It would seem difficult to punish a player over allegations that officials decided not to pursue, but the NFL is still trying to determine if Junior Galette could face punishment.
League officials have spoken with local prosecutors to determine if the New Orleans Saints pass rusher had violated the league’s personal conduct policy in January, when he was accused of “jumping” a woman at his Kenner home.
After looking into the incident, Kenner City Attorney Michael Power determined in February that he could not prosecute the domestic violence charge and dropped the case.
Galette has not yet spoken with NFL investigators and those close to his camp remain confident he will not be suspended or disciplined by the league.
The NFL has cracked down on domestic violence recently. The NFL’s new personal conduct policy, which was put into action Dec. 10, Galette could face a suspension of six games if the league determines he acted inappropriately.
The policy also states a conviction is not needed to pursue disciplinary action. Though the laws and processes in North Carolina differ from those in other states, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy won an appeal on a domestic violence conviction and was still suspended 10 games.
But that situation might not compare to Galette’s. Hardy was initially found guilty of a crime. In Galette’s case, prosecutors decided the evidence and accusations against the pass rusher were not strong enough to seek a conviction.
It could be difficult for the NFL to come to another conclusion.