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NFL to wait on Davante Adams’ suspension for pushing cameraman

It was an ugly incident at Arrowhead Stadium

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The NFL will wait to suspend or fine Davante Adams for the ugly incident with a photographer just after the Las Vegas Raiders’ frustrating 30-29 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Adams is facing misdemeanor assault charges stemming from the incident and sources told Rapoport that the league won’t discipline the wideout until the legal situation is over.

Adams’ status won’t be resolved in the near future, sources informed of the situation say, which indicates Adams will stay on the field moving forward for Las Vegas this season, at least until his legal situation has reached its conclusion.

Because Adams was criminally charged, his case is now considered a potential personal-conduct policy violation, which warrants a league investigation. However, if the case is resolved in any way — legal charges are dropped, Adams pleads guilty, or any other outcome that concludes this situation — a resolution would come quicker, sources informed of the situation say.

Adams apologized to the cameraman both in a post-game interview with reporters and in a tweet minutes later.

Kansas City police charged Adams for pushing the man, who reportedly was working for ESPN.

This type of incident is out of character for the nine-season veteran. Adams is known for being a high-character player with a pristine public image. It was clearly an emotional time for the Raiders’ new receiver as the team fell to 1-4.

Adams, who scored two long touchdowns in the game, collided with fellow Las Vegas receiver Hunter Renfrow on the final play of the game as Derek Carr’s pass fell incomplete. Adams was clearly upset on the Raiders’ sideline after the game and it boiled over on his way off the field.

In his press conference Tuesday, Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels said the team will comply with the NFL’s investigation, but he also said the team stands by Adams as a person.

“I don’t know that, in terms of like what may or may not come. I’m aware of what I’m aware of at this point, which honestly isn’t too much,” McDaniels said. “I mean, I know what happened and those kinds of things. I’ve spoken to Davante. I support Davante wholeheartedly as a human being, as a person. He’s a great guy. I know that was an unfortunate situation. We obviously don’t want any of our guys to be doing anything like that. He knows that. He’s very well aware of that. But I know the person, I don’t think there was any intent behind it on his part. But whatever they ask of us, whatever they need from us, obviously we will comply. I’m not sure exactly where we’re at, at this moment, but we’re kind of wait and see at this point.”