VFL Alvin Kamara Could Face Six-Game Suspension in 2022

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    From facing future suspensions to hanging out with all-time basketball icon Michael Jordan at a NASCAR race, it has been one wild weekend for legendary Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

    Last Thursday evening, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is preparing for a six-game suspension at some point during the 2022 season, though the exact dates are unknown at this moment. Kamara’s suspension revolves around felony battery charges from an incident at the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl in February. According to PFT, that hearing is set for August.

    With the NFL’s typical stance of allowing the legal process to play out before handing out a punishment, Kamara’s court date near the beginning of the season looks to overlap with his playing intentions. Despite a hearing originally set for April, the Las Vegas courtroom pushed the date back to Aug. 1 to allow for more time to review the evidence from the incident.

    The NFL’s conduct policy results in a six-game suspension with felony battery charges.

    “Kamara possibly could be placed on paid leave pending resolution of the criminal case, given that he faces a felony charge,” Florio wrote for Pro Football Talk. “He would still be subject to a potential unpaid suspension after the case is resolved.”

    One day later, Pro Football Talk revealed that Kamara would also be facing a civil lawsuit from the victim, who is seeking financial compensation as a result of the incident.

    Ultimately, parts of Alvin Kamara’s story have gone under the radar in the light of other troubling lawsuits and situations, such as those that face Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. Regardless, Kamara’s story will become more and more relevant as the season approaches.

    Despite the looming suspension, Alvin Kamara spent his weekend hanging out in The Volunteer State with none other than basketball legend Michael Jordan.

    Kamara and Jordan spent the day on Saturday at the Nashville Superspeedway for the NASCAR Xfinity race, and then the pair were back at the track on Sunday for the official cup series race.

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    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.