The Raiders’ Davante Adams is facing a lawsuit for allegedly shoving the photographer after the game against the Chiefs
A photographer, wide receiver Davante Adams, who allegedly shoved after a Monday Night Football game, has filed a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Raiders star.
According to Missouri court filings, the lawsuit also named the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders, the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority and Landmark Events Staffing as defendants.
University of Missouri-Kansas City student Park Zebley was accredited and worked for a local production company hired by ESPN to cover the week five game.
When Adams left the field at the end of the game, Zebley appeared to have been pushed so hard he was thrown off his feet.
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Adams was later charged with assault, but Zebley has decided to pursue legal action against the NFL star, according to The Kansas City Star.
“One municipal battery charge isn’t enough,” Zebley said in a statement to the Star. “I seek justice. You can’t knock someone down and just run away like it didn’t happen. Not in real life.”
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The lawsuit alleges that the Chiefs, the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority and Landmark Events Staffing “failed to provide the required level and quality of on-field safety.”
According to court records, Adams is being sued for assault. The Raiders face one count of vicarious liability and authorization and one count of negligent supervision.
The lawsuit also mentioned that Zebley received death threats from Raiders fans after his identity became public shortly after the incident.
“In the days that followed, the media and various fans of the Las Vegas Raiders and Adams (Zebley’s) discovered his identity, divulged his contact information and made death threats against him, as well as other generally hateful comments,” the Stern said in the lawsuit.
“Fearing for his own safety,[Zebley]sought counseling and stayed away from his home.”
Dan Curry, an attorney representing Zebley, said his client is seeking compensation for the pain he has endured in the months since the incident.
“We’re just getting started but[Zebley]is seeking redress for what happened to him and if a jury has to decide then they will,” Curry said.
Adams apologized in October.
“Sorry about the guy I knocked over after the game,” Adams wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “Obviously I was very frustrated with how the game ended and when he ran in front of me when I left, that was my reaction and I felt horrible straight away.”
The NFL didn’t suspend Adams last season, but it remains unclear if the league will impose any type of penalty going forward.
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Adams is scheduled to appear in court on June 26 on misdemeanor charges. A case management conference related to the lawsuit is scheduled for August 23.