Kansas City police have publicly identified the Freelancer who was pushed by Tawande Adams on the sidelines of Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night.
Freelance photographer and videographer Ryan Zebley was working for ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew during the Raiders-Chiefs game when he was pushed by a frustrated Adams and ended up hospitalized. Cepley filed the complaint Tuesday, alleging whiplash, headaches and a minor concussion as a result of the fall.
A police spokesman told DailyMail.com that Adams was charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday in connection with the incident. Misdemeanor assault can be punished in Missouri Up to 15 days in jail and a fine of up to $750.
Zebley was not identified until Wednesday when police released the charges against Adams.
Adams, the NFL’s second-highest-paid receiver at $28.2 million for the 2022 season, walked off the field Monday night after the Raiders’ final drive failed, giving the Chiefs a dramatic 30-29 win. As a visibly frustrated Adams approached the tunnel, Jebli crossed the All-Pro’s path.
That’s when the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Adams shoved Zebley and watched as he stumbled backwards and fell to the ground. The defense eventually helped Cepley when Adams casually made his way into the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel.
Footage of the incident does not clearly show Zebley, but he is seen in the background of other photos from the game, including Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce celebrating a touchdown.
Freelancer Ryan Zebley (circled), pushed by Adams, appears in this photo of Travis Kelce celebrating Monday night’s touchdown in Kansas City. Zebley is seen in the background in brown pants with a piece of equipment in his hands
Las Vegas Raiders star Davante Adams is being investigated by Kansas City police and faces suspension for shoving a photographer following Monday’s loss to the Chiefs, with his head coach rushing to his defense, calling the All-Pro wide receiver a ‘big guy.’ ‘
Josh McDaniels: ‘As a person, [Adams is] A big boy. I know this is an unfortunate situation
Adams, the NFL’s second-highest-paid receiver at $28.2 million for the 2022 season, walked off the field Monday night after the Raiders’ final drive failed, giving the Chiefs a dramatic 30-29 victory. As a visibly frustrated Adams approached the tunnel, Ryan Zebley crossed the All-Pro’s path and was promptly tackled to the ground.
While Adams faces a possible suspension for pushing Jebli following Monday’s loss to the Chiefs, his head coach rushed to his defense Tuesday, calling the All-Pro wide receiver a ‘great guy.’
“I support Davante with all my heart as a man,” McDaniels told reporters Tuesday. “As a person, he’s a great man. I know it’s an unfortunate situation. We don’t want any of our guys to do that. He knows that. He knows that very well. But I I know the person. I don’t think there is any ulterior motive behind it.’
McDaniels, in his first year as Raiders head coach, has agreed that the team will abide by any punishment handed down from commissioner Roger Goodell’s office.
‘But whatever [the NFL] Asks us, whatever they want from us, obviously we comply. But we are in a state of waiting [situation in terms of discipline] At this point.’
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league is reviewing the incident and a suspension is possible. Pelizzero’s colleague, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, suggested, ‘It feels more like a penalty.’
The NFL is expected to rule on the matter early this week. Adams, a longtime Green Bay Packers star, had never been in trouble in the NFL before this season.
A police report was provided to DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
‘Victim was photographer at Chiefs/Raiders game,’ read the police description. ‘At the end of the game, he was pushed to the ground and injured. He arranged private transport to the hospital for treatment, when he called the police.
‘Injuries are initially believed to be non-life-threatening. This incident will be investigated by our Assault Unit detectives, who upon completion will coordinate with the applicable city or state attorney to determine any applicable charges.
Stunned spectators watched Ryan Jebli fall to the turf at the end of Monday’s game
Adams said she ‘immediately felt terrible’ after throwing the man, identified as Ryan Zebley.
Adams apologized to the media after the game.
‘He jumped in front of me coming off the field,’ Adams said. ‘I pushed him. He ended up on the floor. I want to apologize to him for that. It was just desperation mixed with despair that ran before me.
‘I shouldn’t have responded that way, but I did. I have to apologize to him for that.’
Adams also apologized on Twitter.
‘Sorry to the guy I pushed after the game,’ he tweeted. ‘Obviously very frustrated with the way the game went and when he ran in front of me as I was leaving, that was my reaction, I felt terrible straight away. It’s not me..I’m sorry man I hope you see this.’
But not everyone bought an apology from Adams, who was unconcerned at the time. One response on Twitter: “‘I instantly felt bad’ but I walked past him like it was nothing.”
Another said: ‘Sorry for the rubbish on social media. That’s why you try and not look bad to the fans. Too late. You let someone down who was trying to work there. I think I have to push the barista down when I’m having a bad day.
Another follower wrote: ‘If you immediately felt terrible why didn’t you help him and apologize immediately? You walked past him grabbing your wrist like WTH dude. May want to continue working with that humility. PS You can always find that person and directly apologize to him.
Adams was traded to Las Vegas in March, reuniting with his 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 through five games, but the Raiders are a disappointing 1-4 on the year.
As Adams awaits his league punishment, the Raiders signed senior receiver Albert Wilson.
Many fans were not impressed when Adams apologized on Twitter
“Lifelong social media lover. Falls down a lot. Creator. Devoted food aficionado. Explorer. Typical troublemaker.”