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Galette Arrested - What's Next?

April 11, 2017
Junior Galette was arrested in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday night as first reported by the Washington Post and Master Tesfatsion.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to comply by the Biloxi Police Department and was released on $500 bond.

According to the report, Galette allegedly was involved in a fight, left the scene and then was ultimately arrested. 

Bashaud Breeland was the last Redskins player to be arrested, at the end of training camp in his rookie year of 2014. 

Galette, who has yet to play even a single preseason game with the Redskins over the last two years, was re-signed by the organization a few weeks back.

He’s not stranger to trouble as he was suspended without pay for two games (served with Redskins) for an incident (on a beach) that occurred when he was a member of the Saints.

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(Galette (in white) swinging a belt at a female atter an incident on a beach in 2014. 

He also was arrested in early 2015 for a domestic abuse matter but the charges were dropped.

Whatever happened and whatever Galette did, doesn’t really matter. It should not have happened, regardless of the circumstances.

I’m 43 years old. I haven’t been arrested one time in my life or even come close.

Mistakes happen and there’s always three sides to every story, so I am not here to judge whether Galette is guilty or did wrong.

What I feel comfortable in saying is this: He should never put himself in this position.

Some sort of ridiculous spring break event that drew an estimated 60,000 people who were likely drinking, is not someplace that Galette needs to be. Unless he’s tempting fate and begging for trouble.

Yes he has a right to have a life and do what he wants, but as a professional athlete who has a reputation for being involved in some troubling incidents in the past, you have to protect yourself.

More than protecting the Redskins. Sorry, but this is silly. Go out to a restaurant. Party at home. Go to a private beach.

There was a report of Galette getting tazered by police. Whatever. If that happened, it’s more than possible/likely that you were doing something wrong.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and situation, so hopefully this is a huge mix up. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t?

The point is: There’s no need to open yourself up to this situation. Ever. Too much can go wrong, way too quickly.

For those of you that are going to say “Who are you to tell somebody what to do?” – I hear ya. I don’t really care what Junior Galette does with his life. It’s his.

However, if he wants to play for the Redskins and if he wants to play in the NFL, he better think twice about the situations that HE CONTROLS and HE PUTS HIMSELF in.

The Redskins were already thin at edge pass rusher and were very likely to address the position in the upcoming NFL Draft.

That was before Trent Murphy was suspended for four games (pending appeal) for a violation of the NFL Performance Enhancing Drug Policy.

Now? You can take it to the bank.

Does this affect how the Redskins view their first selection at # 17? Could they lock down on Derek Barnett from Tennessee or Solomon Thomas from Stanford because now, an area in need of an upgrade is almost certain to be a major area of weakness if significant resources are not paid to it.

The other big issue with Galette getting arrested, regardless of what happened is this. He could be facing another suspension by the NFL for another violation of the personal conduct policy.

Galette, likely would be facing a harsher  suspension regardless of adjudication, because of his past suspension and issues.

In other words, even if charges are dropped, Galette could face a longer suspension than he’s already served, back in the 2015 season.

This is clearly not good for the Redskins. Especially with Murphy very likely to miss a few games and possibly up to four in the first month of the season.

So here you have Galette, who has worked very hard to recover from two separate Achilles tendon injuries (one on each ankle), trying to get back on the field and if he can stay healthy for the first time as a Redskin, he might not be eligible to play until sometime in October.


Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network ( & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN