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Plaxico says his legal troubles were “totally blown out of proportion”

Plaxico Burress, AP

Former Steelers and Giants receiver Plaxico Burress continues to make the media rounds.  Most recently, he appeared on Good Day New York — and he discussed once again the very bad night that culminated in his incarceration.

“I believe it was totally blown out of proportion,” Burress said, per the New York Post.  “I believe with everything that was said by the mayor and the media . . . that it was just over-generalized and I think it went a little further than it needed to go.  But at the same time, I was accountable for my actions.”

Burress is referring to his decision to take a loaded gun into a Manhattan nightclub, and the inadvertent firing of the weapon.  It easily can be argued that the punishment didn’t fit the crime, since the bullet struck no one other than Burress.  But it also can be argued that the goal of the law that put Burress, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg called it, “in the slammer” for an extended stretch has a goal of ensuring that accidents don’t happen.

Still, the fact that Burress did roughly the same amount of time as Mike Vick even though Vick admitted to gambling, dogfighting, and the killing of dogs deemed unfit to die while fighting other dogs, it’s easy to conclude that Burress got the short end of the legal stick.

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  1. wannabeqb says: Jun 16, 2011 2:40 PM

    I would argue that Vick got off unbelievably easy rather than Burress getting treated harshly.

  2. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jun 16, 2011 2:42 PM

    “Still, the fact that Burress did roughly the same amount of time as Mike Vick even though Vick admitted to gambling, dogfighting, and the killing of dogs deemed unfit to die while fighting other dogs, it’s easy to conclude that Burress got the short end of the legal stick.”

    Vick should have done about 10 years but that this discussion wouldn’t even be happening had the gun accidentally fired in a different direction and hit some innocent club goer in the head.

  3. billygoat says: Jun 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    The law was in place when he did the crime. It has a mandatory sentence. Whether we believe the law is right or not, it is still the law. If he thought the law was wrong you can fight it in court all the way to the supreme court. He didn’t. He took the plea. Case over.

    Don’t do the crime if you don’t want to do the time.

  4. jdandcoke says: Jun 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    he probably did get screwed legally….but it was his own stupididty that put himself in the situation to begin with. married with kids and out at a club with a gun….what good can come of that? these dudes need to grow up and understand whats important in life: family….and supporting that family. dont mean to sound corny but at some point you have to leave the club BS to the idiot kids and realize that youre an adult.

  5. jpiro says: Jun 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    Plaxico did the appropriate amount of time for the crime he committed. The fact that the bullet hit him is irrelevant.

    If the bullet had struck or killed someone else, he would have been convicted of assault, endangerment and/or involuntary manslaughter and done far more time.

    Next time, let your bodyguard carry the gun or, better yet, don’t go somewhere that you feel you need a handgun to be safe at.

  6. rpiotr01 says: Jun 16, 2011 2:44 PM

    Actually, justice got the wrong end of the stick – Mike Vick should have been locked up a lot longer than he was, and also should have received a permanent ban from the NFL.

  7. rcali says: Jun 16, 2011 2:45 PM

    Everybody is missing the point here. How did Burress even get into a club wearing workout pants?

  8. larryfinfan says: Jun 16, 2011 2:46 PM

    A sad sign that Plax still doesn’t get it….he broke the law, a law he was very aware of. Simple, plain, straight out…own up to it and move on. Your punishment fit the crime, you did your time, move on, Plax…

  9. alewatcher says: Jun 16, 2011 2:46 PM

    Actually, if he had the brains to use a holster, it’s very likely no one would have ever known he was carrying.

  10. zaggs says: Jun 16, 2011 2:52 PM

    “as Mayor Michael Bloomberg called it, “in the slammer” for an extended stretch has a goal of ensuring that accidents don’t happen.”

    That might make sense if it wasn’t for the fact that the majority of people who find themselves in the same situation as Burress serve 6 months or less jailtime (if they server any).
    I just hope Bloomberg stays in office to see the day his laws get struck down in court as they violate both the 2nd amendment and equal protection found in the US constitution.

  11. zaggs says: Jun 16, 2011 2:54 PM

    “jpiro says:

    don’t go somewhere that you feel you need a handgun to be safe at.”

