Civil lawsuit is also expected against Alvin Kamara

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In addition to bracing for a suspension of six games or more due to a charge of felony battery arising from an incident in Las Vegas on Pro Bowl weekend, Saints running back Alvin Kamara expects to face a lawsuit in civil court.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the man whom Kamara allegedly beat up in Las Vegas will be suing Kamara for financial damages as result of the incident.

It’s no surprise. Assault and battery are what the law calls intentional torts. Any injuries or other harm suffered by the alleged victim become fair game for compensatory damages. Punitive damages also will be potentially available.

The pending criminal prosecution present a bigger problem for Kamara. Because it’s a felony charge, he could end up on paid leave — unless he reaches a plea deal before the season begins. If he does, he’ll then face punishment under the Personal Conduct Policy.

The league typically waits to place players on paid leave until the season approaches. For now, there’s no reason for him to not be with the team. Also, and as a practical matter, the media coverage devoted to Kamara’s status will influence whether the league believes that it needs to keep Kamara off the field. With constant developments in the Deshaun Watson situation, Kamara’s situation has been overlooked, in comparison.

Complicating the situation is that Kamara’s alleged behavior occurred in conjunction with an NFL event. He was questioned and arrested at the Pro Bowl. The league can’t be happy about that. It may not cause the NFL to punish him more aggressively; it definitely won’t prompt the NFL to go easy on him.

14 responses to “Civil lawsuit is also expected against Alvin Kamara

  1. Obviously guilty, but also obviously rich and famous. In America that’s enough. He goes free.

  2. I’d like to understand more what led to this. This is very different, while not condoning the violence, than what Watson allegedly did. One seems to be a momentary, although unacceptably violent, lapse, the other an orchestrated long term plan to assault women. I get that we don’t condone violence, and I don’t, does it seem reasonable that a veteran NFL star would attack a person at the pro bowl unprovoked? Kamara should do better, let’s seek to understand first before proclaiming what his suspension should be. Goodness, it could require a far worse punishment.

    One guy wasn’t thinking in the moment that he’s getting away with this because he’s a star, the other one did. I certainly could be wrong, that’s how it appears to me. Just put yourself in his shoes before you pass judgement.

    The comparison between the two is apples and airplanes fwiw.

  3. 6 games? This is the kind of thing that should warrant a year suspension. The fact that this was a totally avoidable situation coupled with the fact he took part in a group beating of a man instead of him just beating up the guy one on one is a deplorable act. The fact their is a video of this showing the savagery of the attack the NFL needs to send a message to the players that this won’t be tolerated. I don’t see what is so hard about behaving like a normal person in society.

  4. You can take some of these players out of the hood but you can’t the hood…..

  5. redlikethepig says:
    June 25, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Obviously guilty, but also obviously rich and famous. In America that’s enough. He goes free.
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    Free, you mean like Plaxico Burress? Or maybe you’re thinking of Micheal Vick?

  6. I always found it interesting that the damages are not proportional to the injury their proportional to the income of the defendant. If this person had been assaulted by a car hop making $23,000 a year, he get like five grand it damages. But because he was assaulted by someone with money it’s worth millions. Always had trouble reconciling that in my head

  7. I can hear the guy in a few years in his mansion at a dinner party “ Hey I once met Alvin Kamara! Nice guy! Look at the mansion he bought me.”

  8. Too bad players, seemingly with the self-control of a teenager (all apologies to my teenage family and friends) constantly overshadow the character of the real men in the game.

  9. So 6 games for fighting with another dude, but only two games for knocking a female out in an elevator and dragging her out unconscious by her hair. Thats some Goodell justice right there.

  10. Your seriousness is nonsense says:
    June 25, 2022 at 11:21 am
    I’d like to understand more what led to this. This is very different, while not condoning the violence, than what Watson allegedly did. One seems to be a momentary, although unacceptably violent, lapse, the other an orchestrated long term plan to assault women. I get that we don’t condone violence, and I don’t, does it seem reasonable that a veteran NFL star would attack a person at the pro bowl unprovoked? Kamara should do better, let’s seek to understand first before proclaiming what his suspension should be. Goodness, it could require a far worse punishment.

    One guy wasn’t thinking in the moment that he’s getting away with this because he’s a star, the other one did. I certainly could be wrong, that’s how it appears to me. Just put yourself in his shoes before you pass judgement.
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    Watson thought he was getting away with it? I guess so when they come back a second and third time. His first accuser offered to settle rather quickly for $100,000. $

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