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A cameraman has filed a police report alleging he was injured in an assault when Las Vegas Raiders’ wide receiver Davante Adams shoved him following the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory on Monday night, a Kansas City police spokesman said.
Kansas City police are investigating the incident and expect it to take more than one to two days, said Sgt. Jake Becchina, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department.
According to a police account of the incident, the victim of the alleged assault was a photographer at the football game at Arrowhead Stadium and “he was pushed to the ground causing injury” after the game. The photographer made his own arrangements to be taken to a hospital for treatment at which time he called police.
The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Detectives with the Kansas City Police Department’s assault unit will investigate the incident and upon completion will coordinate with the appropriate city or state prosecutor to determine whether any charges are warranted, Becchina said.
ESPN reported Tuesday that the cameraman was a freelancer working for the network’s Monday Night Football and was credentialed to be on the field. He was carrying equipment at the time of the incident.
During the game, Adams had a big night, catching three passes for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But in the final plays from scrimmage, he collided with a fellow teammate, and a pass from Raiders’ Derek Carr fell incomplete, sealing the team’s loss.
Adams was seen on live television pushing a cameraman to the ground following the Chiefs’ come-from-behind victory as he was headed to the locker room. After the shove, the cameraman was seen falling backward onto the ground.
After the game, Adams said:
“Before I answer anything else, I want to apologize to the guy. There was some guy running off the field and he ran and jumped in front of me. We were coming off the field and I bumped into him and kind of pushed him, and he ended up on the ground.
“I would like to say I’m sorry to him for that,” Adams continued. “That was just frustration mixed with running and literally running in front of me. I shouldn’t have responded that way but that’s how I, initially, responded so I want to apologize to him for that.”
“Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game,” Adams said on Twitter. “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.”
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported Adams is facing discipline, including a possible suspension from the league.
“Davante Adams is facing NFL discipline — and potentially even a suspension — for shoving a man to the ground after Monday night’s loss to the #Chiefs, per sources,” Pelissero wrote on Twitter. “The league is reviewing the situation.”
#Raiders WR Davante Adams is facing NFL discipline — and potentially even a suspension — for shoving a man to the ground after Monday night’s loss to the #Chiefs, per sources.
The league is reviewing the situation. Adams apologized through the media and again on Twitter.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 11, 2022
Star reporters Pete Grathoff and Bill Lukitsch contributed to this report.