    Considering Steve Smith (as in #12) was robbed at gun point only 3 days earlier, where should team-mates of his feel “safe”?

  12. bigbwoy000 says: Jun 16, 2011 2:56 PM

    Plaxico refused a plea bargain that would have given him 6 mos. He wanted no jail time & when he refused the plea, Bloomberg (right or wrong) threw the penalty that is clearly stated on the books of 24 months for carrying a concealed firearm in NYC. Had he taken the plea, he’s have been out & playing a long time ago.

    Vick should have done a lot more time based upon his heinous, intentional cruelty & torture with his bare hands for his sick personal entertainment (again according to VA law or the penalty clearly stated on the books for that type of behavior). He had a jock sniffing prosecutor that offered him a ridiculous plea. He took the plea bargain & ended up with a lot less time than he deserved for the crimes he committed. Vick served a token sentence.

    Plax should have taken the plea, he didn’t but he didn’t get the “short end of the stick”, Vick got off waay to easy for what he did with his plea. That’s the real legal picture. As a lawyer Mike, you should know that.

  13. orakpwnd1983 says: Jun 16, 2011 2:59 PM

    Plax..who walks around with a gun? What…are you Wild Bill Hickock? Stay at home with your nice A$$ stuff and have a party…invite Big Ben over…he needs to sit his A$$ at home too.

  14. oldhamletman says: Jun 16, 2011 2:59 PM

    in NYC it’s an automatic 3 years for carrying a gun and everyone knows it… he carried one…. in a bar (which is illegal in all states) …. concealed… discharged it…. and lied about it…. and still did less than the 3 for the possession alone….

    he should count his lucky stars that he isn’t still in jail, or killed someone, or lost his leg, or killed himself…

    and maybe he should retake the wonderlic before someone employs him again…..

  15. spartyfi says: Jun 16, 2011 3:03 PM

    billygoat says: Jun 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    The law was in place when he did the crime. It has a mandatory sentence. Whether we believe the law is right or not, it is still the law. If he thought the law was wrong you can fight it in court all the way to the supreme court. He didn’t. He took the plea. Case over.

    Don’t do the crime if you don’t want to do the time.
    _____________________________________
    Wow, what a simplistic backwoods view you have of things. He did state he held himself accountable for his actions, but if you think he’s incorrect in saying things were blown out of proportion then you need to have your head examined. Dude shot himself…did he put others in harms way, yes he did but nothing came of it and we all put others in harms way EVERY day. If he were in a state like Michigan with concealed weapons permits NOTHING would have happened for the accidental discharge, maybe a misdemeanor offense at worst. You can’t give someone 2 years because of what “could” have happened. That’s how you raise kids, not how you run a legal system! Same Country, vastly different laws.
    Also, EVERY single one of us has the right to question the laws put in place by our ridiculously incompetent and over zealous government. Quite frankly, I may be the first in line when the revolution begins! Revolting against your government is the most American thing you can do (only slight sarcasm). What you’re talking about is fighting the improper application of a law through the supreme court. This law is not fightable in that regard even though it is as dumb as a seatbelt law. Like I need the gov’t telling me whether I should wear a seatbelt or not. Seriously, this government is pushing the limits of what is their responsibility and it’s time to stand up and fight!

  16. clintonportisheadd says: Jun 16, 2011 3:05 PM

    If we want to start talking about jail sentences appropriate for the crime lets get right to the biggest jokes of all time.

    Dante Stallworth did 24 days for a DUI in which he killed a man. And of course Leonard Little did the same thing and got ZERO jail time.

    Anyone got one to top those two?

  17. spartyfi says: Jun 16, 2011 3:05 PM

    oldhamlet: It is not illegal to carry a gun into a bar in ALL states as you say. This leads me to believe your entire response is made up mullarky!

    Educate yourself on that of which you speak before you start typing, it really keeps you from making a fool of yourself! just some friendly advice for you!

  18. evrybdyhas1 says: Jun 16, 2011 3:06 PM

    The law and sentence was appropriate because we have idiots like Plaxico that carry guns and injure and kill people with them. He was fortunate that he only shot himself but unfortunate that he is trying to play victim. The law and mandatory sentence is a deterrent to anyone smarter then a box of rocks.

  19. zaggs says: Jun 16, 2011 3:07 PM

    “oldhamletman says: Jun 16, 2011 2:59 PM

    in NYC it’s an automatic 3 years for carrying a gun and everyone knows it”

    Which is why 8 out of 10 people charged with the same time received reduced charges right?

  20. brownsfn says: Jun 16, 2011 3:10 PM

    This dude just doesn’t get IT….why is it always somebody else’s fault when you get into trouble…be a man you coward, stand up for your mistakes…

  21. giantrealist says: Jun 16, 2011 3:11 PM

    I like Plaxico as a player. But what he did was dead wrong and he deserved the punishment.

    The gun he carried was in his sweat pants without a holster. It was a Glock. For a round to fire it must be manually loaded into the chamber by pulling the slide. The other rounds are kept in a clip until the round in the chamber is fired and the shell unloaded.

    That means he intentionally loaded the chamber before walking around a Club full of people.

    The Glock has no Safety. It only has a double action trigger. You pull it half way it doesn’t fire. You pull it all the way it fires.

    That my friends is very sick.

  22. vtsquirm says: Jun 16, 2011 3:11 PM

    “what if the bullet hit someone”

    If ifs and buts were candy & nuts…
    #1, he didn’t hit anyone else &
    #2, the crime does not in any way fit the punishment

    There is no way he should have served time for shooting himself in the leg. John Doe would have gotten off with a fine or probation/community service.

    Just because its a law doesn’t mean its right.

  23. schmitty2 says: Jun 16, 2011 3:12 PM

    clintonportisheadd says:
    Jun 16, 2011 3:05 PM
    If we want to start talking about jail sentences appropriate for the crime lets get right to the biggest jokes of all time.

    Dante Stallworth did 24 days for a DUI in which he killed a man. And of course Leonard Little did the same thing and got ZERO jail time.

    Anyone got one to top those two?

    2 words-Ray Lewis

  24. spartyfi says: Jun 16, 2011 3:16 PM

    Brownsfan: he did stand up for his mistakes, he just thinks it was blown out of proportion and some (myself included) would agree with that. He holds himself accountable, it even says so right up there in the article you “read”. Obviously reading and comprehending continue to be two completely separate things for most.

  25. kingdm8 says: Jun 16, 2011 3:17 PM

    clintonportisheadd says:
    Jun 16, 2011 3:05 PM
    If we want to start talking about jail sentences appropriate for the crime lets get right to the biggest jokes of all time.

    Dante Stallworth did 24 days for a DUI in which he killed a man. And of course Leonard Little did the same thing and got ZERO jail time.

    Anyone got one to top those two?

    ______________________________

    Not two words, two letters: O.J.

  26. oldhamletman says: Jun 16, 2011 3:30 PM

    spartyfi ….

    TN, AZ and VA still allow carry in bars, but not if the bar owner posts that you can’t…. and they all do… so in reality… you can’t do it anywhere….

  27. 1mge says: Jun 16, 2011 3:32 PM

    Burress will never illegally carry a gun in a public place again.

    This statement may be false if he only served 6 months but I believe he is now scared straight.

  28. tombradyswig says: Jun 16, 2011 3:38 PM

    2 things…

    1 – At least his leg didn’t get “blown out of proportion!”

    2 – if the idiot would’ve took the plea deal, he would’ve served 6 months!!

  29. orakpwnd1983 says: Jun 16, 2011 3:42 PM

    Maybe some other things got “blown out of proportion” while in the clink……O.0

  30. scorpiodsu says: Jun 16, 2011 3:45 PM

    He was dumb for carrying the gun since it was illegal BUT his punishment was also too severe for what he did. People do worst and get less time. Look at Stallworth and Vick. This whole inconsistent about the severity of crimes in different states and on a federal level is dumb. What is a harsh crime in one state should be treated the same in another state. No logical reason why Burress gets locked up in NY for this but would be free in Delaware.

  31. scorpiodsu says: Jun 16, 2011 3:48 PM

    He deserved the punishment based on the law. That’s not disputable. But the real problem is the stupid law. Sure I understand it but that doesn’t mean it’s a fair law. The laws should be the same across the entire country. Period.

