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 June 25, 2023

Charges against NFL star Davante Adams dropped

The New York Post reports that the assault charge that Davante Adams was facing has been dropped. 

Adams is a National Football League player (NFL), who plays as a wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders. He was facing a criminal assault charge for an incident that occurred back on October 10, 2022.

On that particular day, Adams' Raiders faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders ended up losing to the Chiefs by one point, with the final score being 30 to 29.

The incident that led to the assault charge took place immediately after the game. Take a look:

The above video shows Adams walking to the locker room just after losing to the Chiefs. As he is walking, he comes up to a cameraman and Adams forcefully pushes the cameraman to the ground.

While the cameraman is on the ground, Adams stops, stands there, and looks at the cameraman for a moment. Then Adams proceeds to walk past the cameraman - who is still on the ground - to the locker room.

The cameraman was then helped to his feet by a security guard.

Later that day, Adams apologized to the cameraman via Twitter. He wrote:

Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game. 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.

The cameraman has since been identified as 20-year-old Park Zebley. At the time, he was working as a freelance photographer for ESPN's Monday Night Football. Zelby, despite Adams's apology, decided to press charges against Adams, and he also brought a civil case against the NFL player.

In the meantime, the NFL, itself, investigated the incident. But, the league did not take any action, instead deciding to allow the situation to play out in the courts.

The Kansas City Municipal Court subsequently cited Adams, finding that Adams "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.”

Now, however, the prosecutor has decided that the charge is not worth pursuing. And so, the criminal case against Adams has been dropped.

Adams, though, is not completely off the hook just yet. Zelby, according to reports, is still pursuing the matter civilly.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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