Plaxico Burress is a free man.
Burress, the Giants receiver who pleaded guilty in August 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, was released from a New York prison today. He got about three months of his two-year sentence off for good behavior.
Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reports that Burress walked out of prison, hugged agent Drew Rosenhaus and spoke briefly to the media, thanking fans and calling it a “beautiful day.”
Burress was wearing a Philadelphia Phillies hat, which may mean he sees playing in Philadelphia in his future, or may just mean he likes the hat.
After leaving prison, Burress headed to the nearby Turning Stone Resort & Casino for a reunion with his family.
UPDATE: Burress gave the following statement: “First of all, I want to thank God for bringing me through one of the most trying times of my life. It’s a beautiful day to be reunited with my family, go home and spend some quality time with them. I’d like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement. I’d like to thank all my fans around the world for the thousands of letters and unwavering support.
“As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled and they get back on the field, I’ll be ready. Y’all be good and blessed.”