Las Vegas Raiders star wide receiver Davante Adams is facing legal ramifications from his controversial sideline shove of a credentialed photographer following a loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
The photographer, a freelance media worker for ESPN, fell to the ground, and Adams kept walking to the locker room, not stopping to render aid or apologize.
Adams’ Court Date is Set for November 10
Adams was charged with a count of misdemeanor assault by the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City Municipal Court, law enforcement authorities announced Wednesday, with a court date set for Nov. 10.
The citation indicates that Adams committed an “intentional, overt act” resulting in “bodily injury,” and stated that the two-handed shove “was unlawful offensive contact,” “causing whiplash, headache and a potential concussion.”
“[The victim] made arrangements for private transport to the hospital for treatment at which time he called police,” the incident report stated. “The injuries are preliminarily thought to be non-life threatening.”
Adams apologized in interviews and on social media. However, that didn’t stop him from facing legal issues stemming from the incident.
And now, the Raiders wide receiver, acquired in a blockbuster trade from the Green Bay Packers this offseason, is facing potential NFL discipline, according to a league source. Adams could be fined and/or suspended for his actions.
“Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game,” Adams wrote on social media. “Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran infront of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately. Thats not me..MY APOLOGIES man hope you see this.”
Regardless of whether he saw the apology or not, the damage was done. Now, Adams faces potential consequences for his actions.
The NFL is expected to render some type of discipline against Adams. It’s just a matter of how severe the discipline will be. Obviously, the league doesn’t want this to happen again and will set an example with how it handles the situation.