A video has appeared on the internet which appears to show Junior Galette, the New Orleans Saints linebacker, strike a woman with a belt while on a beach.
The video has been discovered by the Saints and they have informed the NFL headquarters in New York about it.
The video, which was posted on YouTube on March 25, 2013, will no doubt have catastrophic effects for the Saints player and deservedly so if found guilty. With the recent scandals of domestic and violent abuse of women and children from the hands of top NFL players, such as Ray Rice and Adrien Peterson, this new video is shocking.
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The NFL has come under sever scrutiny and criticism for its handling of the case of Peterson who is now allowed to play for his franchise the Minnesota Vikings this coming season. Ray Rice was consequently let go by the Baltimore Ravens for physically assaulting his wife in an elevator.
This video which allegedly shows Galette however is startling for the NFL and certainly will lead to many questions about its players.
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said, “We were made aware of the video and we sent it to the league office.” He continued, “There is a process this will go through at the league-office level and we are waiting on that to be determined.”
League wide issue
The recent events involving particular players is detrimental for the game of American Football as the NFL seem unable to control their players and do not have a proper disciplinary model in place. Ray Rice was fired from the Ravens yet still is allowed to sign for a new franchise according to the NFL. Peterson is in a similar position with the Vikings.
The NFL has been criticised for its lack of discipline and these players arguably should be out in front of a trial to determine the outcome. For Galette, his attorney Ralph Walen has denied that the individual with the belt in the video is indeed Mr. Galette.
The Saints linebacker has been accused of abuse charges before. According to the New York Post, Galette already had been summoned to meet with the league later this month due to a battery charge for domestic violence.
A 22-year-old woman alleged Galette beat her at his home but the charge was dismissed in February. The woman then filed a civil suit but this was dropped in March 2015.
The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will once again be placed in the media spotlight for the wrong reasons following this videos' surfacing.
With the popularity of the NFL and the amount of role models for young children around the world who watch the sport, this video leaves yet again another negative. It is imperative that the NFL come down strong on Galette and any other players who are found guilty of such charges, should the video prove to show the Saints player.
The case of Peterson unfortunately shows how the disciplinary decisions are inadequate as it seems that now with Peterson back in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings that his domestic abuse charge of his son is forgotten about.