  32. billygoat says: Jun 16, 2011 3:53 PM

    spartyfi says:
    Jun 16, 2011 3:03 PM

    Wow, what a simplistic backwoods view you have of things.

    Sometime things are simple.
    Let me spell it out for you.

    BREAK LAW = GO TO JAIL

    Pretty simple huh?

  33. robk12 says: Jun 16, 2011 3:55 PM

    wasnt far up here in montana he would have just got at most 6 months and a year probation

  34. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jun 16, 2011 4:00 PM

    billygoat says: Jun 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    The law was in place when he did the crime. It has a mandatory sentence. Whether we believe the law is right or not, it is still the law. If he thought the law was wrong you can fight it in court all the way to the supreme court. He didn’t. He took the plea. Case over.

    Don’t do the crime if you don’t want to do the time.
    ———————————————–

    I bet your stance on this would change real fast if they outlawed football tomorrow. Just because something is a law doesn’t mean it should be or that it’s right.

  35. meso0rnery says: Jun 16, 2011 4:10 PM

    vtsquirm says: Jun 16, 2011 3:11 PM

    “what if the bullet hit someone”

    If ifs and buts were candy & nuts…
    #1, he didn’t hit anyone else &
    #2, the crime does not in any way fit the punishment

    There is no way he should have served time for shooting himself in the leg. John Doe would have gotten off with a fine or probation/community service.

    Just because its a law doesn’t mean its right.
    ——————————————————–
    He didn’t go to jail for shooting himself in the leg. He went to jail for carrying a gun into a public place. If he would have shot himself at his house, he wouldn’t have done any time.

  36. cdaws84 says: Jun 16, 2011 4:26 PM

    scorpiodsu…you obviously dont understand government or our constitution. we have states and state law for a reason. Each state has their own needs and wants…that law in NY which was passed due to high gun violence isnt necessarily needed in a state such as Montana…Breaking the US into states help communities deal with community issues. The Fed couldnt handle it…

    People arguing that you cant use what ifs as a reason for punishment…then should we not penalize those caught driving drunk? Essentially the same thing. He carried a loaded gun without a safety in a night club. He got what he deserved..and as many others posted…if he would have accepted the plea deal..he would of been out in 6 months. Its his own fault

  37. melonnhead says: Jun 16, 2011 4:38 PM

    Which is why 8 out of 10 people charged with the same time received reduced charges right?

    ——————————————————

    Looks to me like Plax got reduced charges, too. No charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm within city limits?

  38. Deb says: Jun 16, 2011 4:39 PM

    I believe only law enforcement officers and licensed security personnel should be carrying concealed weapons. But many states allow John and Jane Q. Public to purchase those permits. And I doubt those who keep saying Burress should have known the law when he broke it have any idea how gun laws vary from state to state. He was wrong and has taken responsibility for that. But his sentence was ridiculous.

    The purpose of prison is to protect the public. Prosecutors knew Burress was not a danger criminal. He wasn’t planning to shoot anyone that night. The gun dislodged and discharged accidentally. You don’t imprison someone for what might have happened. I understand there were mandatory sentencing guidelines, but some leeway was available. He did more time than people do for deliberately injuring others, largely so politicians could tell the public they weren’t soft on celebrities. Famous people shouldn’t get off easy because they’re famous–but they shouldn’t get harsher sentences because of it, either.

  39. dexterismyhero says: Jun 16, 2011 4:41 PM

    @clintonportisheadd
    ===================================
    Leonard Little definitely. Total pice of crap with what he did killing that lady. When tested, his blood alcohol level measured 0.19 percent. He received 60 days and 1000 hours of community service. Six years later, after the involuntary manslaughter conviction was wiped from his record, Little was again arrested for drunk driving.

    Stallworth had someone run out in front of him and not even in a crosswalk at like 2 or something in the morning trying to get to a bus. Now should he have been driving…no….but he got what he got because of that….he paid $$ to the family and actaully showed complete remorse….

  40. Deb says: Jun 16, 2011 4:42 PM

    And you don’t plead to six months in jail when in most states you’d get a fine. It’s easy to just him for that when you’re not in his shoes. My guess is that the people judging him the harshest are the same ones who scream the loudest about protecting their gun rights.

