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Davante Adams is a “GREAT GUY,” says Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels as receiver faces ban

While Las Vegas Raiders star Davante Adams is under investigation by Kansas City police and faces a possible suspension for shoving a photographer after Monday’s loss to the Chiefs, his head coach rushes to his defense and names the All-Pro wide receiver a “great guy”. .’

“I wholeheartedly support Davante as a person,” McDaniels told reporters Tuesday. “As a person, he’s a great guy. I know that was an unfortunate situation. Of course we don’t want one of our guys to do something like that. He knows it. He is well aware of that. But I know the person. I don’t think there was any intention on his part.’

McDaniels, in his first year as the Raiders head coach, conceded that the team would honor any penalty imposed from Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office.

“But whatever [the NFL] ask of us, whatever they ask of us, of course we will comply. But we’re kind of on hold [situation in terms of discipline] at this point.’

The photographer, who was pushed, was not identified by name but worked as a freelancer for ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew. The network declined to identify him to in an email, while the Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs have not responded to email inquiries on the matter.

Adams’ victim has filed a police report in Kansas City, a department spokesman told The department declined to identify the complainant.

“The victim is a photographer at the Chiefs/Raiders game,” the police narrative said. “At the end of the game he was knocked to the ground and injured. He organized private transport to the hospital for treatment, after which he called the police.

“The injuries are not considered life-threatening for the time being. The incident is being investigated by our Assault Unit detectives, upon completion they will coordinate with the appropriate city or state attorney’s office to determine any applicable charges.’

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 earlier this week. Adams, a longtime star with the Green Bay Packers prior to this season, has never had trouble with the NFL.

Adams, the NFL’s second-highest paid receiver with $28.2 million for the 2022 season, stormed off the field Monday night after the Raiders’ final drive came up short, handing the Chiefs a dramatic 30-29 win. As the visibly frustrated Adams approached the tunnel, an unidentified man with photographic equipment crossed the All-Pro’s path.

Then the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Adams pushed the man and watched him stumble backwards and to the ground. Security eventually helped the man to his feet as Adams casually walked into the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel.

Adams apologized via the media after the game.

“He jumped in front of me as I was coming off the field,” Adams said. “I kind of pushed him. He landed on the floor. I would like to apologize to him for that. That was just frustration mixed with him really just running in front of me.

“I shouldn’t have reacted like that, but that’s how I reacted. I would like to apologize to him for that.”

Adams also offered an apology on Twitter.

“Sorry about the guy I pushed after the game,” he tweeted. “Obviously I was very frustrated with the way the game ended and when he ran in front of me as we got out that was my reaction and I felt horrible straight away. That’s not me..MY EXCUSES man hope you see that.’

But not everyone bought the apology from Adams, who didn’t seem concerned at the time. One response on Twitter read, “I felt bad immediately afterwards,” but I walked past him like it didn’t mean anything.”

Another said: “Trash apologies on social media. It’s like that, so you try and you don’t look bad on the fans. Too late. You put someone down who was trying to do their job. I guess if I’m having a bad day, I should hold down the barista as he walks in front of me and then just tweet that I’m sorry.

Another follower wrote: “If you felt horrible straight away, why didn’t you help him to his feet and apologize straight away? You walked right past him with a flick of your wrist like a WTH guy. You might want to continue working on that humility. PS You can always find this guy and apologize to him directly.’

Adams was transferred to Las Vegas in March, reunited with fellow college quarterback Derek Carr and signed a five-year, $141.2 million deal with the Raiders.

The two-time All-Pro has 29 receptions and five touchdowns in five games, but the Raiders are a disappointing 1-4 on the year.

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