Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams was charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday after he shoved a man to the ground on the sidelines, moments following his team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The assault allegation was filed in Kansas City Municipal Court, accusing Adams of pushing photographer Ryan Zebley, thereby “causing whiplash and headache” and a “possible minor concussion,” according to a police report.
The incident occurred just after the final gun of Kansas City’s 30-29 victory over Las Vegas at Arrowhead Stadium.
Zebley fell back onto the turf while holding a bulky camera mount and other gear. He was quickly helped back to his feet by someone standing nearby.
Violation of this city ordinance could bring a fine of between $250 to $1,000, up to 180 days in jail or both. But if Adams has no previous criminal record, time behind bars would be highly unlikely, a spokesperson for the city prosecutor’s office said.
Adams apologized after the game, but also appeared to cast some responsibility on the man he pushed. The star wideout said the man had “ran or jumped in front of me” and “I bumped into him and kind of pushed him and he ended up on the ground.”
He’s scheduled to make a virtual court appearance on Nov. 14, one day after the Raiders played host to the Indianapolis Colts.
“As he indicated he immediately apologized but I can’t get into any further comment at this time,” Adams’ defense lawyer James Hobbs told NBC News on Wednesday.
Monday’s AFC West contest was carried by ESPN and the network identified the victim as a freelancer working within its “Monday Night Football” crew.