New Orleans Saints linebacker arrested for domestic battery

Mon Jan 5, 2015 3:05pm EST
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By Jonathan Kaminsky

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette was arrested on Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery involving a woman at his home in a New Orleans suburb, police said.

The 22-year-old woman, who identified herself as Galette's live-in assistant, suffered a bloody ear and scratches to her face after a physical altercation with Galette, 26, and his cousin, Kenner police spokesman Lieutenant Brian McGregor said.

The incident is the latest in a string of high-profile domestic abuse cases involving NFL players recently, including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, amid public pressure, in August strengthened the league’s penalties against such crimes.

In Galette's case, the woman told police that the incident occurred after Galette and Terrance Banks, 27, refused to give her cab fare to leave the player's house after she awoke there on Monday morning, McGregor said.

Banks was also arrested and charged with simple battery.

The woman said that both men pushed her to the ground and left her struggling to breathe before she wielded a knife in self-defense and Galette began recording her with his phone, McGregor said.

Police have seized Galette's phone and are seeking a search warrant to review the recording, McGregor said.   Continued...

New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) reaches for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, in this file photo taken September 21, 2014.   REUTERS/Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports/Files