Junior Galette Charged with 3 Traffic Violations: Latest Details and Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 29, 2015

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Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette has been charged with three misdemeanors following a traffic stop.

According to TMZ Sports, citing court documents, Galette was pulled over in Louisiana on July 7 when officers noticed he was driving with a suspended license and didn't have the proper tags on his car. 

The TMZ report also notes Galette is ordered to appear in court on August 10 for the misdemeanor charges, which is "the same day he has a hearing in a civil case filed by a woman who accused him of domestic violence."

Galette was officially released by the Saints on Monday, per Nick Underhill of the Advocate. The 27-year-old was one year into a four-year deal he signed with the team in 2014. 

Saints head coach Sean Payton told Pro Football Talk Live (via Saints.com) the decision to release Galette was the result of him not meeting the team's expectations away from the field. 

An undrafted free agent out of Stillman College, Galette's career has been plagued by off-field issues. He was charged with domestic violence in early 2015, but it was dismissed in February. The alleged victim has since filed a civil lawsuit against the former NFL star. 

He may also be subject to punishment from the NFL if he signs with another team, after the league was made aware of a video showing a man identified as Galette striking a woman twice with a belt, per Larry Holder of the Times-PicayuneGalette's lawyer has denied it is his client in the video.

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Given all of the issues facing Galette at the moment, including the three new misdemeanor charges, it is unclear what his NFL prospects are both now and in the future.