If the player was stupid enough to deliberately try to destroy the camera he should be facing criminal damage charges not just paying for the damage! If it was a regular joe on the street they would so why not a sports.... I want to say personality, but not sure that is fair to people that do have a personality?
Under normal circumstances I agree with you, but when the fellow comes over and deliberately kicks the camera I have no problem with sending the bill to him.
I think that in this case, since the athlete admits what he did was wrong, offers to replace the camera, and also offers to donate the equivalent value to charity, that justice has been served without use of the courts. Guilt has been determined and a punishment set.