Court Date Delayed For NFL Players Accused Of Battery

Court Date Delayed For NFL Players Accused Of Battery
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A court hearing for New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons, accused of battery in Las Vegas, has been pushed back two months.

The NFL players and two other defendants, Percy Harris and Darrin Young, are accused of beating a man outside a Las Vegas Strip nightclub on Feb. 5 during Pro Bowl weekend, according to court records.

At the request of the defendants’ lawyers, Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Colleen McCarty this week pushed the status hearing back to Sept. 29.  

This is the third time this year the hearing has been reset.

The defendants each face a felony count of battery resulting in substantial bodily harm and a gross misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit battery.

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Victim Hospitalized 

The victim told police the incident occurred near an elevator at the Cromwell hotel-casino. He was hospitalized in the incident.

The Cromwell is on the east side of the Strip next to the larger Flamingo hotel-casino. 

According to police reports, the victim said he was waiting on the same elevator as Kamara and others near Drai’s, a nightclub at the Cromwell.

When the elevator door opened, Kamara placed a hand on the man to keep him from entering the elevator. The man pushed Kamara’s hand away and then was beaten, police said.

The incident was recorded on surveillance video.

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Kamara Arrested After Pro Bowl

Kamara was identified and arrested the next day after playing in the Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium west of the Strip. 

Soon after, an arrest warrant was issued for Lammons, who turned himself in to authorities. The others also were taken into custody later in February. All four posted bail and have been released from custody.

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Saints Kick Off Preseason In Houston

Kamara, a five-year veteran from the University of Tennessee, led the Saints in rushing last season with 898 yards. He also racked up 439 receiving yards. On the ground and through the air, the 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back scored nine touchdowns.

This week, Kamara has been seen at the Saints training facility in Metairie, Louisiana, during practice sessions. The Saints open preseason play Aug. 13 in a road game against the Houston Texans. At Caesars Sportsbook, the Saints are favored by 1.5 points.

The Saints’ first regular season game is Sept. 11 in Atlanta against the Falcons. At BetMGM Sportsbook, the Saints are favored by 5.5 points. 

Including the contest in Atlanta, the Saints are scheduled to play three regular season games before the Sept. 29 court hearing involving Kamara’s case.

The Saints then leave the U.S. to play the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 2 in England.

Lammons, who remains on Kansas City’s roster, has recorded 10 career solo tackles and one interception in three NFL seasons — one with the Miami Dolphins and two with the Chiefs. 

The Chiefs kick off their regular season on Sept. 11 against the Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Chiefs listed as 3-point favorites.

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