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Obviously the team is better with Plax playing, and I do hope he is available, but I still have my doubts...serious doubts. And his brushes with the law (speeding violations etc) since the "incident" certainly do not help me believe he has learned anything from this. I think the best thing that could happen is he gets the probation AND some serious community service requirements, preferably things that make him interact with people who have been involved in gun violence so he gets some sort of understanding about what irresonsible gunplay can result in. If nothing else I would hope it opens his eyes to how his behavior can affect his son.

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Obviously the team is better with Plax playing, and I do hope he is available, but I still have my doubts...serious doubts. And his brushes with the law (speeding violations etc) since the "incident" certainly do not help me believe he has learned anything from this. I think the best thing that could happen is he gets the probation AND some serious community service requirements, preferably things that make him interact with people who have been involved in gun violence so he gets some sort of understanding about what irresonsible gunplay can result in. If nothing else I would hope it opens his eyes to how his behavior can affect his son.

 

I think most Giants fans want him back. I certainly do. I don't know the man, but my impression of him isn't that of a bad or malicious person. However, he has displayed severe lapses in judgment on more than one occasion and has really put himself into a bad situation. I don't want to see him in jail. Not only because I am a Giants fan but I hate seeing wasted talent. It's both sad and frustrating to see someone with abilities that we can only dream of possessing flush them down the toilet by doing something so unnecessary and preventable. I don't know what implications Mayor Bloomburg's grandstanding will have on Plax's fate but I am hoping for the best.

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If he was only putting himself in danger I would say f'k it let him come back, but that is not the case. He dragged several teamates into the mess with him. That is when you move from being "mercurial" to being a "cancer".

 

 

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Sephitroth is on point. that's what's going to happen and what's not going to happen. This is all to be continued. The Mayor can't change the law by himself, but he might be able to lean on the DA's office and that'll be a big influence on things. We'll see though...I wouldn't count on Plax in '09 and what that means for him beyond that is sketchy.

 

I certainly haven't ever seen Braylon Edwards treat a CB like Plax did en route to the SB: abusive.

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Sephitroth is on point. that's what's going to happen and what's not going to happen. This is all to be continued. The Mayor can't change the law by himself, but he might be able to lean on the DA's office and that'll be a big influence on things. We'll see though...I wouldn't count on Plax in '09 and what that means for him beyond that is sketchy.

 

I certainly haven't ever seen Braylon Edwards treat a CB like Plax did en route to the SB: abusive.

 

Didn't catch the Giants/Browns game last year, eh?

 

Edwards has certainly abused his fair share of CBs. Let's not go crazy here.

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Here's my prediction for March 31st:

 

Burress arrives in the courtroom for his plea.

 

He enters a plea of "not guilty."

 

Another trial date is set for July.

 

The whole thing lasts two minutes.

nah I think he is going to wrap this up quick...a guilty plea and get probation...then the NFL will suspend him for the first 4 games.

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Burress my be able to play in '09

 

I hope OSI is right.

 

i read that in the record this morning

 

i hope Osi is right

 

he admitted his information as hearsay evidence though

 

bloomberg has stated he wants to lock up Plaxico and throw away the key

 

who knows........whatever we needed him badly last year, and I for one was surprised no one could step up and fill his shoes

 

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Either way, the Giants need to make post-Plaxico plans. Either he goes to jail, or else comes back and does something stupid again. I wouldn't be suprised to learn he has rocks in his head.

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who knows........whatever we needed him badly last year, and I for one was surprised no one could step up and fill his shoes

 

 

I didn't find that surprising at all. There isn't a receiver on the team that has Burress's size or skill set.

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Updated: March 26, 2009, 5:19 PM ET

Attorney trying to resolve Burress' case

By Sal Paolantonio ESPN.com

 

 

Archive The attorney for Plaxico Burress has been in constant communication with the Manhattan district attorney's office for months, trying to get the charges against Burress resolved so that the New York Giants wide receiver can avoid a lengthy trial with the goal of returning to the NFL in time for the 2009 season, a source with knowledge of those conversations said Thursday.

 

Burress is expected to appear in Manhattan criminal court Tuesday morning for a pre-trial hearing. So far, no plea arrangement has been reached.

 

"Stay tuned," a source close to the case said Thursday.

 

After accidentally shooting himself in a Manhattan night club last Nov. 29, Burress was arraigned Dec. 1 on two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a loaded and unlicensed weapon, a Glock semi-automatic pistol, which is a felony and carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 3½ years.

 

Noted criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman, who represents Burress, did not return phone calls. A spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, who has been under intense public pressure since the start of this case to prosecute Burress to the fullest extent of the law, declined to comment.

 

But others, including many of Burress' teammates, have been lobbying publicly for a more lenient solution to the case. A spokesman for the Giants said Thursday that other than cooperating with authorities, the team has had no involvement in the case and has not lobbied to get the charges against Burress reduced.

 

Burress wants to resolve his case without a trial so that he can begin the process of returning to the team. He was suspended by the Giants for four games without pay at the end of last season.

 

But the process of returning to the team fold will involve much more than what happens in court. If and when his case is resolved, Burress would then face a possible fine or suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

 

After that, league sources say, the Giants front office and coach Tom Coughlin want to meet with Burress to determine his level of remorse and commitment to returning as a productive and responsible member of the team.

 

The ordeal began four months ago at a time when the Giants were riding high in the NFC East.

 

According to the complaint filed in Manhattan criminal court, Burress arrived at the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan just before midnight on Nov. 28 with four others, including teammates Antonio Pierce and Derrick Ward. The other members of their party were not football players, according to police. At 12:05 a.m., a single gunshot was heard.

 

A witness told police that Burress was sitting near the V.I.P. area of the club holding a drink in his left hand and fidgeting with his right hand in the area of the waistline of his pants. The witness then heard a single "pop" sound before hearing Burress say, "Take me to the hospital."

 

Burress was on the ground, with his legs shaking, when a bloody gun -- a .40-caliber Glock -- fell out of his pantleg and onto the floor, according to the complaint. Sometime later, Burress, who does not have a permit to carry a handgun in New York City, was treated and released at a hospital before returning to his New Jersey home.

 

At the time, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out at Burress for carrying an illegal handgun. He also criticized New York Presbyterian Hospital for failing to inform the police about Burress' gun-related injury, as city law requires. And he questioned the motives of the Giants, who also neglected to notify the authorities.

 

"Our children are getting killed with guns in the streets. Our police officers are getting killed with guns in the hands of criminals, and because of that, we got the State Legislature to pass a law that if you carry a loaded handgun, you get automatically 3½ years in the slammer," Bloomberg told reporters. "I don't think that anybody should be exempt from that, and I think it would be an outrage if we didn't prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, particularly people who live in the public domain, make their living because of their visibility. They are the role models for our kids."

 

Bloomberg said the Giants should have immediately notified authorities of the shooting. He said police learned of the incident from watching television.

 

All of that ratcheted up the pressure on the district attorney to not allow Burress off lightly because he was a celebrity athlete and member of the defending Super Bowl champions.

 

Enter Brafman, who said at the time that he wanted to go underground with the case, take it out of the public eye and prevail on the authorities that Burress was not a criminal, that the case was a terrible accident and Burress the only victim.

 

"People should reserve judgment on Mr. Burress until all the facts are in this case are in," Brafman said at the time.

 

Sal Paolantonio covers the NFL for ESPN.

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