"HARRIS SMITH" TURNS HIMSELF IN

There’s a new alias in the world of NFL players.  The infamous moniker of “Ron Mexico” has been replaced by a far less tough-sounding alternative.
Per the New York Post, Giants receiver Plaxico Burress sought treatment for his accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday night under that name:  “Harris Smith.”
The Post also reports that Burress spent 90 minutes after the shooting making calls in an effort to find a hospital where the emergency care would be provided in a discreet manner. 
He settled on New York-Cornell, where he gave the phony name and said the incident had occurred at an Applebee’s.  Hospital workers recognized that the patient was actually Plaxico Burress, and the hospital failed to report the gunshot wound, despite the clear requirements of New York Penal Law Section 265.25.
Per Section 265.25, “Every case of a bullet wound, gunshot wound, powder burn or any other injury arising from or caused by the discharge of a gun or firearm . . . shall be reported at once to the police authorities of the city, town or village where the person reporting is  located  by . . . the  physician  attending or treating the case; or . . . the manager, superintendent or other person in charge, whenever such case is  treated in  a hospital,  sanitarium  or other institution.  Failure to make such report is a class A misdemeanor.”
So, basically, the doctor who treated Burress and/or the manager in charge of the facility at the time Burress arrived could end up being Plaxico’s cellmate.
Meanwhile, Burress a/k/a Harris Smith has surrendered to authorities on Monday regarding the shooting.  He did not speak to the media as he walked into the police precinct, and he was not visibly limping less than three full days after putting a bullet through his own thigh.
The charges are expected to be felony possession of a firearm and felony reckless endangerment.
But to the extent that Burress is feeling sad about his current situation, he didn’t show it on Sunday night.  According to the New York Daily News, Burress was “laughing” about the state of affairs on Sunday night.
He called me laughing and grinning,” Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said.  “He is doing fine.  He is feeling good.  I called him and made a few jokes about the situation and he laughed — which is what I wanted to hear.”
Remorse and contrition might be better emotions to project at a time when the facts and the law seem to be stacked against Plaxico.  His primary audience at this point is the prosecutor who’ll decide whether to throw the book at Burress or cut a deal that lets him walk away with a slap on the wrist to go along with the scar on his thigh.
Though some of our readers think that Burress will skate because of his fame, we think there’s a chance that his fame could do him in.  Really, what better way is there to ensure that the citizens of New York realize the consequences of illegally possessing a firearm than to prosecute a high-profile defendant on such charges to the full extent of the law?
The widespread deterrent effect that flows from a criminal trial against a celebrity is extremely valuable to law enforcement.  Martha Stewart’s case showed us all that lying to the cops is not tolerated.  Barry Bonds’ case demonstrates that perjury isn’t a standard practice whenever someone wants to avoid the consequences of cheating in sports, or any other misconduct they’d prefer to conceal.  Scooter Libby’s prosecution proved that the concept of “all’s fair” doesn’t apply to politics.  And Mike Vick a/k/a Ron Mexico’s case undoubtedly resulted in the abandonment of dogfighting operations in multiple jurisdictions.
If New York genuinely wants to keep guns from being carried into public places by persons who lack the appropriate permission to do so — and likewise to ensure that the guns don’t go off and injure or kill innocent bystanders — the best way to make it happen might be to make an example out of Plaxico Burress. 

56 responses to “"HARRIS SMITH" TURNS HIMSELF IN

  1. Does anyone else think that Plaxico’s downfall started when he left Pittsburgh?
    He is such a tool.
    I hope they throw the book at him, and on that I hope that the Comish throws the book at him.

  2. I don’t understand. How is their any option for the prosecutors here? Do you mean they have discretion in whether to prosecute “to the fullest extent of the law?” I thought that called for an open investigation into why the DA obstructed justice? Or was that just in the Vick case?

  3. Hey Vox
    You have room to talk with miss pacman on his 4th strike
    The cowpukes have
    Toni Simpson Miss Pacman crybaby owens Would own a tank if he could Johnson and Soon Mike the dog killer vick
    The only things covered up is how damn good the G man are and how crappy the cow pukes are
    Vox did Jerry get a refund for those playoff tickets he bought last year?
    11-1 Need I say more
    Next week the egirls then the cowpukes two more easy wins

  4. On the other hand, he did take a bullet wound that could have killed him. I’m mixed on this. *If* he was worried because of what happened to his teammate then I can understand carrying – although he should have applied for a permit and desperately needed to lock the gun in his car before going into the night club (hmm, seem to remember something about football players, guns and places that serve alcohol). i just have a hard time balancing ‘whole lotta stoopid’ against a three year mandatory sentence. Anyway, you mentionned about the DA wanting to make a statement. Depending on how Plax handles himself, having him plead to one of the felonies that doesn’t have a mandatory sentence (if one of the two does) would bar him from being able to have a gun (until the judge allows him) and in exchange have Plax star in a series of public service commercials explaining NYC’s gun laws and the hazards of breaking them (focus in on the leg…)

  5. Wait a second- Plax DIDN’T shoot himself- Harris Smith shot himself. I don’t get why Plax is in trouble.

  6. What a joke. You know they are going to charge him with something like disorderly conduct and let him walk. The State of NY doesn’t care Florio, so why should you?

