Las Vegas Raiders player charged with assault for pushing photographer down after game lost
A star player on the Las Vegas Raiders football team has been charged with bodily harm after pushing a photographer to the ground after losing a televised prime-time game.
Wide receiver Davante Adams was caught on the national broadcast pushing down a recognized photographer on his way to the locker room after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Video of the shove was shared widely on social media.
Adams continued to the locker room where he he apologized in front of news cameras about the incident but appeared to blame the photographer.
“Jumped in front of me, got out of the field and I bumped into him and kind of pushed him and he landed on the ground,” Adams told reporters.
“So I wanted to apologize to him for that because that was just frustration mixed with him literally just walking in front of me,” he added. “And that was, I shouldn’t have reacted that way, but that’s how I reacted initially, so I wanted to apologize to him for that.”
He also posted another apology on his social media account, but later deleted it.
On Wednesday the Kansas City District Court calculated Adams for assault over the incident. According to court documents, Adams had committed a “willful, manifest act” that caused “bodily harm” to the victim.
The photographer has been identified as Ryan Zebley, who claimed he suffered whiplash, a headache and possibly a mild concussion.
The nudge divided NFL fans, with some Raiders fans blaming the photographer, accusing him of exaggerating his injuries in pursuit of a major legal settlement, while others angered Adams for his behavior.
Raiders coach Josh McDaniels issued a statement in support of Adams, saying in part, “I know the person; I don’t think there was any intent on his part.”
Adams faces a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in prison if convicted. He is also expected to face some form of punishment from the NFL, either a fine or a suspension.
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