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Saints aware of video appearing to show Junior Galette in fight on beach

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints are aware of a 2013 video that allegedly shows outside linebacker Junior Galette striking a woman with a belt during a group scuffle on a beach that was recorded by an onlooker.

"We were made aware of the video, and we sent it to the league office," Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said. "There is a process this will go through at the league office level, and we are waiting on that to be determined."

In the video, a man who appears to be Galette fights another man using his belt. He then swings the belt at the surrounding group and strikes a woman twice with it. Later on, he shoves several people and throws a punch.

Galette's attorney, Ralph Whalen, has told media outlets that his client is not the person in the video.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had no comment. The incident was first reported by NOLA.com.

Galette was already scheduled to meet with NFL officials later this month in New York to determine whether any punishment is warranted for a January arrest on allegations of domestic violence against a female houseguest -- although the case was dismissed.

The NFL's personal conduct policy says punishments can be handed down in incidents such as Galette's January arrest even if cases don't result in criminal convictions, if players are found to have engaged in certain conduct. The baseline suspension for first-time offenders is six games.

Galette expressed confidence earlier this week that he would not be punished by the NFL when he spoke at length with media for the first time this offseason. It is unclear whether Galette was aware that the league had been informed of the 2013 incident.

Galette, 27, had already ruffled feathers within the Saints organization with issues such as the January arrest and comments he made last year, when he derisively insisted that the team's current defensive players were better than the ones from its Super Bowl roster. There were reports in March that the Saints were looking to trade Galette.

But it wouldn't be easy to part with him for football or financial reasons. New Orleans' top pass-rusher, Galette has 22 sacks over the past two years. He signed a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension last year that would make it financially difficult to trade or release him. Galette was paid a guaranteed $12.5 million bonus in March.

Galette said last week that he had spoken with coach Sean Payton throughout the offseason and felt he was in good standing.

"I'm able to ... be around a functional organization that just believes in me and know that Sean wants me here. [We] spoke all offseason, and I'm just thankful that I'm getting an opportunity to continue my career here," he said.