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One of the top running backs in the NFL is set to miss the start of the 2023 season. Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the NFL announced.
Kamara was charged with battery resulting in substantial bodily harm, but he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of breach of peace on July 11th.
“It’s been 18, 19 months that I’ve been dealing with this ordeal. It’s a tough ordeal to be in,” he said. “I never want to be involved in something where someone gets hurt or severely injured or anything. Poor judgment on my end, definitely a bad decision.
“But I’m a man, everything I’ve ever done in my life I’ve stood on and I can take accountability for and I can say when I’m wrong. I was completely wrong. Embarrassed the Saints, embarrassed my family and my mother, embarrassed myself, embarrassed this city and the shield, embarrassed the NFL.”
Kamara will miss the Saints’ home opener against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 and road games against the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers.
Kamara also said he has lost money and friendships because of the incident but has learned a valuable lesson.
“Obviously, it’s self-inflicted but nonetheless, it’s still something that’s like a dark cloud,” he said. “It’s hard to kind of enjoy some of the smaller things. Today I just had like a little boost in practice. I just felt better, like a weight was off me. I’m looking forward to just focusing on football.”