New Orleans Saints- On what led to the release: “There are a series of things. For one, I think it would be unfair to say the 2014 season went awry and we finished 7-9 because of one person or begin to assign (blame) to any one person. There were a number reasons we weren’t a good football team last year.
“Dealing specifically with the contract Junior received, when it’s all said and done there was more expected off the field. I think there were too many inconsistencies and things took place where we didn’t feel comfortable as a club. Obviously, when you write a check like that and make a commitment like that, you have a long-term vision. That same vision when we signed Junior as a rookie player.
“As a head coach, you feel like you failed because you take a vested interest in seeing him have success and all the things you want. At the same time, there is a team element that was really paramount. It was in the best interest going forward for our team. I am sure he will have a handful of opportunities with other clubs. We wish him well. For our team coming up to this season, it was the right thing to do.”
On what he would say if another coach calls him about possibly signing Galette:
“You know you are going to get a guy that gives great effort. He is someone that works hard. He is passionate and I love that about him. He plays with passion. The key thing, and the area I get frustrated with myself, is making sure that there is that communication of what we are doing and what the expectation level is. Guys are going to make mistakes - all of us are. At the same time it had gotten to a point for this upcoming season it was a decision we had to make.
“With all that said, we have had guys come to our roster (after dealing with off-the-field issues). Anthony Hargrove, battled a handful of demons in his career. It’s about the fit. I would be more than happy to visit with another coach or general manager with regards to signing Junior. You want to see him do well, have success and realize all of his dreams.”
Well, well, well. Look who put down the whiskey and molly, and stopped fucking his whore of a girlfriend in West Virginia long enough to give us a nice little soundbite on the controversy surrounding Junior Galette. How dare you Sean Payton. How dare you take the high road and praise Junior for his work ethic and passion. How dare you wish him the best going forward. How dare you respond to his scathing allegations with class and dignity. Do you know how hard Gallette worked to offend you and disparage the organization? And you're not even going to defend yourself with a passionate response? At least acknowledge him in a stern tone. This is like when you spend hours upon hours writing a paper that you can is an 'A', and you teacher marks it with a 'C' and throws it in the trash. Maybe it's the fact that I just listened to Drake slaughter Meek Mill on wax before 8AM in the morning, but I think the only way to settle this is with a good, old fashioned rap battle. I need some passive aggressive bars about Junior Galette beating bitches with belts or failing to keep containment during running plays. I'm not saying I want the head coach of my football team to stoop to the level of a hardly educated idiot who is about to talk himself out of the league, but...well, fuck it, that's exactly what I am saying. For someone who is such an aggressive play caller and personality you know Sean Payton has a heap-helping of insults just sitting on the tip of his tongue.
Really took me by surprise that Payton said he was frustrated with himself for failing to properly communicate with Junior. Can't believe that didn't go smoothly. Sean Payton and Junior Galette discussing the intricacies of football is like Shakespeare trying to explain one of his plays to the half retarded guy that revived the 'Deez Nuts' phenomenon. It's like trying to teach a toddler to use a fork and knife while he's busy throwing apple sauce at his grandmother. Two men that are on completely different wavelengths intellectually.
I got to give Sean Payton credit. A lesser man wouldn't have been able to to sit there and just ramble off a bunch a cliches and continue on with his coach-speak. Especially when a player basically called him a drug abusing alcoholic that sacrificed the success of the team for sexual satisfaction. Sure, dignifying those allegations with a response would have only made it look like there was a modicum of truth to them. However, it's easy to sucked in when the accusations are as potentially damaging to his reputation as Galette's were. I guess that's what makes Sean Payton a multimillion dollar head coach, and myself a person that satirically writes about him. Good thing Junior is far too dumb to ever be taken seriously or Saints fans might actually have something to worry about. I think Sean Payton speaks for all of us when he says he wishes Junior Galette the best. Especially since that 'best' is likely to come when he's the Assistant Manager at a Wal-Mart in 6 months.