  7. big blue,
    Let me introduce you to the comma character (,) , he’ll assist in making your posts maybe 12% coherent. It’s a start.

  8. Can anyone translate this into English? Preferably something at the first grade level or above. Thank you.
    “Hey Vox
    You have room to talk with miss pacman on his 4th strike
    The cowpukes have
    Toni Simpson Miss Pacman crybaby owens Would own a tank if he could Johnson and Soon Mike the dog killer vick
    The only things covered up is how damn good the G man are and how crappy the cow pukes are
    Vox did Jerry get a refund for those playoff tickets he bought last year?
    11-1 Need I say more
    Next week the egirls then the cowpukes two more easy wins “

  9. The sad truth of the matter is that if this was a common citizen, they would get the penalty of the infraction. Burress on the other hand with his fame, money, and high priced lawyer will get a slap on the wrist.
    Maybe thats why Burress is laughing.

  10. Wonder what the over under number of people that were involved will be? Sounds like at least 2 other Giants players (Pierce and Bradshaw), the attending Dr., the hospital manager on duty, the hospital itself, the Latin Quarter Club, and maybe his wife who is an attorney. Don’t forget he used another name including most likely signing the hospital paperwork with that name – so impersonating someone else could be added to the charges.
    And some of the players are concerned about him being happy?
    This will be tabloid fodder for a while.

  11. “You have room to talk with miss pacman on his 4th strike
    The cowpukes have…”
    …absolutely nothing to do with Plastico Burress… so basically, your diversionary tactic = epic fail. Remember… no matter how well the Giants may do… it doesn’t make you any less of a chronic loser, loser.
    P.S. Owners don’t buy playoff tickets, dummy.

  12. Gee Vox – spoken like a true bitter cowboy fan.
    If you have followed this story – once the Giants Organization found out about this they contacted the police – setting everything else in motion.
    Certainly not a cover up.
    Plaxico is a turd, and unfortunately has destroyed what could have been a great legacy – his play last season. Now he has probably played his last game as a Giant. I am sure there may be opportunities for him in Cincinatti, Oakland, or maybe even Dallas. I think the handgun laws are less strict in Dallas, anyway.
    At least you won’t have to worry about the Cowboys losing another post season game – since they will not make the playoffs this year.

  13. what about any NJ violations here? Plaxico lives in NJ, and if any state has tougher or as tough gun laws as NY, it’s NJ. Was he licensed to keep a pistol in his NJ house? What about crossing state lines with said pistol? A guy who used to work with my husband got in a traffic accident while traveling through NJ with a pistol in his car, and he got slammed for crossing state lines into NJ with it.

  14. What Plax did is wrong, but to play the other side of the coin didn’t ESPN the mag just have a article about how these guys are targeted for there celebrity? You have two players (Darrent williams and Sean Taylor) who were just killed, and the lineman from Jacksonville was shot and paralised. And there was another rumor that Steve Smith of thed Giants was robbed at gun point. Its a different world out there when you have money and fame and the players need to protect themselves from nutjob Cowboy and Eagle fans.

  15. Plaxico is a ARROGANT A hole, I hope that when the law states MANDATOR three year Sentence for an unregistered firearm that goes for ALL people including Wealthy Football players

  16. The best fake last name he could think of after ninety minutes was “Smith”?
    I still like Andre Rison as “Brock Middlebrook” the best.

