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Draft Scout Junior Galette News
11/30/15 - LB Junior Galette was reinstated from reserve/suspended Monday (Nov. 30) and reverts to the Redskins' reserve/injured list.
11/16/15 - LB Junior Galette of the Redskins has been suspended two games by the NFL for his role in a domestic violence incident in January.
Galette, who is currently on season-ending injured reserve after suffering a torn Achilles in August, will begin serving his suspension immediately and lose two game checks for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy.
Galette, 27, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor simple battery/domestic violence in January after a domestic incident at his home in Kenner, La., but the charges were dropped on Feb. 19. The accuser later filed a civil suit against Galette, alleging he sexually abused her for years. But that suit was dismissed in August after the 22-year-old woman failed to pursue the case.
09/02/15 - LB Junior Galette (torn Achilles) was placed on reserve/injured by the Redskins Monday (Aug. 31).
07/31/15 - OLB Junior Galette signed a one-year contract with the Redskins Friday (July 31) after being released by the New Orleans Saints because of off-field problems.
Galette's agent, lvin Keels, said via Twitter on Friday: "Junior Galette will sign a 1 year deal with the Washington Redskins today. Junior is grateful for the second chance he is being afforded by the Redskins and is looking forward to not only producing on the field but also to display the veteran leadership in the locker room.
"The deal is for the league minimum. This deal isn't about the money. Junior feels that he has a lot to prove both on and off of the field."
Galette was cut Monday by the Saints following the release of a 2013 video that appears to show a physical altercation on a beach between Galette and a woman that involved a belt.
Galette was released after posting 22 sacks the past two seasons with the Saints. The parting led to a tirade from Galette that will prompt further character questions from the Redskins.
The NFL has talked to Galette about his arrest in January for domestic simple battery, and the league is now investigating the 2013 video of the scuffle in South Beach, Fla.
"Obviously, he's had some issues in the past," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Thursday before the first practice of training camp. "But we like to draw our own conclusions about every individual that we bring into this building. And we'll go from there. It's very early right now. I haven't had a chance to talk to him at all. So until I do, I won't draw any conclusions on what's happened to him in the past."
Asked about the process that occurs when players with prior issues are considered, Gruden said, "It starts up top with (club president) Bruce (Allen) and (general manager) Scot (McCloughan) and myself. We all three came to the same conclusion. Like I said before, all the decisions we make are as a group. It's all three of us together. We decided to take a chance and give him an opportu
07/27/15 - LB Junior Galette had his contract terminated by the Saints Monday (July 27). Despite his pass-rushing ability, for which Galette received a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension last September, Saints officials grew weary of the antics of the six-year veteran and he was informed Friday that he would be released.
Apparently, the Saints feel they did enough in free agency and the draft to let the troubled Galette go with a substantial cap hit on the books for this season and 2016 -- about $5.45 million this year and $12.1 million next year.
Galette was arrested for domestic violence at his home in early January although the charge was later dropped. In June, a video surfaced showing a man -- reportedly Galette -- striking a woman with a belt during an altercation in Miami Beach in 2013 and throwing punches at others during the melee.
Galette's attorney said it's difficult to tell if Galette, who met with league officials about the incidents in late June, is the man in the video.
Nevertheless, the Saints were ready to move on after Galette became a distraction -- which reportedly included a locker room fight with former Saints defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick -- after getting his huge contract.