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Report: Saints' Alvin Kamara Expected to Face Civil Lawsuit over Alleged Assault

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJune 25, 2022

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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is reportedly expected to face a civil lawsuit stemming from an alleged assault at a Las Vegas nightclub in February.

According to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, a source indicated that the man who has accused Kamara of assaulting him at the club intends to sue for financial damages.

Kamara is also facing a felony battery resulting in substantial bodily harm charge in relation to the alleged assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 1.

The alleged assault occurred the weekend of the Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium, where Kamara was questioned and arrested after playing in the game.

Per Katherine Terrell of The Athletic, surveillance video appeared to show Kamara pushing and punching a man multiple times before three other men began assaulting him.

The victim suffered an orbital fracture to his right eye and other minor injuries, according to the police report.

Florio reported Thursday that Kamara is expected to be suspended for at least six games by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy, although it is unclear when the suspension will be handed down.

The 26-year-old Kamara has been one of the best and most dynamic running backs in the NFL since entering the league as a third-round pick out of Tennessee in 2017.

Kamara has been named a Pro Bowler in each of his five NFL seasons, racking up 4,238 rushing yards and 47 rushing touchdowns, as well as 373 receptions for 3,263 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns in 73 regular-season games.

He enjoyed his best season in 2020, when he set career highs with 932 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns and an NFL-leading 21 total touchdowns.

Last season, in his first campaign following the retirement of future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, Kamara recorded 898 yards and four scores on the ground, plus 47 grabs for 439 yards and five more touchdowns in 13 games.

If Kamara misses a significant amount of time through suspension in 2022, the Saints are likely to turn to veteran Mark Ingram, who is a three-time Pro Bowler and has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a season three times.

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