New Orleans is a laissez-faire city, the home of "Be Nice or Leave." So, it makes a certain sort of sense that running back Alvin Kamara found himself here. Kamara revealed in a recent intrview that he might have ended up somewhere other than the New Orleans Saints, if the team's GM could have gotten over the fact that he wears a nose ring.
In an interview with Uninterrupted, Kamara said that he went into a pre-draft meeting with an unspecified GM who bristled at the idea of wearing jewelry.
“I had a team before I went into a meeting, one of the guys came up to me and was like, ‘Well, you’re about to go in with the G.M. so, you know, he doesn’t really understand the nose rings and things like that. So you might want to — can you take them out or tuck them?’" he said. "I was like, ‘No.’"
Kamara said he felt it best not to hide who he was because of the discomfort that it would cause once he was working for a team daily.
“Basically, if you don’t understand it or you don’t like it, then you don’t need to draft me," he said. "It wouldn’t be a good choice to draft me...If you're uncomfortable in your work environment, you aren't going to be able to do what you gotta do.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Kamara attributed his success to his decision to always being himself.
"Millions of people in this world. You try and sit around and worry about what everybody think about you, you not going to get too far," he said. "Me, I can go anywhere, sit anywhere and be me and not feel no type of way."
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