Latest brush with law further complicates Galette’s status
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
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.