On Monday Night, Davante Adams and the Las Vegas Raiders were defeated 30-29 by division rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs. The star wide receiver had well over 100 yards and two touchdowns, but he and Hunter Renfrow ran into each other on their final play while trailing by a point. This resulted in an incompletion, sealing the loss.
Following that, Adams was very upset, slamming his helmet and shoving a cameraman who got in his way. He tweeted an apology, but that has since been deleted in the wake of criminal charges being levied against the star wideout.
The now-deleted tweet read:
"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."
He also apologized during his post-game press conference, but it didn't stop the cameraman from pressing charges. According to the New York Post, the cameraman may have suffered a concussion.
The cameraman's attorney, Dan Curry, said that his client showed symptoms of a concussion.
"He was nauseous immediately after the incident and he has some pain that he’s still dealing with today,” Curry was quoted as saying by the New York Post.
Davante Adams assault charge: Could Raiders star face jail time?
The star wide receiver has been formally charged with misdemeanor assault. In most states, that can result in jail time, but it varies. In Missouri, misdemeanor assault can be met with up to a year in jail for a Class A charge. If he's guilty of a Class C charge, the penalty is less steep; up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine.
In theory, it is possible that the wide receiver could see jail time, but it is incredibly unlikely. Even if he is found guilty of the charge, he probably won't be sentenced to jail. He will likely have to pay a hefty fine or settle out of court with the victim and get the charges dropped. To see Adams inside a jail cell would be quite the surprise.
At the very least, he'll have to pay some money and potentially receive a suspension or alternative fine from the NFL. Adams is unlikely to walk away unscathed, but will probably receive a lighter punishment than a non-NFL star would.
The Raiders are on a bye week now, so the NFL and the courts have time to decide on a punishment should it come to that.