Plaxico Burress testified in front of a grand jury in New York City Wednesday for two and a half hours.
Once he was done, he surprisingly spoke to the media about it.
“I was truthful. I was honest,” Burress said. “I’m truly remorseful what I’ve done and what happened and what I did. I just want to thank everybody — family, friends, fans — for their prayers and support.”
Burress’ lawyer Benjamin Brafman said it took a “big man” to acknowledge his responsibility and testify Wednesday. (It’s true: Brafman’s head appears to be level with Plax’s chest, like mine would.)
Brafman said that Burress pointed out many “mitigating circumstances” including that he had no criminal intent and that Burress was the only victim in this case.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio pointed out that Burress appears to be mounting a P.R. case in addition to the one they presented in court.
It’s unclear when we’ll know if an indictment is handed down.
Again, Florio is the legal expert around here. But it seems odd that Burress was asked questions for 150 minutes Wednesday when the case appears so cut and dry.
All of the time on the stand, which would presumably include essentially confessing to the crime of shooting the unregistered gun, might just be a recognition that Burress had very little to lose at this stage.
In his own words, Brafman reportedly wanted to “humanize” Burress to the jury. The lanky former Giants receiver appeared to be fighting back emotions after he spoke to the press.