New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is “embarrassed” about the altercation he was involved in while he was in Las Vegas for the Pro Bowl in February 2022, he said Friday. Here’s what you need to know:
- Kamara, who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the incident in June, also said Friday he “was completely wrong.”
- The 28-year-old met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday and said the meeting “went well.” Kamara added: “I think we got accomplished what we need to get accomplished.” He could be disciplined by the league.
- Kamara was set to go to trial July 31 after he and three others pleaded not guilty in a Clark County (Nev.) courtroom in early March to battery charges. Kamara instead pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and will have to do community service and pay over $100,000 to the victim for medical bills, according to multiple reports.
What else Kamara said
“It’s been 18, 19 months that I’ve been dealing with this ordeal. It’s a tough ordeal to be in. Obviously, I never want to be involved in something where someone gets hurt or severely injured or anything,” Kamara said Friday, per reporter Jeff Nowak. “Poor judgment on my end. Definitely a bad decision. But I’m a man. Everything I’ve ever done in my life I’ve stood on and I can take accountability for and I can say when I’m wrong.
“I embarrassed the Saints, embarrassed my family, my mother, embarrassed myself, embarrassed the city and the ‘shield,’ obviously, embarrassed the NFL. So I just try to do my best to try to keep it as much away from the media and as much away from the team as I could. Obviously, it’s hard to do that when you’ve got such an incident like this. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t tough. I’ve lost a lot throughout this ordeal. Definitely not looking for any pity, not looking for somebody to pat me on the back and say ‘It’s OK.’ I know what I did, I know what I was involved in, and I definitely take responsibility and that’s part of being a man and growing.”
Darnell Greene sued Kamara in October 2022 for $10 million in connection to the incident. Tony Buzbee, Greene’s lawyer, announced in June via social media that the civil suit has been settled and included an apology from Kamara.
Kamara was arrested by Las Vegas police just hours after playing in the Pro Bowl on Feb. 6, 2022, and charged with battery “resulting in substantial bodily harm.” The incident occurred the night before the Pro Bowl at Drai’s After Dark club in the Cromwell Casino. According to the police report, Kamara pushed Greene before another male in Kamara’s group hit Greene in the face and knocked him against the wall. Kamara then hit Greene several times.
Three others in Kamara’s group then joined in, stomping on Greene’s face, chest and legs, according to the police report. Greene, who was knocked unconscious, had an orbital fracture to his right eye and other minor injuries, according to the police report.
The fight was stopped by security officers, and Kamara and his group were escorted out of the casino. After the Pro Bowl ended, Kamara was interviewed by detectives inside Allegiant Stadium before his arrest.
Detectives obtained surveillance footage from the casino that they said matched Greene’s account of events. According to the lawsuit, Greene suffered neck, back, shoulder, head, knees and face injuries in the alleged assault.
Bengals cornerback Chris Lammons, as well as Darren Young and Percy Harris, were also indicted on charges stemming from the incident.
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