  41. comeonnowguys says: Jun 16, 2011 4:45 PM

    The fact Vick and Burress got roughly the same amount of prison time is not proof Burress’ sentence was too harsh. It just shows that Vick’s sentence was too light.

    Should have taken the plea deal.

  42. kspl1 says: Jun 16, 2011 4:48 PM

    Donte stalworth did 24 days for drunkenly killing a man. Who got the easiest sentence. Completely crazy that dogs rank over humans. And I’m a dog lover

  43. cdaws84 says: Jun 16, 2011 5:03 PM

    Sorry Deb negligence isn’t a defense. If you want to carry a gun be responsible and know the law before running around town with a concealed loaded handgun. The punishment isn’t just for what “might” have happened… but to help prevent it from happening again. Also…technically the what if did happen he shot himself. Laws are to protect everyone including yourself… Lastly he did more time because he wouldn’t plea…again his own fault.

  44. 1mge says: Jun 16, 2011 5:07 PM

    Deb said “the purpose of prison is to protect the public” & ” you don’t plead to 6 months in jail when in most states you’d get a fine.”

    You are 100% correct… & the public needs to be protected from idiots that are so stupid they bring a gun into a public place & discharge it!

    Age of consent in Hawaii & Idaho is 14 but in Calif & other states it’s 18. So by your logic an adult who resides in HI or ID can come to Calif & have sex with a 14 yr old & it’s OK if he just pays a fine??

  45. brintfatre says: Jun 16, 2011 5:09 PM

    He has no remorse at all… still thinks the laws shouldn’t apply to him. Any team stupid enough to take him deserves what happens next!

  46. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Jun 16, 2011 5:29 PM

    anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says:

    I bet your stance on this would change real fast if they outlawed football tomorrow. Just because something is a law doesn’t mean it should be or that it’s right.

    ————————————–

    Is football killing innocent people? If so, then by all means get that law passed…

    Don’t compare grapes to bowling balls, it makes you look ignorant…

    I do agree that there are many laws that don’t make sense but then we have elected officials to pass or repeal laws…

  47. billinlouisiana says: Jun 16, 2011 5:43 PM

    scorpiodsu says:
    Jun 16, 2011 3:48 PM
    He deserved the punishment based on the law. That’s not disputable. But the real problem is the stupid law. Sure I understand it but that doesn’t mean it’s a fair law. The laws should be the same across the entire country. Period.

    ————————————————-

    So your saying we should do away with States rights?

  48. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 16, 2011 6:13 PM

    What? I thought his leg was totally blown out of proportion?

  49. Deb says: Jun 16, 2011 6:23 PM

    @cdaws84 and 1mge …

    Sorry … I’m not doing a good job of communicating my point. What he did was idiotic, and it’s a blessing he didn’t kill himself or someone else. But at some point he had legal permits for the thing, so this was about stupidity not malice.

    At a time when California is opening the doors of its prisons and letting out dangerous offenders because there’s not enough space to house them, it bothers me that taxpayers would be paying to house a guy for two years just for being stupid. Justice is better served if you force a guy like that to spend his money doing community service that benefits the public.

    I’m a believer in creative sentencing. If people aren’t dangerous, I want them to have to do something to pay back society instead of society having to pay to house them. If they are dangerous, I want them locked away. Period. Don’t want them getting out because there’s not enough room for them.

    Was never a Burress fan before he went into prison, but think his sentence was extreme for the crime. It doesn’t matter that he rejected a plea deal. If that’s the case, he and/or his attorney must have believed he’d do better in court. They made a poor choice–but those are pretty tough decisions when you’re the one making them.

  50. Deb says: Jun 16, 2011 6:26 PM

    billinlouisiana says:

    So your saying we should do away with States rights?
    ————————————————

    Didn’t we fight that war already?

