Kei Kamara has officially reported to preseason camp.
The Columbus Crew SC forward participated in his first practice of 2016 with the Black & Gold on Wednesday, putting to rest any rumors of a contractual dispute between him and the club.
Or does it?
Kamara is in Lakewood Ranch, FL. and appears to be practicing, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's content with his current contract.
The typically reliable Steve Goff reported Monday that Kamara was holding out for a renegotiated contract after scoring 22 goals in his first season of his second stint with Crew SC last year.
This was a big deal as it meant Columbus had no forward with professional playing experience in training camp until Tuesday signing of veteran Conor Casey.
It was on the conference call to announce Casey's signing with the club that sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter addressed the Kamara rumors.
"Obviously this is a press conference to talk about the signing of Conor Casey, but I'll certainly address that," Berhalter said. "We gave Kei a couple days off to be with his family and that's the situation. He came back from a long trip to Sierra Leone where he hadn't been in a long time and he had an excused absence from the first few days of training camp. He's expected - he's scheduled to be in town tonight. He's flying out later tonight. We'll see him tonight and he'll be with the team tomorrow and there's not much more than that than what I just said."
At the call's conclusion, Berhalter was asked for clarification on Kamara. There are no contractual issues with the striker?
"I think that's a difficult question because the first statement that we made was that he's not in camp because we gave him time off," Berhalter said. "So I don't know how that question is ever relevant."
That's not exactly a straight answer that everything is peachy between Kamara and the club. While he did say the reason Kamara was given the absence was to spend time with his family, if there was no holdout, why not just say there was no holdout?
To Berhalter's credit, Kamara arrived on Wednesday just as he said he would and it appears everything is normal.
Let's just hope the league's most feared front man is happy with his current deal and this won't cause any lingering issues once the season begins on March 6.
UPDATE: Goff, the Washington Post reporter who initially reported Kamara's holdout, now updates that while he is at preseason cam, it is unclear if he will train.