  17. Re-reading this story, there are a few things that bother me…
    1. Burress is carrying a weapon with an out of state CCW permit.
    2. Goes to club with a weapon (possibly has a few drinks??), has accidental discharge with weapon.
    3. Two teammates are with him during incident, one takes weapon and hides it.
    4. Spends 90 minutes on phone looking for hospital that won’t notify police about shooting.
    5. Lawyers up real quick…when was team ownership notified?
    6. Given two days to turn himself in – ordinary Joe would have been arrested while in the hospital.
    7. Team owners try to contact him, he does not return calls. Teammates call him, he’s “laughing” about it – WTF???
    What’s wrong with this picture??? Is this the mindset of today’s athletes, or society in general?
    This clown is facing time for the weapons charge, and there are at least two others that could be charged for their actions in this case (one for “hiding” the gun, the physician for not reporting treating Burress for the gunshot wound). Plus, he could be suspended from the Giants, without pay, for this incident, and punishment from the league. If he goes to jail, by the time he’s out he’ll be pushing 36 (a year for the trial and 3 1/2 years time in the pen) – on the downside for a wide receiver, especially one that has been away from the game.
    Plax…if you go to the hole, don’t tell them you’re a “wide receiver”…

  18. So the gun was retrieved from Plastico’s house… where does Plastico live? If he lives in NJ, would NJ have jurisdiction to charge him (or Pierce, since he allegedly is the guy that moved the gun) with a crime? Obstruction of justice, unlawful transport of an illegal weapon across state lines, etc?

  19. bigblue59 says….it is funny b/c all VOX was saying was what you idiots said when Adam Jones got into a small fight with a bodyguard. I am glad that you LOVE your GMen, but I am sure that you are one of those same clowns that were calling for Eli and Tom’s head last year….my how things have changed. And I wouldn’t exactly say that you have easy wins the next 2 weeks, did you say the same thing when you played the Browns??? And I am sure that is exactly what NE said prior to the Super Bowl!!! You guys are good, but most definitely beatable….

  20. Hey fightnamish, I have no problem with Plax carrying a weapon on him for his protection but as long as he does it legally….
    I don’t give a crap what has happened to other players, he needs to obey the laws when it comes to guns… I doubt that any eagles fans (myself) or any cowboy fans(i hate the cowboys) will shoot any giant player… usually people who are shooting nfl players are gang related, or robbery related….

  21. I’ll laugh when a confused Roger Goodell waives a harsh penalty against Burress under the stipulation that he stop hanging out with this unsavory Harris Smith character.

  22. We,the fans, have created this situation of athletes doing whatever they want without circumstance off the field as long as they win for us on the field. Honestly, how many of us would employ these individuals for our companies if they weren’t sports oriented? We only have to look in the mirror as it is us that are paying these salaries.

  23. Tom Coughlin’s on the phone with the prosecutor right now telling him to throw the book at Plexiglass. The Giants are going to keep winning without him. He’s going to be this year’s version of Shockey.

  24. Disturbing on so many levels. My sincere hope is that whatever happens to Burress as a result of this incident serves as a reality check and wake-up call. He needs to get his life together and figure out how to become a contributing member of society. It’s entertaining and all that he can catch a ball, but I personally don’t want to be walking the streets with this guy. The only thing worse than being armed and dangerous is being armed and stupid. Get it together brother.

  25. Another Rosenhaus Sports player doing something insanely stupid. I think Rosenhaus targets the most retarded players in the league as a business strategy. They are easier to manipulate, rip-off and make a profit off of. Off the top of my head, Drew represents T.O., Kellen Winslow, Chad Johnson, Javon Walker and Burress. Those are 5 of the top 10 dumbest players in the league right there.

  26. Thats what your posse is for. They carry the guns, pay the dealers and dump the prostitutes. Didn’t you learn anything from ray lewis at the rookie emposium.

  27. “A guy who used to work with my husband got in a traffic accident while traveling through NJ with a pistol in his car, and he got slammed for crossing state lines into NJ with it.”
    Your friend needed a better attorney- federal law allows anyone who legally carries a weapon to travel to another place where he may also legally carry/possess thru any state they wish.
    Not to turn this into a gun discussion, but it highlights a problem with inconsistent gun laws. 39 states would have had no objection to with the permit Plaxico did have and would have permitted concealed carry as a result.
    NJ-NY & Mass are about as socialist as it gets when it comes to guns. Getting a carry permit is nearly impossible in NY/NJ. Therefore the right to personal protection/self defense has been limited by the state.

  28. emporium? symposium? altho i agree that is what real bodyguards are for… but i am sure that the retard players think they dont look manly with all that muscle babysitting them.
    how about DONT GO OUT. make the party come to you. hell even punkman has a stripped hole at his place…
    on another note, why the hell would anyone want to live in the tri state area (my sister does)…

  29. Because Burress is a commodity in the NY area, the authorities will propose that Burress’s celebrity status is better used to lecture kids on the gun control and safety issues.
    And he’ll show-and-tell his afflicted leg.
    It may be quite effective.

