New Orleans Saints Junior Galette was arrested Monday after allegations of domestic violence.
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Galette's Attorney Releases Statement
Tuesday, Jan. 6
Evan Woodberry of The Times-Picayune provides a statement from attorney Ralph Whalen:
"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," Whalen said in the statement.
"The incident began when a guest at Junior Galette's home was asked to leave his house, and she refused," Whalen said. "She then grabbed a knife and threatened Junior and four other people in the house, including Junior's girlfriend."
Whalen said the woman lost an earring and injured her ear because a dog reacted to the commotion and jumped on her.
"This was not from any contact with Junior Galette," he said. "There are four witnesses to corroborate this event, including Junior's girlfriend. The incident was videotaped by Mr. Galette himself.
Loomis Speaks on Galette's Arrest
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about Junior Galette's arrest on Monday, via Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Advocate, Mike Triplett of ESPN and Nick Underhill of The Advocate:
Galette Arrested Following Domestic Violence Allegations
Monday, Jan. 5
New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette was arrested Monday in Kenner, Louisiana, on reported allegations of domestic violence.
Gerry Vaillancourt of 99.5 WRNO reported the allegations:
Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Advocate confirmed the arrest with a Kenner Police Department spokesperson, who declined to give specifics on the case. Galette is currently still in custody.
Vargas would later pass on additional details regarding the allegations:
Evan Woodbery of NOLA.com described the scene once the police arrived at the scene:
Woodbery also passed along that the woman was not in a relationship with Galette, but said that she cooks and cleans for him. Galette, however, called her a "dancer."
Jason Lisk of The Big Lead shared Galette's mugshot following his arrest:
Galette, 26, made 45 tackles and recorded a team-high 10 sacks for the Saints in 2014. It was his second straight campaign with double-digit sacks, as the former situational pass-rusher has emerged as one of New Orleans' defensive stalwarts. The Saints signed Galette to a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension in September. He is due to make a $12.5 million roster bonus on March 12, per NFL writer Brian McIntyre.
Under the new NFL domestic violence policy, players convicted of their first offense are required to serve a six-game suspension. The Saints have not released a comment on Galette at this time.
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