NFL star with five-year, $75 million contract arrested on battery charge hours after playing in Pro Bowl

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New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara appears to be the first NFL player to play in the Pro Bowl only to find himself behind bars before the day is out.

Kamara, who played in Sunday’s all-star game that pits the AFC against the NFC, was arrested after the contest for his alleged involvement in a brutal beating the previous night that took place inside a Vegas nightclub. The Pro Bowl was played Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Sin City.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a statement saying they were dispatched around 5:50 p.m. local time Saturday to a hospital where a person had reported a battery at a nightclub. The statement said detectives determined the victim was battered by Kamara, who was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of battery resulting in substantial bodily harm.

Few details of the altercation are known outside of the LVMPD report:

Kamara, 26, had four catches for an uneventful 23 yards in Sunday’s game, and adding to the player’s woes his team lost 41-35, as the AFC won it’s fifth straight game against the rival conference.

This was Kamara’s fifth Pro Bowl in five seasons, after he burst upon the NFL scene in 2017, winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Clark County Detention Center website shows that Kamara posted bail of $5,000, and the player is expected to make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

The NFL said in a statement, “We are aware of the matter but will decline further comment at this time.”

Interestingly, Kamara has the following tweet pinned at the top of his Twitter feed:

The negative publicity comes on the heels of the league being hit with a racial discrimination lawsuit from Brian Flores, a black man who was recently fired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Flores claims he was passed up for promotion to a head coach position with the New York Giants due to racial discrimination. The lawsuit alleges that the position had already been given to Brian Daboll days before he was interviewed — the NFL has what is known as the Rooney Rule, which requires team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one minority candidate.

The complaint noted that all 32 team owners are white, and that there was only one black head coach, whereas 70 percent of the players being black, insisting that this is part of a “disingenuous commitment to social equity” and that the league’s diversity policies are merely window dressing for show.

(Several head coaching positions remain open.)

The NFL dismissed the allegation as being “without merit,” yet Commissioner Roger Goodell — who fully embraced the Black Lives Matter political narrative — sent a memo to teams last week declaring current diversity efforts “unacceptable,” and that “racism and any form of discrimination is contrary to the NFL’s values.”

While little is known, including how severely injured the other party may be, there was plenty of reaction to the story online, including those who claimed it had to be in self defense and others who chose to make light of the incident.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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