New York Giants Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress (shown above) will be charged with criminal possession of a weapon by New York City prosecutors.
This, according to his lawyer after accidentally shooting himself in the right thigh in a Manhattan night club on Friday night.
Lawyer Benjamin Brafman wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Burress will turn himself in Monday morning in New York City and “will enter a plea of not guilty later that same day.”
“I do not expect that Mr. Burress will make a statement,” Brafman wrote.
He met with Burress for about an hour Sunday at the player’s home in New Jersey.
“I would ask that his fans, the Giants and the media withhold judgment in this matter until all of the facts have been disclosed,” Brafman wrote to the AP.
It’s easy to pass judgement without knowing the past behavior of someone. But Burress’ behavior seems to be unraveling before our very eyes this season.
He was suspended for a game against Seattle in October and fined $117,500 for missing a team meeting and failing to notify the Giants of his absence. He said he had a family emergency.
Burress also was fined $45,000 by the NFL for his conduct during a game against San Francisco in which he abused an official and tossed a ball into the stands.
Now with this latest incident, one has to wonder if Burress will be capable of helping his team win another Super Bowl…or even his commitment to the team.
Even though he was trying to protect himself in light of the recent violent incidents involving NFL players, this was still a bonehead decision.
Nightclubs are prime areas for violence. Carrying weapons, whether licenced or not, is asking for trouble.
Burress must make better decisions involving his livelihood. He’s let down his teammates and his fans.
Otherwise, he could be in more trouble.
Sports Illustrated Writer Peter King reported on NBC’s Football Night in America that Plaxico Burress may have endangered his future with the New York Giants.
The team owes Burress $1 million dollars in un-guaranteed salary on December 10th. His total salary still owed for his contract is approximately $35 million dollars, mostly un-guaranteed.
King said because of the lingering legal problems, don’t be surprised if Burress has played his last game as a Giant, as the team may be reluctant to pay him dues to conduct unbecoming of a player.
Meanwhile, there may be trouble on the horizon with Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce.
New York police and NFL security are investigating what happened on Friday. Pierce was interviewed by NFL security at the team’s hotel on Saturday. This according to Giants General Manager, Jerry Reese.