Plaxico Burress is learning that the best thing about accidentally shooting yourself in the leg is that you can’t be sued for it.
Six months before that fateful night in Manhattan when a bullet from a Glock blew two holes in Plaxico’s leg (and sent him to prison for 20 months), Burress crashed his $150,000 Mercedes into a car near a toll plaza. In December 2011, a jury entered a $125,000 verdict in favor of the other driver.
Burress, whose insurance expired three days before the accident, has yet to pay.
“The general sense is that we are going to have to get the money the hard way,” attorney Anthony Quackenbush told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Burress has now been ordered to submit by the middle of May a full disclosure of his income (currently, none), his real estate holdings, and his bank accounts.
Burress currently is appealing the judgment, which is reason enough to not pay. But in the event the appeal fails, here’s hoping he does the right thing and write a check for the harm that a court of law has determined he caused.
A one-year deal in 2011 paid Burress $3 million. In four weeks and one day of free agency, Burress has not yet joined a new team.