New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette will meet with NFL in regards to January arrest
It’s been quite an interesting offseason for New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette. From an arrest on domestic violence charges to a pectoral injury that was once expected to require surgery, to a series of other off-field issues highlighted by a viral video, it’s been a bumpy start to 2015.
The only good news to surface from all of this is that he will not need surgery on his pectoral muscle after a visit with Dr. James Andrews, the man who repaired Drew Brees some time ago.
However, I guess it’s also to be noted that the domestic violence charges were dropped about one month after the incident occurred. The dramatic offseason all began on the morning of Jan. 5 at his home in Kenner when a woman called police after Galette had allegedly strangled, beat and ripped out her earring.
Though, the story didn’t hold, and there were witnesses to help Junior Galette’s case. There is a civil suit still brewing, but the original attorney representing the alleged victim dropped her as a client.
Regardless of the outcome, the NFL wants to meet with Galette about his January arrest, and they will. However, the Saints’ leading pass rusher a season ago is confident things will end in his favor.
“As far as the news goes, it’s been good news,” Galette told The Times-Picayune Wednesday afternoon following the team’s second day of minicamp. “It didn’t really look good on her (alleged victim) part as the case got thrown out before it even got to court. Everything looks good and we’ll find out at the end of the month.”
Junior Galette seems to think he’s grown and learned from all the offseason mishaps.
“I’ll become a better person from it and a better role model to little kids. I’m not discouraged, I’m happy, I’m blessed, I’m thankful.”
He said he considers the offseason issues closed and that he’s happy to avoid surgery, which could have left him sidelined for a majority or even all of the 2015 season. As for the video, Galette said it was just to brag about the chain he was wearing, assuring it had nothing to do about Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Sean Payton has a low-tolerance approach when it comes to headaches like Junior Galette. However, the Saints need him, so it’s time for him to grow up. Hopefully he understands that his golden opportunity is quickly diminishing.
Galette plays a crucial role in the Black and Gold’s pass rushing game, totaling 22 sacks since becoming a full-time starter in 2013. His talent is undeniable and the sky is the limit, but if he can’t clean his act up he could be kissing life down on the bayou goodbye. It will be interesting to see how his meeting with the league goes, which is scheduled for the end of the month.
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