Mort predicts a one-year suspension for Plaxico

Since a Monday prediction from a prominent NFL insider worked out pretty well, another prominent NFL insider has gotten in on the act.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen offered up what appears to be a prediction during the Tuesday morning SportsCenter marathon.

“I think [Commissioner Roger] Goodell will make a decision some time shortly, within the next week,” Mortensen said.  “And he will suspend Plaxico Burress for a year.”

[UPDATE:  Peter King of SI.com also predicted in his Monday Morning Quarterback Column that Goodell will suspend Burress for the entire 2009 season.]

Burress is facing felony weapons charges in New York arising from a November 2008 self-shooting incident. 

In 2007, Goodell suspended Mike Vick indefinitely after he was indicted on federal conspiracy charges relating to gambling and dogfighting.  Burress was indicted earlier this month.

As we argued last night, it’s not fair to continue to force Burress to twist in the wind, since his uncertain status was operating as a de facto suspension, keeping anyone from pursuing him.

14 responses to “Mort predicts a one-year suspension for Plaxico

  1. plaxico, favre, vick…
    if i hear one of those names one more time today, I will cut off my bean bag : o

  2. As we argued last night, it’s not fair to continue to force Burress to twist in the wind, since his uncertain status was operating as a de facto suspension, keeping anyone from pursuing him.
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    It’s not a de facto suspension. Any team is free to pursue him. No strings attached. Are there lingering problems hovering overhead? Yes. Damn straight there are. But it’s a risk/reward thing. If they value Burress enough, they’ll sign him. Just like the Eagles with Vick.

  3. bad decision / terrible result = 1 year (PLAX,Stallworth)
    6 year long interstate gambling ring / animal cruelty = play ball

  4. So how does this work. If a team signs a player that will be suspended for a year does that mean they dont pay him the first year?
    Can he serve his suspension without being on a team?
    How does signing a suspended player differ from having a signed player suspended for a team?

  5. This is hilarious. Glazer gets the scoop/prediction of the year, being that no one knew that Vick was going to sign with the Eagles, so ESPN has to go with the only other big name pissing in the wind right now. It’ll be funny if it’s eight games.

  6. If plax gets the same year that Stallworth got Goodell needs to have his head examined.
    Can we get some consistency here.
    How in the world he comes up with these arbitrary suspension lengths blows my mind.

  7. Big Derty-
    Just because you don’t know the criteria he uses doesn’t mean Goodell’s method is “arbitrary.”

  8. What if he gets a years suspension, then gets a Stallworth like (or lighter) sentence at trial? Goodell would look pretty stupid.

  9. What I don’t understand is, the act of purchasing a gun without a permit is illegal in all states but I don’t believe firing the weapon is a separate offense and nor do I believe every state has the same penalties. From a moral standpoint, what he did was no worse than Tank Johnson and he got suspended for 8 games (6 if he rehabbed) while his children had access to his guns and, ironically, he was at a club when his friend was getting killed and Plaxico was only carrying a gun because a friend of his was shot. Goodell needs to be consistent and fair. You shouldn’t be able to beat women and miss two games.

  10. ok glen
    have a dose of favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre favre

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