Latest brush with law fur­ther com­pli­cates Galette’s sta­tus

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY NORA PRINCIOTTI

With the Red­skins still hold­ing out hope that he can be healthy enough to con­trib­ute on the field, Ju­nior Galette’s added another layer of com­pli­ca­tion to his sit­u­a­tion when he was ar­rested Fri­day night.

The Red­skins would-be pass­rusher was ar­rested in Biloxi, Miss. in the af­ter­math of a mu­sic fes­ti­val geared to­ward col­lege stu­dents on spring break.

The Biloxi Po­lice Depart­ment con­firmed that Galette was ar­rested for dis­or­derly con­duct and fail­ure to com­ply with po­lice of­fi­cers out­side MGM Park, a mi­nor-league base­ball sta­dium that, for that night, hosted the “Spring Break Ex­plo­sion Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.”

A Biloxi po­lice of­fi­cer re­sponded to a re­ported fight out­side the con­cert saw Galette strik­ing another per­son, ac­cord­ing to Biloxi Po­lice Sgt. Jackie Rhodes. Galette ran away when the of­fi­cer told him to stop and the of­fi­cer pur­sued him and even­tu­ally used a stun gun on Galette be­fore mak­ing the ar­rest.

Galette was co­op­er­a­tive after his ar­rest and likely would not have been ar­rested at all had he not initially run away, ac­cord­ing to Rhodes. Aside from Galette’s pro­file as an NFL player, it was the type of in­ci­dent po­lice han­dle all the time at spring break events. It was a busy night for Biloxi law en­force­ment over­all.

Galette was held at the po­lice sta­tion for about an hour and a half be­fore he was re­leased on a $500 cash bond.

A po­lice depart­ment spokesman said that Galette had friends with him, but was the only mem­ber of his party who

was ar­rested.

A Red­skins spokesper­son said that the team is “aware of the in­ci­dent,” is “gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion and will re­frain from mak­ing any fur­ther com­ment.”

Galette is still fac­ing a civil law­suit filed after he was ar­rested and briefly put in jail in Jan­uary 2015 on ac­cu­sa­tions of mis­de­meanor do­mes­tic abuse bat­tery. Galette was never charged with a crime in that case, but his ac­cuser is seek­ing dam­ages.

The Red­skins re-signed Galette, a for­mer Saint, this off­sea­son, though the 29-year-old has missed ev­ery game in the last two sea­sons due to sep­a­rate Achilles ten­don in­juries. Galette last played foot­ball in 2014, his last year with the Saints.

That year, Galette led the Saints with 10 sacks. After two surg­eries, Wash­ing­ton is hop­ing that he’s re­tained at least some of that ex­plo­sive­ness.

“We’ll see,” coach Jay Gru­den said last month. “We’ve been ex­cited to have Ju­nior the last cou­ple years, and un­for­tu­nately, two Achilles. In­juries are a part of foot­ball, so [it’s] noth­ing you could pre­dict.”

“[At] one time, he was one of the most dy­namic pass rush­ers in the game, with his tenac­ity and his abil­ity to get off on the ball. He has a great, great get off. Hope­fully, that hasn’t been af­fected. That’s one thing he’s got to work to­ward get­ting back, be­cause you can’t coach the speed [and how] he gets out of his stance and gets around that tackle be­fore he gets out of his stance. He’s the best at that.”

At the time Gru­den spoke, he said he wasn’t sure what he could ex­pect from Galette after so much time missed. The Red­skins de­fense could cer­tainly benefit from an able pass-rusher on the field, the place they’re hop­ing the next bit of news about Galette will come from.

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