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"Deshaun Watson better get the book thrown at him" - NFL fans react to league handing Alvin Kamara 6-game suspension for bar brawl

New York Giants v New Orleans Saints
New York Giants v New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints' backfield superstar Alvin Kamara could be hit with a six-game suspension. Prior to last season's Pro Bowl, Kamara hit the town in Sin City and landed in a bit of hot water.

Police allegedly have surveillance footage of Kamara and two friends punching a person repeatedly, knocking him unconscious and breaking his eye socket in the process. He is currently facing felony battery charges, with his court case scheduled for August.

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His actions will likely see him fall foul of the NFL's personal conduct policy, meaning a period on the sidelines should be forthcoming. Naturally, in the current climate, news of Kamara's impeding suspension has sparked a furious response from fans on Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, the name at the forefront of everyoneโ€™s mind was Deshaun Watson. Fans were quick to point out that if Kamara gets a six-game suspension, Watson's sanction should be much more severe.

For reference, the Cleveland Browns quarterback was hit with 24 lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct. He settled 20 of them, but an NFL investigation into his actions is ongoing.

6 weeks for a club fightโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธTom Brady got 4 for CHEATING in the playoffsCalvin Ridley got a whole year for a $1500 betbasically, the NFL is a joke.Deshaun Watson better get the book thrown at him fr or Iโ€™m throwing hands with Roger Goodell ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป twitter.com/ProFootballTalโ€ฆ
@DHombreSwift @ProFootballTalk Yet delusional Browns fans say that Watson is only getting 4
@ProFootballTalk If he gets 6 games Watson should get 2 years

One fan suggested that Kamara should be thanking Watson for stealing the spotlight away from the running back.

@ProFootballTalk Dude should be thankful for Watson, he'd be getting torched in the press otherwise

Others appeared supportive of the running back's pending suspension, suggesting that he would be lucky to only get six games after punching a person so hard he broke their eye socket:

The behavior of Alvin Kamara in Las Vegas is unacceptable. The amount beating he gave the man,breaking the manโ€™s eye socket, tantamount mount to grevious bodily harm. He could go to jail for couple of years. #kamara #NFL
Police: Alvin Kamara, others beat man unconscious, broke his eye socket= This guy is nothing but a street thug! There are MANY more in the nfl!!!

The NFL head office has also come in for some strong criticism for allowing him to take part in the Pro Bowl despite being aware of the arrest and possible charges.

@donlemon On the other side of the coin, Alvin Kamara was allowed to play in the pro bowl by police in LV after almost killing a guy before they arrested him. Must be nice!
@ChuckCjmmn ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ People with money and status get away with WAY too much. Saints football player, Alvin Kamara assaulted another man, and the police allowed him to play the Pro Bowl and put off his arrest til that was over. Consequences need to be fair and equitable.
Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL's personal conduct policy and previous suspensions

The NFL likes to give off the impression of transparency, fairness and consistency, but the structure of disciplinary procedures allows the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell the autonomy to effectively do what they want.

One area where the league has managed to remain consistent is in relation to players getting caught gambling. Over the past three years, both Josh Shaw and Calvin Ridley have been busted for betting on games that they were not involved in.

The league acted swiftly, banning both for a period of 12 months. Shaw was reinstated in March 2020 but has never played again, while Ridley is eligible to return in February 2023.

In 2017, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was hit with a six-game suspension. After an NFL review that lasted 12 months, the investigator recommended that no suspension was required for Elliott.

Despite this, Goodell made the decision to ban Elliott following multiple accusations of domestic violence against the running back, although no charges were ever brought against him.

In all likelihood, Kamara will be banned for multiple games, although exactly how many is up for debate.

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