Adams, the NFL’s second-highest paid receiver at $28.2 million for the 2022 season, was storming off the field on Monday night after the Raiders’ final drive fell short, giving the Chiefs a dramatic 30-29 win. As the visibly frustrated Adams approached the tunnel, an unidentified man holding production equipment crossed the All-Pro’s path.
It was then that 6-foot-1, 215-pound Adams shoved the man and watched as he stumbled backwards down to the ground. Security ultimately helped the man to his feet as Adams casually walked into the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel.
The league is now reviewing the situation, 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 early this week.
A league spokesman has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. Likewise, spokespeople for the Chiefs and Raiders have not responded to inquiries about the identity and occupation of the man who was shoved by Adams.
Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) was seen shoving a cameraman after losing Monday
Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up before kickoff against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday
Stunned onlookers watch as the sideline worker falls to the turf at the end of Monday’s game
Adams claimed he ‘felt horrible immediately’ after shoving the unidentified man to the ground
Adams apologized through the media after the game.
‘He jumped in front of me coming off the field,’ Adams said. ‘I kind of pushed him. He ended up on the ground. I want to apologize to him for that. That was just frustration mixed with him really just running in front of me.
‘I shouldn’t have responded that way, but that’s the way I responded. I want to apologize to him for that.’
Adams also offered an apology on Twitter.
‘Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game,’ he tweeted. ‘Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran infront (sic) of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately. Thats not me..MY APOLOGIES man hope you see this.’
But not everyone was buying the apology from Adams and asked why he kept on walking after seeing the man fall to the ground.
One reply on Twitter read: ‘”I felt bad immediately after” but I passed him up like it meant nothing.’
Another said: ‘Garbage apology on social media. That’s so you try and not look bad to the fans. Too late. You pushed someone down who was trying to do there job. I guess when I’m having a bad day I should push the barista down as they walk in front of me then just post an I’m sorry in Twitter’.
A different follower wrote: ‘If you felt horrible immediately, why didn’t you help him up and apologize immediately? You walked right past him with a flick of your wrist like WTH dude. Might want to keep working on that humbleness. PS you can find that guy any time and apologize to him directly.’
A number of fans were left unimpressed by the apology Adams offered on Twitter
A long-time Green Bay Packers star and favorite target of Aaron Rodgers, Adams has never been in any serious trouble in the NFL.
Adams was dealt to Las Vegas in March, reuniting with his college quarterback, Derek Carr, and signing 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.
The Chiefs headed off to the locker room facing a big hole against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night, everything from the big plays to the officiating calls going the way of their longtime AFC West rivals.
One call in particular lit a fire under them.
It was a dubious penalty on Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones for roughing Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, and nobody in the Kansas City locker room could believe it. But rather than stew over it, or lament their 10-point deficit, Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the Chiefs used it as motivation to storm from behind for the 30-29 victory.
‘There was anger just about how we had played up to that point,’ said Mahomes, who threw four touchdown passes to tight end Travis Kelce. ‘We needed everybody to go out there and take the fight to them.’
The Raiders still had a chance when Adams, who earlier had hauled in a 58-yard touchdown catch, added a 48-yarder with 4:29 to go. It came after Kelce’s final touchdown catch, when Kansas City failed on a 2-point try that left the score 30-23. But rather than kick a tying extra point, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels also went for 2.
Josh Jacobs, who had shredded the Chiefs defense all night, was stuffed at the goal line.
Adams finished the night with three catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the loss
Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders is sacked by Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2nd quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 10, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jones was called for a penalty for roughing the passer
The Raiders got the ball back one last time with 2:29 left, and a long third-down pass to Adams down the Kansas City sideline appeared to get them in field-goal range. But the play was reviewed and Adams failed to get both feet in bounds, and Carr threw incomplete on fourth-and-1 with 47 seconds left before the Chiefs ran out the clock.
‘We didn’t fall apart on each other,’ Chiefs safety Justin Reid said. ‘We battled through adversity.’
Carr finished with 241 yards passing, and Jacobs ran for 133 yards and a score, as the Raiders lost to the Chiefs (4-1) for the fourth straight time. Daniel Carlson was 3 for 3 on field goals, extending his streak to 38 in a row.
What he wouldn’t have given for a chance at No. 39.
‘We had a chance,’ Daniels said. ‘We just didn’t make one or two plays there at the end to finish it.’
The game of twists and turns began with the Raiders failing to score on their opening drive for the first time all season.
They made up for it on the next one.
Facing fourth-and-inches in their own territory, McDaniels sent his offense back on the field. But rather than run Jacobs up the middle, or sneak with Carr, he aired it out to Adams, who ran past Rashad Fenton for the 58-yard TD catch.
It was 17-0 when Kelce finally reached the end zone for the Chiefs, but it appeared as if the momentum had turned when Jones stripped Carr from behind and landed him. But despite the ball clearly coming out, and the Pro Bowl defensive tackle coming away with it, referee Carl Cheffers threw a penalty flag and called Jones for roughing the passer. Chiefs coach Andy Reid (pictured) stormed off the sideline to argue
Adams and the Raiders continued to pick on Fenton later in the half, when a pass interference moved Las Vegas deep into Chiefs territory. Adams drew another penalty on Jaylen Watson in the end zone, setting up Jacobs’ short TD plunge.
It was 17-0 when Kelce finally reached the end zone for the Chiefs, but it appeared as if the momentum had turned when Jones stripped Carr from behind and landed him. But despite the ball clearly coming out, and the Pro Bowl defensive tackle coming away with it, referee Carl Cheffers threw a penalty flag and called Jones for roughing the passer.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid stormed off the sideline to argue. And after the teams traded field goals in the final minutes, leaving the Raiders ahead 20-10, Reid cornered Cheffers and lit into him again as the teams headed to the locker room.
‘I got it off my chest,’ Reid said. ‘I said what I needed to say.’
The questionable penalty came one day after another questionable roughing call by referee Jerome Boger on Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett against Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady sealed the Buccaneers’ win over the Falcons.
Cheffers told a pool reporter that Carr ‘gets full protection of all aspects of what we give the quarterback in a passing posture. So when he was tackled, my ruling was the defender landed on him with full body weight.’
Patrick Mahomes #15 and Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate after the Chiefs defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 30-29 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday
Mahomes said: ‘It wasn’t the greatest call in the world. You have to find a way to bounce back and we did.’
Did they ever.
The Chiefs opened the second half with a 75-yard march that Kelce capped with his second TD reception. And after they forced a quick punt, the Chiefs went 57 yards and watched Kelce haul in his third to give Kansas City a 24-20 lead.
Midway through the fourth quarter, it was the Chiefs who got a penalty gift.
They were leading 24-23 when fill-in kicker Matthew Wright, whose 59-yarder before halftime set the franchise record for longest field goal, yanked a 37-yarder left. But defensive end Malcolm Koonce was called for holding, giving Kansas City an automatic first down, and Mahomes found Kelce once again four plays later to extend the lead to 30-24.
The teams traded touchdowns — and missed conversions — down the stretch as the Chiefs escaped with the win.
‘We’re close but close doesn’t count in this game,’ Carr said. ‘It’s frustrating.’
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs through the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders