Kansas City police have publicly identified the freelancer who was shoved over by Davante Adams on the sideline of Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night.
Ryan Zebley, a freelance photographer and cameraperson, was working for ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew during the Raiders-Chiefs game when he was pushed over by the frustrated Adams and ultimately hospitalized. Zebley filed a complaint Tuesday, alleging that he suffered whiplash, a headache, and possibly a minor concussion as a result of his fall.
Adams was cited for misdemeanor assault on Wednesday over the incident, a police spokesman told DailyMail.com. Misdemeanor assault in Missouri can be punished with imprisonment for up to 15 days and a fine of up to $750.
Zebley had not been identified until Wednesday, when the police released the charges against Adams.
Adams, the NFL’s second-highest paid receiver at $28.2 million for the 2022 season, was storming off the field on Monday night after the Raiders’ final drive fell short, giving the Chiefs a dramatic 30-29 win. As the visibly frustrated Adams approached the tunnel, Zebley crossed the All-Pro’s path.
It was then that 6-foot-1, 215-pound Adams shoved Zebley and watched as he stumbled backwards and down to the ground. Security ultimately helped Zebley to his feet as Adams casually walked into the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel.
Footage of the incident does not clearly show Zebley, but he appears to be seen in the background of other photographs from the game, including one of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce celebrating a touchdown.
Ryan Zebley (circled), the freelancer who was pushed over by Adams, appears in this picture of Travis Kelce celebrating a touchdown on Monday night in Kansas City. Zebley is seen on the background in brown pants with a piece of equipment in his hands
While Las Vegas Raiders star Davante Adams is being investigated by Kansas City police and faces a possible suspension for shoving a photographer following Monday’s defeat to the Chiefs, his head coach is rushing to his defense, calling the All-Pro wide receiver a ‘great guy’
josh McDaniels: ‘As a person, [Adams is] a great guy. I know that was an unfortunate situation’
Adams, the NFL’s second-highest paid receiver at $28.2 million for the 2022 season, was storming off the field on Monday night after the Raiders’ final drive fell short, giving the Chiefs a dramatic 30-29 win. As the visibly frustrated Adams approached the tunnel, Ryan Zebley crossed the All-Pro’s path and was promptly shoved to the ground
While Adams faces a likely suspension for shoving Zebley following Monday’s defeat to the Chiefs, his head coach rushed to his defense Tuesday, calling the All-Pro wide receiver a ‘great guy.’
‘I support Davante wholeheartedly as a human being,’ McDaniels told reporters Tuesday. ‘As a person, he’s a great guy. I know that was an unfortunate situation. We obviously don’t want any of our guys to be doing anything like that. He knows that. He’s very well aware of that. But I know the person. I don’t think there was any intent behind it on his part.’
McDaniels, in his first year as Raiders head coach, acknowledged that the team would abide by whatever punishment gets handed down from Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office.
‘But whatever [the NFL] asks of us, whatever they need from us, obviously we’ll comply. But we’re kind of in a wait-and-see [situation in terms of discipline] at this point.’
The league is also reviewing the incident and a suspension remains a possibility, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Pelissero’s colleague, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, suggested that ‘this one feels like more than a fine.’
The NFL is expected to rule on the matter early this week. Adams, a longtime Green Bay Packers star prior to this season, has never been in trouble with the NFL.
A police report was provided to DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
‘The victim is a photographer at the Chiefs/Raiders game,’ read the police narrative. ‘At the end of the game, he was pushed to the ground causing injury. He made arrangements for private transport to the hospital for treatment at which time he called police.
‘The injuries are preliminarily thought to be non-life threatening. The incident will be investigated by our Assault Unit detectives, upon completion they will coordinate with the applicable city or state prosecutor to determine any applicable charges.’
Stunned onlookers watch as Ryan Zebley falls to the turf at the end of Monday’s game
Adams claimed he ‘felt horrible immediately’ after shoving the man identified as Ryan Zebley
Adams apologized through the media after the game.
‘He jumped in front of me coming off the field,’ Adams said. ‘I kind of pushed him. He ended up on the ground. I want to apologize to him for that. That was just frustration mixed with him really just running in front of me.
‘I shouldn’t have responded that way, but that’s the way I responded. I want to apologize to him for that.’
Adams also offered an apology on Twitter.
‘Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game,’ he tweeted. ‘Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran infront (sic) of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately. Thats not me..MY APOLOGIES man hope you see this.’
But not everyone was buying the apology from Adams, who didn’t appear concerned at the time. One reply on Twitter read: ”’I felt bad immediately after” but I passed him up like it meant nothing.’
Another said: ‘Garbage apology on social media. That’s so you try and not look bad to the fans. Too late. You pushed someone down who was trying to do there job. I guess when I’m having a bad day I should push the barista down as they walk in front of me then just post an I’m sorry in Twitter’.
A different follower wrote: ‘If you felt horrible immediately, why didn’t you help him up and apologize immediately? You walked right past him with a flick of your wrist like WTH dude. Might want to keep working on that humbleness. PS you can find that guy any time and apologize to him directly.’
Adams was dealt to Las Vegas in March, reuniting with his college quarterback, Derek Carr, and signing a five-year, $141.2 million deal with the Raiders.
The two-time All-Pro has 29 receptions and five touchdowns through five games, but the Raiders are a disappointing 1-4 on the year.
The Raiders have since signed veteran receiver Albert Wilson as Adams awaits his league punishment.
A number of fans were left unimpressed by the apology Adams offered on Twitter