Sep 21, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Vikings 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Even though the New Orleans Saints are done with football for the year, things seem to keep tumbling downhill for the organization. OLB Junior Galette was arrested in Kenner, LA Monday on misdemeanor domestic violence and simple battery charges after he allegedly pushed a woman to the ground at his home.
Kenner Police just wrapped up a press conference with the media. Galette and another man, Terrence Banks Jr. of Newark, NJ are both in custody.
The Saints’ sack leader was trying to get the 22-year-old woman, who has visible injuries, to leave his home. Police responded to a domestic disturbance call. The woman accused Galette and Banks of ‘jumping’ her, and when she went to call 9-1-1, Banks, who is being called Galette’s cousin, allegedly took her phone away.
No. 93 said he began recording the occurrence when the woman, who claimed to be an ex-girlfriend and now personal assistant, grabbed a knife. The Kenner Police Department is now working hard to find the video evidence on his cell phone.
“Sackman” and his cousin will be able to bond out of jail, but the linebacker could be facing a six-game suspension next year with the NFL‘s new and improved policy, but some harsher punishments could very well be handed out by front offices in the Black and Gold organization.
Junior just signed a four-year contract extension worth $41.5 million earlier this year and was also named defensive co-captain. The Haiti native certainly has some explaining to do to the Saints’ zero-tolerance head coach, Sean Payton.
If the team did decide to part ways with last year’s breakout player, who has settled in nicely as a fan favorite, it would be a devastating hit to the franchise. Nothing will likely happen until the facts begin to fall in place though.
As the story continues to develop and the truth begins to unfold, stay tuned for any updates on the unfortunate incident.