Alvin Kamara pleads not guilty to felony charge after altercation in Las Vegas


New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chris Lammons and two other men pleaded not guilty Thursday to a felony charge of battery, plus a related misdemeanor, stemming from an incident shortly before last year’s Pro Bowl in Las Vegas.

The NFL players and the two other men, Darrin Young and Percy Harris, are accused of beating Darnell Greene Jr. hard after an argument started outside an elevator at a Las Vegas nightclub. Greene, a Houston resident, has also filed a $10 million lawsuit against Kamara for “using violent force against (Greene) with intent to cause actual injury.”

In the lawsuit (via the Associated Press), Greene alleged he suffered a broken orbital bone and injuries to his head, face, neck, shoulder, back and knees.

A Nevada grand jury indicted Kamara, 27, and the three other men last month on charges of felony assault resulting in substantial bodily harm and misdemeanor conspiracy to commit violence.

Lawyers for Kamara have maintained that their client is innocent, and following his not guilty plea Thursday, a member of his legal team so in a statement: “We look forward to trial and full justice.” A jury trial is reportedly set for July 31.

The incident happened around 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday. Greene told police he and Kamara’s group were waiting to board an elevator when the doors opened and Kamara put his hand on Greene to stop him from boarding. When Greene pushed his hand away, he told police, he was violently attacked by Kamara and others.

Surveillance video from the scene of the nightclub, a popular venue located in the basement of a Las Vegas hotel and casino, shows a melee breaking out near an elevator. Videos then show a man being chased down a hallway by a group who tackle him to the ground before punching and kicking him.

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The next day, Kamara played in the 2022 Pro Bowl, after which he was interviewed by police at the stadium and subsequently placed under arrest. The other three men are said to have been arrested several days later. A member of the Chiefs at the time, Lammons was waived by Kansas City in January and claimed last month by the Bengals.

An attorney for Lammons said Thursday (via the Las Vegas Review-Journal) that the 27-year-old defensive back fought back after being pushed at the start of the altercation. Lammon’s attorney said his client followed the group down the hall and delivered a kick before attempting to pull Harris off Greene.

“He’s not out there stomping on anybody, and he’s not out there punching people multiple times,” said the attorney, Ross Goodman. “Chris’s response was measured for what he perceived as a driver.”

For Kamara, Lammons and the other two men, a conviction on the felony charge could result in a sentence of one to five years in state prison.

A third-round pick by New Orleans in 2017, Kamara has spent his six-year NFL career with the Saints while proving to be one of the best running backs of his era. The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2017, he has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

Lammons went undrafted out of South Carolina in 2018 before signing with the Atlanta Falcons and then the Saints, with whom he was briefly Kamara’s teammate. Lammons saw his first game with the Miami Dolphins in 2019, then played with the Chiefs the following three seasons.

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