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
The downhill tumbling of the New Orleans Saints organization seemed to continue Monday morning when sack leader and defensive co-captain Junior Galette was arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence and simple battery charges after allegedly pushing a woman to the ground at his home.
Galette and another man he claims to be his cousin, Terrence Banks, were both in custody by Kenner Police yesterday. Junior was supposedly trying to get the 22-year-old woman, who had visible injuries, to leave his home.
Police responded to a domestic disturbance call and arrived on the scene minutes later. The woman accused Galette and Banks of ‘jumping’ her, and when she went to call 9-1-1, the cousin allegedly took her phone away.
Galette said he began recording the incident when the woman, who claimed to be an ex-girlfriend and now personal assistant, grabbed a knife. His attorney, Ralph Whalen, believes the linebacker will be cleared of all charges against him, issuing this statement Tuesday afternoon:
“We are confident an investigation and a full hearing of the facts will reveal that Junior Galette behaved appropriately given the circumstances and in no way committed domestic violence or battery.
“The incident began when a guest at Junior Galette’s home was asked to leave his house, and she refused. She then grabbed a knife and threatened Junior and four other people in the house, including Junior’s girlfriend.
“The guest who refused to leave lost an earring because a dog reacting to her yelling jumped on her. This was not from any contact with Junior Galette.
“There are four witnesses to corroborate this event, including Junior’s girlfriend. The incident was videotaped by Mr. Galette himself.
“This was not domestic violence for many reasons including the fact that the woman with the knife is not in a relationship with Mr. Galette nor do they live together. Also, there was no battery committed by Mr. Galette.
“Junior Galette wants his friends, his fans, his teammates, the Saints organization and the NFL to know that he understands that domestic violence is unacceptable and he supports the league’s efforts to deal with this important issue.”
As the investigation progresses, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any news or changes regarding the Saints’ top pass rusher, Who Dat Nation.