  51. tjacks7 says: Jun 16, 2011 6:34 PM

    I agree. The punishment doesn’t really fit the crime here. Stallworth runs over a guy driving drunk and gets what? 30 days in a halfway house? Lawrence Taylor has sexual contact with an underage girl and gets probation? I’d imagine Talib should get 10 years for intentionally fire a weapon at someone. Johnny Jolly possessed over 200 grams of codeine, punishable by up to 20 years, and gets probation? Pacman Jones is involved in a shooting that left a guy paralyzed and gets probation? I could go all day with crimes that are as or more serious than this and punished WAY less.

    But, at the end of the day, the law is the law for some people. Burress just happend to be one of those people.

  52. spartyfi says: Jun 16, 2011 6:41 PM

    Oldhamlet: so, it’s not illegal in those states, just banned by some bar owners. Thanks for admitting you were wrong
    In your prior post. Also, u can do it in Michigan too!

  53. deanvernonwormer says: Jun 16, 2011 7:12 PM

    There was absolutely no reason for this guy to be carrying a gun. All it could get him was trouble. And guess what?

  54. 4512dawg4512 says: Jun 16, 2011 7:25 PM

    By making an example out of Plax by giving him a ridiculous sentence in the clink for what happened to him only makes me feel like N.Y.C club’s bouncers aren’t doing their jobs and they’re not getting punished for it. This all could have been avoided if the bouncer(s) frisked Plax and said we can’t let you in here with the heater. Problem averted

  55. theblowtorchreview says: Jun 16, 2011 7:35 PM

    Just another one that thinks laws are for the commoners. The laws about carrying a handgun into a club in NYC are pretty clear, NOT ALLOWED.

    I love how they always follow up a rant about being treated unfairly with …..”but I take responsibility for my actions”………He and Vick will work well together……cut from the same cloth.

  56. jfw3 says: Jun 16, 2011 7:50 PM

    I’m usually pretty hardcore when it comes to throwing criminals in the slammer for comitting crimes but in this case, I think Plax got the shaft. Stupidity is not the same thing as breaking the law. Had that gun gone off anywhere else, it would have been a non issue. The fact that it was in a night club was really the crime here, and is bringing a weapon into a nightclub worth 2 years of your life? Maybe 6 months max but not two years. He didn’t mean to shoot the thing and I doubt he had any intention to use the weapon in any other manner other than self defense. Plax is just an overpaid moron that did something stupid. This is without a doubt way overblown.

  57. paulieorkid says: Jun 16, 2011 9:01 PM

    @ Deb who stated:

    “… Prosecutors knew Burress was not a danger (sic) criminal. He wasn’t planning to shoot anyone that night. The gun dislodged and discharged accidentally. You don’t imprison someone for what might have happened. …”

    - – - – -

    Wrong again, Deb. Just what is it about you and being wrong?

    First off, what a convicted criminal was or wasn’t PLANNING would happen when they were committing a crime is not determinative on sentencing, as you imply.

    Many sentences are meted out with a discounted view of a criminal’s intent. An obvious example is drunken vehicular homicide – which starts out as “I was only having a few drinks” and ends with the loss of life.

    Hell, people have gone to the joint for life or even been executed when they commit a crime (as Burress did) — even when things went completely NOT as planned during the commission of the crime. Why don’t you acquaint yourself with the Felony Murder Rule?

    =====> This is Deb’s cue to come in here squealing to the world how she possesses a keen and comprehensive understanding of the FMR. That’s just how she rolls.

  58. goforthanddie says: Jun 16, 2011 9:05 PM

    Yeah, having a handgun at the club and being pinhead enough to have it shoot itself is no big deal. Moron.

  59. Deb says: Jun 16, 2011 9:53 PM

    deanvernonwormer says:

    There was absolutely no reason for this guy to be carrying a gun. All it could get him was trouble. And guess what?

    ————————————————-

    Although I still believe Plaxico’s sentence was ridiculous, this is the most sensible comment about the whole thing. Nothing good can come of players running around with firearms.

  60. independenttrucks says: Jun 17, 2011 10:09 AM

    Deb says:

    “The gun dislodged and discharged accidentally”

    For somebody who has posted thousands of times about how carefully you research everything in these types of cases every time somebody says anything negative about your QB, you kind of dropped the ball on this one (Much like your RB Mendenhall in the superbowl). As has been noted above, the gun was a Glock. They have three safeties that disengage sequentially only when the trigger is completely pulled. There is no way it could have gone off accidentally from being dropped, in fact the third safety is called the “drop safety.” Maybe if Plax was still one of your beloved Steelers, you would have done a little bit more research on this one.

