METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - For the first time since suffering a pectoral injury that threatened to end his 2015 season before it began and for the first time since being arrested on allegations of domestic violations, Saints pass rusher Junior Galette addressed the media.
He was confident and composed as he explained his feelings about a January incident which led to his arrest and charges of domestic violence, which were dismissed in February.
"At this level, you can conduct yourself as good, like a choir boy all you want, sometimes trouble comes to you," Galette said. "I had nothing I could try to do. If I could do it all over again, there's not really much different that I could do as far as what this person wants from me out of my life. You really don't know what the warning signs are for that. Someone's gonna cross you and try and take everything you have. It is what it is. I've learned my lesson. I just want to play football again that's all that matters to me right now."
More recently, Galette was captured in an odd cell phone video posted to social media. It featured an unknown voice directing an expletive toward someone named "Sean" shortly after reports of Galette's injury requiring season-ending surgery. Speculation circulated on social media that "Sean" was in reference to head coach Sean Payton. Galette got slightly emotional when addressing that video.
"I'd like to apologize to my fans because I know, Lord knows, I want to be here more than any place in the world," he said. "I love it here! New Orleans gave me an opportunity to change my life and get a lot of things together. I want to be here and going into my sixth year, New Orleans giving me an opportunity. I'm ready to bounce back, I've been through adversity, choices before. If anybody can handle it, it'll be me. I've been through tough situations. This situation now, God is calling my name and I've just got to get closer to Him ...Let Him lead while I follow."
The NFL is scheduled to meet with Galette later this month about the domestic violence incident in January and his approach is simple. "It's out of my control, it's in God's hands, I can only pray about it and become a better person, better role model to young kids," he said. "There's no pressure at all...I'm not discouraged. I'm happy, I'm blessed, I'm thankful that I can enjoy the fruits of my labor and be around a functional organization that believes in me and to know that Sean wants me here and we spoke all offseason and I'm just thankful that I get an opportunity to be able to continue my career here."
Payton did say Tuesday that the current plan is to have Galette ready to participate in training camp, which starts July 29th in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.