Saints linebacker Junior Galette has been arrested and booked by Kenner, La., police on a charge of simple battery involving domestic violence, the Times-Picayune reported today. Terrance Banks, a cousin of Galette's and his teammate at Temple University, was booked on a charge of simple battery.
"Junior and Terrance jumped me," the woman told investigators when they were dispatched to a home in the 4400 block of Rue de la Harbor about 8:52 a.m., McGregor said.
The victim told police she had spent the night at Galette's residence and tried to rouse him in the morning to get money for a cab. Galette woke up his cousin and told him to take care of it. But both men then told the woman they weren't giving her any money and ordered her out of the house.
The three began arguing. The woman said Galette pushed her twice in an attempt to get her to leave the house.
"Then, I fell down," she told police, "Then they both was on me, and I couldn't breathe."
The woman said she tried to fight both men, but couldn't. Galette is then accused of picking up the woman to put her out. The woman said she grabbed a knife to defend herself because she believed the two men were going to "jump her," according to McGregor.
The women threw down the knife, and Banks picked her up and put her outside with all of her belongings, McGregor said.
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A Saints spokesman told reporters that the team is aware of the arrest and is collecting information. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Galette started 13 games this season and inked a four-year contract extension in September.
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