We are in the part of the calendar where roughly four weeks remain in the postseason, but what some of you may call the home stretch of football on the field, I call the preseason for my NFL Fantasy Crime League.
For those who are unfamiliar with the FCL, it was something I created a few years ago for football fans who play fantasy football to have a reason to remain plugged into the NFL for all 12 months of the calendar year. And in the offseason, since there's no football going on, what's the one thing that some NFL players seemingly enjoy doing every offseason?
Get their crime on, that's what!
The scoring is simple. Each NFL team accumulates points throughout the offseason when one of its players commits a crime -- 1 point for a misdemeanor, 3 points for a felony, 10 points for a murder. (We call the last one the Hernandez Rule.)
And the FCL preseason is off and running, courtesy of New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette. Courtesy of NOLA.com comes this story:
New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette, 26, was arrested Monday on a charge of roughing up a woman at his Kenner house. Police also arrested Terrance Banks, 27, of Newark, N.J., who they said was Galette's cousin.
The pair were booked with simple battery on a 22-year-old Metairie woman who identified herself as an assistant to Galette. She told investigators that she had been living with him for about two years, said Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.
Police were dispatched at 8:52 a.m. to the house in the 4400 block of Rue de la Harbor. McGregor said the woman told officers: "Junior and Terrance jumped me."
She told police she had spent the night at Galette's residence and tried to rouse him in the morning to get money for a taxicab. Galette woke Banks 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 to get her to leave.
"Then, I fell down," she told police, "Then they both was on me, and I couldn't breathe."
Okay, so in an offseason after we just went through the worst, most high-profile slew of domestic violence incidents in recent memory around the NFL, Junior Galette decides to rough up a woman at his home. Even worse, reportedly, when the woman tried to call police for help, Banks allegedly snatched her cell phone from her hands. The woman said she grabbed a knife to defend herself because she thought the two men were going to "jump her," McGregor said.
Galette began using a phone to record video of the woman, after which Kenner police seized the phone from Galette and were seeking a search warrant to look through the device, according to McGregor. The woman threw down the knife, and Banks picked her up and put her outside with all of her belongings, McGregor said.
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When authorities arrived, the woman was bleeding from her right ear and had scratches on the side of her face. Also, an earring had been ripped from her ear. For what it's worth, Galette's lawyer claims that the scratches on the woman's face were caused by a dog who was reacting to the woman yelling (a contention that has officially set the "silly bar" fairly high in the FCL preseason).
Galette, who was born in Haiti, signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and agreed to a four-year contract extension last September. Galette had 10 sacks for the Saints in 2014, but missed out on several bonuses that would have activated if he had reached 12 sacks.
Galette's first court date is set for February 26.