New Orleans Saints fleeing star Alvin Kamara was arrested Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas for a grievous battery charge that caused grievous bodily harm, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He was released from the Clark County Detention Center after posting a $5,000 bond later that day, and his next court date is set for March 8, according to a prison official.
On Saturday, on the eve of the Pro Bowl, the NFL’s annual All-Star show game, police responded to a hospital report that a victim had been beaten in a nightclub, according to the statement. An investigation identified Kamara as the assailant, and police arrested Kamara “without incident” after he played in the Pro Bowl, according to the statement.
Chamber and Saints representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The arrest was the latest in a series of criminal investigations against NFL players in Las Vegas. Raiders in November published Henry Ruggs III, He’s a first-round pick in 2020 after the buyer’s sports car crashed into 23-year-old Tina Tintor’s car and killed her when her car burst into flames. Ruggs was charged driving under the influence of two heavy substances and reckless driving with two serious criminal records. Nate Hobbs, a Raiders columnist, was charged with driving under the influence, a misdemeanor, after he fell asleep in his car in a parking lot in January.
Professional sports leagues have refused to expand into the Las Vegas market for years due to its association with sports gambling and its reputation as Sin City, although it remains an off-season attraction for athletes. Over time, official stances softened. USA Basketball has held its training camps there since 2006, and the NBA’s summer league exhibits have been there since 2004. The NBA hosted the All-Star Game there in 2007.
In 2017, the NFL approved the Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas, and the WNBA signed the sale of the Aces to MGM Resorts, allowing the team to move. Both preceded the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision that lifted the ban on commercialized sports betting. The aces were sold to Raiders owner Mark Davis in 2021.
The NHL hosted the All-Star Game there on Saturday, with the NFL’s Pro Bowl on Sunday. The NFL will do its draft in Las Vegas in April and gave the city the 2024 Super Bowl.
Kamara was selected to the Pro Bowl in all five seasons of her career. He caught four passes for 23 yards in Sunday’s game. He has scored a total of nine goals this season, with 1,337 yards from offense and missing four games due to a knee injury.