Raiders’ Davante Adams exonerated as assault charge gets dropped by Kansas City Court in photographer shove incident

The Las Vegas Raiders star All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams found himself entangled in a legal battle after pushing ESPN’s 20-year-old freelance reporter, Ryan Zebley to the ground while running off the field following his team’s 30-29 loss to Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs.

Fortunately, Adams is now free from the legal battle and no longer facing a misdemeanor assault charge as a prosecutor dismissed the charge, and the case was closed, per a spokesperson for the Kansas City municipal court.

Legal victory for Raiders’ Davante Adams

Following the “Monday Night Football” Raiders’ defeat on October 10, Davante was heading to the locker room and pushed Zebley with two hands on the way who reportedly went through whiplash, a headache, and a possible minor concussion from the incident.

The California native later took to Twitter to apologize for the incident, albeit the reporter didn’t halt back from pressing charges and suing the football player.

“Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game. Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran in front of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately. That’s not me…MY APOLOGIES man hope you see this”, the tweet said.

The NFL decided not to punish the Raiders star following an investigation, however, the battle continued as days after the incident, the Kansas City Municipal Court disclosed a statement saying the 30-year-old veteran “did, by an intentional, overt act, inflict bodily injury or cause an unlawful offensive contact upon [the victim] by pushing [him] to the ground using two hands causing whiplash, headache and a possible minor concussion.”

The misdemeanor charge brought against the six-time Pro Bowl selection was dismissed on June 5 and his attorney, J.R. Hobbs declined to comment on the incident on Friday.

How many rings does Adams have?

Adams spent the first eight seasons of his career in Green Bay and was a first-team All-Pro wide receiver the last two seasons with his former team, however, the All-Pro wide receiver decided to end his journey with the Packers and later joined the Raiders in the 2022 season.

In his first season with the Raiders, the Las Vegas football prodigy caught 100 passes for 1,516 along with 14 touchdowns, and recorded 87 touchdowns throughout 133 games with the Packers and Raiders.

Davante Adams

Despite being named a first-team All-Pro in each of the past three seasons, one of the biggest grief for the veteran WR is not getting the chance of wearing any Super Bowl ring till now.

However, Adams continues making headlines for his exceptional performances on the football field and hopefully, he will continue to focus on making significant contributions to the Raiders squad and thrill fans with incredible athleticism on the gridiron rather than off-field controversies.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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