had three catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He has 29 catches for 414 yards and five touchdowns so far in his first season with the Raiders.