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- Plaxico Burress
- Professional Football
- November, 2008
- Criminal Possession of a Handgun
- Two Years in Prison, Two years of Supervised Release
The arrest of Plaxico Burress:
You know the phrase "he shot himself in the foot?" When this guy shot himself in the thigh, he made himself the poster boy for that phrase.
Plaxico Burress was a very successful wide receiver in the NFL, drafted after a college career at Michigan State by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2000.
By 2005, he signed a deal to play for the New York Giants for six years and $25 million dollars.
Burress played on the Super Bowl XLII champion New York Giants, making the game winning touchdown catch.
But he started having problems later in 2008, like not showing up for work at a May mini-camp in a contract dispute. By September 2008, he wasn't showing up for work on Mondays. None of that was criminal.
However, storm clouds were forming and in August and September of 2008, police in New Jersey responded to two reports of domestic disturbance at the Burress home.
And it really hit the fan on November 28, 2008, when Plaxico suffered an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound to his right thigh in a New York City nightclub. He says when he grabbed for the gun when it began sliding in his pocket, he accidentally pulled the trigger.
The injury wasn't life threatening, but it was life-altering. Burress broke the law by carrying that gun and incurred the wrath of New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who urged Burress be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Giants suspended Plaxico without pay. A December search of his Totowa New Jersey home led to discovery of a handgun, rifle and ammunition and by August 2009, Burress was indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and a single count of reckless endangerment, both felonies.
He accepted a plea deal in August 2009 that would mean two years in prison and then two years of supervised release and served until June 2011 at New York's Oneida Correctional Facility.
He came back to play with the cross-town New York Jets in in 2011…
…and then returned to play with Pittsburgh, where he was placed on the injured reserve list in August 2013 with a torn rotator cuff.
As a post-script, Burress also had problems with Florida police in 2009 for driving violations, including speeding and improper lane changes and improper window tinting.