Since his draft pick in 2017, Alvin Kamara has flourished and enriched the New Orleans Saints running back room with his super foot prowess in the field. The Saints’ squad for this reason seemed to be heavily leaning on him throughout these years.
The running back was also seemingly in a rush to offer them his best game. Coming out from a glorious season, the Saints’ veteran player was hoping for another great run, yet one misdemeanor charge has laid major a thorn in the way.
Why was Alvin Kamara charged with a criminal offense?
The story dates back to the eve of the Pro Bowl in Las Vegas on Feb. 6, 2022, when the running back was passing his time at Drai’s nightclub with three other men including Bengals’ quarterback Chris Lammons.
Reportedly, Darnell Greene, the victim of the case was trying to get on the elevator, yet the running back wouldn’t let him. As Greene tried to push him, Kamara instead put his hand on the victim’s chest. Later, he with his group started beating Darnell and then stomped on him while he was unconscious.
Authorities collected surveillance videos that confirmed the player as guilty. Green also later filed a lawsuit against Alvin, seeking $10 million in damages.
“[Kamara] chased Greene down the hall and proceeded to strike him multiple times until he was knocked to the ground,” the lawsuit stated. “At no point during the attack did Greene hit, punch, or push Kamara or any of his associates.”
Though the NFL authorities were aware of the incident, still at his request, the 27-year-old was permitted to play in the Pro Bowl game. After the game, he was arrested at Allegiant Stadium.
Alvin Kamara pleads guilty
The Saints’ quarterback plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge and got dismissed from the felony charge. Now he is subjected to do community service and pay $100,000 to the victim for medical bills. After the hearings, the running back stated his pleasure through his attorney who issued a statement later.
“Alvin is pleased that this matter is behind him and looks forward to a successful NFL season,” the statement read.
Though the Saints’ player seems optimistic after the hearing of the case, things may still not be ‘all good’ for him as the NFL authorities are closely monitoring the case.
“We have been closely monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review,” the league said.
Now it remains to be seen whether he gets released from the punishment of the NFL authorities also or joins the team of Isaiah Rodgers, Cam Robinson, Rashod Berry, etc. who got suspended for the 2023 season.