After claiming he was blacklisted, Junior Galette ready to return to NFL
Another displaced NFL player is looking to make a comeback on the gridiron in the near future. Outside linebacker Junior Galette claimed that he has been blacklisted by the NFL because he spoke up about pay discrimination.
After three years on the sidelines, the 32-year old is now looking to flip the script as he aims to land a spot on an NFL team.
“With this pandemic happening, a player that’s had eight years, a veteran player like me, my stock is at an all-time high right now,” he said.
Galette has been no stranger to adversity as he entered the league as an undrafted free agent picked up by the New Orleans Saints. His energetic play on the defensive end of the field paved the way for his inclusion in the Saints’ opening game roster back in 2010. He was even selected to be one of the defensive captains during the 2014 season when he had the best campaign of his career.
The Haiti native left New Orleans by the end of the year and signed with the then-Washington Redskins in 2015. He tore his left Achilles tendon a week prior to the first game of the season which prematurely ended his supposed first season with his new team.
Galette was kept on the sidelines once again as he tore his right Achilles tendon prior to the 2016 season. He rehabbed again before suiting up for Washington a year later. Following the 2017 season in which he recorded a total of three sacks, the team’s front office eventually withdrew its offer to Galette after disagreements over salary.
He was reported by the media to be signed by the Rams a few years ago but never got to suit up for the team in an NFL game. In June of 2020, Galette published an Open Letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell where he sought a just treatment for Black players and hoped for an end to policies that blacklisted players who spoke out against racism issues in the league.
Football fans have to wait for further developments if Galette will indeed have a second lease in his playing career.