  30. I’m glad now that Burress didn’t sign my football last year! I was pretty ticked about it then though.

  31. “He settled on New York-Cornell”
    Damn! All three of my children were born in that hospital. I cannot believe they “overlooked” the law. When my second child was, literally, being born when we rushed into the maternity ward, those SOBs wouldn’t help my wife until I tossed my wallet to them and filled out all the “required” forms. And that was with us having already filled out other forms for “pre-admission”.
    As for Vox, man, we ALL Know you wouldn’t give a crap about any of this IF the Cowboys were 11-1 and the Giants were 1-11. Give it up. Plax has done NOTHING that brings him into Irvin’s arena as all time WR turd, yet I bet you still have Irvin memorabilia around the house and wish he was twenty years younger and still suiting up for Dallas. You turned a blind eye to it when Mikey was bringing home the Lombardi. You’re as transparent as all those fire and brimstone preachers talking about how immoral the world is while they’re humping their secretaries and/or followers. You have ZERO credibility here.

  32. fightnamish says:
    “What Plax did is wrong, but to play the other side of the coin didn’t ESPN the mag just have a article about how these guys are targeted for there celebrity? You have two players (Darrent williams and Sean Taylor) who were just killed, and the lineman from Jacksonville was shot and paralised. And there was another rumor that Steve Smith of thed Giants was robbed at gun point. Its a different world out there when you have money and fame and the players need to protect themselves from nutjob Cowboy and Eagle fans.”
    This is no excuse. The team has security personnel on staff, and will arrange for undercover security if the player wishes for it to be incognito. This is just a case of Plax wanting to act like a tough guy, and handle it on his own. What a waste.

  33. How much street cred does accidentally shooting oneself get you?
    Can he finally get into 50 Cents top 5?

  34. I for one feel bad for Plax. The situation was unfortunate and avoidable and the consequences seem completely out of line with the offense. I also think he handled himself well, both immediately after the incident and now with the police. Unfortunately there are lots of people who take pleasure in someone else’s misfortune, and there are lots of opportunists willing to enrich themselves by seeing him fall.
    The tragedy isn’t that he’s a ‘punk’ who seems to have blown it. (He’s neither a punk nor has the story been written yet on this incident) The tragedy is that there are so many people with knives out willing to gut him at the cost of their own reason and decency. You tell me which is more disgusting? Someone who makes a mistake then acts like a man about it (and yes, trying to cover it up was the responsible choice), or a bloodthirsty group of jackals jumping at the bit to exercise hate just because they can?

  35. Am I the only person who noticed….
    #17 turned himself into the 17th precint in NYPD. This is not a coincidence

  36. VOX
    Wrong again Jerry bought two tickets to the Green Bay Game for each of his players it was on the news maybe you could find someone to read it to you
    So the idiot shot himself better him then a guy working at the club no one died the G-Men keep winning and VOX your cowpukes will not win a playoff game again this year

  37. @empty13
    You answered your own question. Everyone wants to live in the tri-state area [i]because[/i] your sister lives there.

  38. VonClausewitz – You definitely have a different definition of what it takes to be a man than virtually everyone else.
    Real mature adults, male or female, do not:
    1. Spend 90 minutes searching for a hospital that will not report a gun shot.
    2. Get a friend in trouble by asking them to hide something involved.
    3. Use a false name. Sign hospital forms with that false name.
    4. Fail to return calls to their employer who has covered their backside way too many times.
    5. Carry a gun without a CCW.
    6. Drink alcoholic beverages while carrying a loaded weapon.
    7. Go clubbing without their spouse – all decked out in jewelry and holding several thousand dollars in cash. (That money was not to pay for drinks.)
    Plax did not act like a man.

  39. everyone is overlooking a law in new york that carries
    a lot of weight.when a firearm is discharged within the city
    limits,you better have a good answer,’cause other wise it’s
    a major no no.and the judge doesn’t let you off with
    “time served”,you go off to the prison on the bay.

  40. Plax has a 2nd Amendment right to carry a gun.
    He SHOULDN’T because he obviously can’t handle one, but I don’t see a reason why Bloomberg’s nifty citizen regulations should trump the US Constitution.

  41. Darth Ringo, it’s because Americans don’t understand or care for the 2nd Amendment anymore. They have no grasp of history or its implications.
    “Really, what better way is there to ensure that the citizens of New York realize the consequences of illegally possessing a firearm than to prosecute a high-profile defendant on such charges to the full extent of the law?”
    Prosecuting Plax is not going to deter a single person from carrying an illegal weapon. It’s going to deter people from being stupid enough to shoot themselves with it.
    I’m fairly sure that most people who are carrying illegal weapons realize the implications of their actions. Frankly, I don’t blame anyone for not wanting the government to know that they have a firearm. I certainly wouldn’t want them to know.

  42. REsponsible? He could have shot somebody by accident. He was probably drinking. Safety was off. Thats responsibility?

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