Stephen A. Smith says Davante Adams deserves a one-game ban for shoving a photographer but believes it is ‘no indictment’ of his character.
Adams was heated following the Raiders’ collapse from a 17-0 lead over the Chiefs. Adams was caught on camera pushing the man before he stumbled backwards and down to the ground. Security ultimately helped the man to his feet as Adams casually walked into the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel.
Adams claimed he ‘felt horrible immediately’ after shoving the unidentified man to the ground.
‘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.’
In the wake of the push came a police report and details of the photographer going to the hospital. Stephen A. Smith believes the stadium worker filed charges this week for money reasons.
“This is a money grab, I’m accusing the guy,” Smith said. “You’re damn right it is, okay? He got pushed to the ground, you got right back up. Next thing you know you at the police department, and now you filed some charges. Please ain’t nobody fooled, this is a money grab.”
“The fact of the matter is, is that Davante Adams had no business doing what he was doing, or what he did rather,” Smith added. “Let’s make sure we say this about Davante Adams. He’s got no history whatsoever, any bad history. He’s a good dude, you know heart’s in the right place. Goes out there, has elevated himself to arguably best receiver in football. All of that stuff is true about him, this is just an unfortunate situation he found himself in.”
Davante Adams will have to make a virtual appearance in court, and the NFL is currently investigating the incident. Many believe his wallet will take a hit, and he will miss a game.
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