    My guess is that he was twirling it on his finger like some cowboy in a wild west show when it discharged, and he said it dropped to try and save some kind of face.

  61. Deb says: Jun 17, 2011 11:09 AM

    @independenttrucks …

    I’ve posted that I carefully researched the Roethlisberger case. I didn’t have to carefully research this one–the goofiness of the accident was highly-publicized.

    ESPN.com news services–Burress has not played football since late November in 2008 when a handgun that was tucked in his sweatpants slipped from his waistband and went off as he tried to grab the gun while in a New York City nightclub.

    But thank you for your interest in my comments.

  62. steelerlady43 says: Jun 17, 2011 12:53 PM

    One reason why I never want him to come back as a Steeler EVER….dude just gets out of jail after serving for something he did so wrong..it’s illegal and can’t keep his big mouth shut!!!!!

    Seems jail didn’t humble him one bit!!

  63. backindasaddle says: Jun 18, 2011 11:02 AM

    “But at the same time, I was accountable for my actions.”

    That’s because YOU HAD NO CHOICE. More accurately: You were HELD ACCOUNTABLE for your actions. You’re trying to make it sound as if you’re some kind of stand up guy and that you did the right thing by being accountable. BS. You were accountable because you were HELD accountable. This just goes to confirm what I’ve always thought about this guy…..Turd Turd Turd Turd Turd.

  64. backindasaddle says: Jun 18, 2011 11:13 AM

    Also….”I believe it was totally blown out of proportion.”

    Toting a loaded hand gun into a New York City night club in your front pocket and being so irresponsible to allow it to discharge is “totally blown out of proportion”???? I THINK NOT. I believe in the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership rights. But I also KNOW it’s moronic turds like you doing irresponsible and mindless things like this that cause legit/responsible gun owners to pay the cost. Mr. Tuff Guy Gangsta Boy totin his 9mm into da night club. Big Tuff Boy. You deserved the jail sentence. Apparently though, you still haven’t learned your lesson. Turd Turd Turd Turd Turd.

  65. paulieorkid says: Jun 18, 2011 3:23 PM

    @backindasaddle:

    Amen brotha – Plax tried as hard as he could to NOT be “accountable for his actions.” This included Plax making every effort to conceal his involvement – further including him lying to medical caregivers by telling them his name was “Harris Smith.”

    It sounds pretty lame that Burries now tries to portray himself as a “stand-up guy.”

  66. george3246 says: Jun 18, 2011 4:07 PM

    Hate it when I miss an excellent thread like this.

    If backinda.. hadn’t posted his silly rants today, I wouldn’t have logged in. We get it, he’s a turd.

    Have to say it, Deb, it seems like Paulie is sweet on ya. Or maybe he’s just jealous of your skills.

    There were quite a few excellent points made but the best was the fact that bigbwo… brought up. Plax had a chance to accept the six month plea bargain and his refusal was the second worst decision that he made. The first was carrying a concealed weapon in the city with the strictest gun carry laws in the nation. For all saying that the penalty was excessive, his willingness to accept responsibility for his crime came two years too late.

    If Plax had accepted the deal maybe there could have been room for the creative sentencing that Deb brought up. Sadly, his ego got in his way.

    Now, Plax needs to zip his lips before he screws up the apparent strides he had made with his image. His epiphany of true humility and regret will help him finds his way back only if it is sincere.

  67. fanofdallas says: Jun 20, 2011 2:15 PM

    If Plax had been a Dallas Cowboy, he probably wouldn’t have even gotten a ticket!
    Are we talking sports or courts?
    The fella has served his debt, lets move on and play ball.

  68. pigeonpea says: Jun 20, 2011 4:02 PM

    spartyfi says:
    You can’t give someone 2 years because of what “could” have happened. That’s how you raise kids, not how you run a legal system!

    So, in your expert opinion, drunk drivers shouldn’t be arrested, detained or otherwise inconvenienced unless they actually cause an accident or gods forbid, kill somebody?

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