PFT- Paraphrased tweet from Galette: "Said Julio Jones exposed Keenan Lewis in their one on one matchups and implied that Lewis is an 'ostrich looking bitch'. Also said Payton played favorites by giving Lewis a raise when he pouted."
One unnamed Saint said “the real Junior came out” after he got paid, which went along with a locker room fight to paint a picture that doesn’t make much of an advertisement for future employment. Cornerback Keenan Lewis had a friendlier appraisal of Galette when asked about his former teammate at Lewis’s annual youth football camp.
“You know, that’s a guy who I think is a good guy. Probably made a couple of bad decisions lately, but I don’t want people to judge him,” Lewis said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “Give him a chance, give him an opportunity. Wish the best for him. Don’t talk down on him and say this guy’s that. Like they say, don’t ever judge a book from the first two pages. Always read the middle.”
Safety Kenny Vaccaro was also at Lewis’s camp and stuck to Galette’s football ability while discussing the departure.
“I really didn’t follow all the stuff closely,” Vaccaro said. “Junior’s a great player, he played his heart out every game. It’s unfortunate that we can’t have him, because he’s a great pass rusher.”
How you respond when a scorned teammate takes to social media to insult you under the guise of a girlfriend that he may or may not have says a lot about you. Actually, if we are being honest, it probably says a lot more about Junior Galette. If there is anything that can make an idiot look more stupid than his own formulated thoughts it's an apologetic victim. If there was one person that Junior Galette should have avoided in his now man Twitter show the other day it is Keenan Lewis. For better worse, Lewis has been steadfast in his support of the city and every one of his teammates since signing to play in his hometown of New Orleans. So while he may look a little bit like an ostrich, and may have fallen victim to Julio Jones athleticism once or twice, he is still something that Junior Galette is not. A star caliber NFL player with a job, a contract, and the respect of his teammates and opposition alike. Not sure I would go around accusing one of the few players that performed admirably last season, despite a grotesque knee injury, of being a 'bitch'. Especially when your a player that resorted to airing his teammates dirty laundry for the world to see, despite them having nothing to do with his release. I'm not saying Junior Gallette is a 'bitch', but that's a very bitch-like move.
Unfortunately, while I appreciate Lewis taking the high road, I highly doubt new scenery, or any number of second chances is going to change Junior Galette. I think we have made it A LOT farther than two pages into the book on JG. We are probably getting pretty close to the conclusion. The pages are dwindling down and, if I recall correctly, children's books don't have chapters. He's been given the benefit of the doubt far too many times to start believing that the next one will make a difference. If anything, the disparaging remarks on Twitter proved that he doesn't appreciate how lucky he is to be a professional football player. It's never Junior's fault. Not once has he taken even the slightest amount of responsibility for the myriad of situations which led to release. I wish I could say that one day he will learn that his personality and decision making outweigh his abilities on the field, but I'm afraid that day won't come until his talent has passed him by. For that reason, I pity him, and I think Keenan Lewis and Kenny Vaccaro do too. Why waste anger and hurtful words on a player who will soon be irrelevant? That's not how professionals conduct themselves, and that's why I can't see Galette being a professional for too much longer.
P.S. Kenny Vaccaro saying that Galette is a great pass rusher after he pretty much called him a queer that stinks at safety is just as commendable. As the old saying goes, you can't argue with stupid without, in turn, sounding stupid as well.