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THE QUESTION

Is Plax Done?

Indicted Monday, and facing three plus years for shooting himself in the leg, will former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress ever play in the NFL again?

Posted by Emil Steiner on August 4, 2009 6:00 AM
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Howdeb: The very idea that Vick has been cleared to play again is disgusting. On the scales of justice, it would be absurd to deny that privilege t...

ballgame: TOO BAD FOR PLAX - the gun laws in NYC exist for a very good reason and Plax clearly violated them. Its really that simple - possession of ...

ozpunk: Yeah Plax is done, assuming he gets convicted he won't be able to play until 2011 or later and will be too old for any team to take a risk o...

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dgblues Author Profile Page :

Sure! He can come back to the Steelers and join Michael Vick in transforming the proud, hard-working blue collar team into felonious ghetto trash.

As Coach Tomlin suggested about Vick, it would be irresponsible not to consider options that might help the team -- in other words, all that matters is winning and what the team represents to the community, the most loyal fans in professional sport, means nothing.

jdonner2 Author Profile Page :

Frankly, I don't know and don't care and can't understand why anyone else cares. Although he does now seem perfectly qualified to be a member of the National Fellons League.

burro2 Author Profile Page :

JDONNER2 couldn't have said it any better in a million felonies.
The American public doesn't deserve any better than Burress, or J.T. Smith, or that other Brown's Neanderthal who killed that hard working AVERAGE Joe in Florida with his Bentley.
Ya' pays your money and ya' takes your choice........
I don't know why no one has yet come up with the perfect solution to this phenom of criminals, start a whole new league with the first prerequisite being that you must have at least one serious felony on your record, and then after each game the name of one member of the losing team will be drawn from a hat, and subsequently given the needle for the Big Dirtnap!!!!
Tell me that anyone wouldn't pay $200.00 per game to watch that kind of overtime!

SonniP Author Profile Page :

Unlike the 1st poster, I have not lived a perfect life. I was a young man once, made some mistakes and did some stupid things. So, I beleive people (especially young people) deserve an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and don't understand what would be accomplished by sending him to prison. "But for the grace of God, and the forgiveness of other people, there go I, (and you).

Karmicquickdraw Author Profile Page :

Just another scum bag pro athlete. Hard to think of one that isn't. They're either self-righteous Christian thugs or drug shooting Pillbillies.
Where' the Mickey Mantles go? Where'd the Johnny Unitases go? Where'd humility, gratefulness, professionalism, leadership go? Oh yeah, out with the millions of dollars (wasted dollars) of pro athlete salaries.
It's disgusting. I refuse to watch one more game of any of it. Hurry up, pro sports and die.

ohalik Author Profile Page :

Who cares and why is this on the front page of the Washington Post web edition? It would be so much more productive if the paper would use its forum and influence on more pertinent and relevant issues other then harping on the eventual status of another NFL superstar who has squandered his talent and opportunities. In addition, I love football as much as the next guy; but please, leave it off the front page and leave it for the sports page.

pofinpa Author Profile Page :

throw the bum out

davemichelle07 Author Profile Page :

I agree with JDonn.....

its time to set an example, Vick should have been the first but he is getting a pass.
Just like parenting...if you WANT a behavior to stop and are not willing to tolerate it anymore, you take the steps to make it happen.

A-Contrario Author Profile Page :

Burress took a gamble and lost big time. I thought his wife was a lawyer so I find it amazing she did not advise him better.

Even if she is not a criminal lawyer chances are she knows a few that could have advised her husband better. If Burress spends 3 years in prison his career is pretty much over.

hill_marty Author Profile Page :

Are you kidding? Vick engaged in a perverted blood sport, in which innocent animals were killed for his pleasure. He did this intentionally and he did it repeatedly, and he took intentional steps to hide his sick perversion, which he knew was illegal.

If we're going to let a sicko like that back in the league, how could you possibly exclude Burress, who is guilty only of stupidity?

Vick should have been banned for life. He wasn't. That sets the bar far too low, but the league is all about the money anyway.

ilcn Author Profile Page :

What he did was stupid...how will a prison sentence help? Assign him some community service like collecting garbage, digging ditches, waving a flag for road work, etc. Maybe, then, he'll realize how fortunate he is. Don't assign him to work with kids, because he is still a "hero" to them.

Prison is not a cure for stupidity.

ilcn Author Profile Page :

What he did was stupid...how will a prison sentence help? Assign him some community service like collecting garbage, digging ditches, waving a flag for road work, etc. Maybe, then, he'll realize how fortunate he is. Don't assign him to work with kids, because he is still a "hero" to them.

Prison is not a cure for stupidity.

Jaymand Author Profile Page :

He should be - based on shear stipidity.

hmm, one minute i'm a millionare football player and the next a soon to be convicted felon. Why????

How stupid can one person be?

TRACIETHEDOLPHIN Author Profile Page :

Regardless of the reason given, the constitution is clear, that the RIGHT of the people to own and BEAR arms shall not be infringed. Even if they are stupid enough to shoot themselves in the leg. All laws governing the owning of guns is unconstitutional, period.

Riograd Author Profile Page :

Hi TRACIETHEDOLPHIN,
The Constitution is clear -- it was written in 1789 and does not include a clause that the Second Amendment pertains "to arms that will be invented in the future." So a strict interpretation of the Second Amendment would limit to those arms that existed in 1789. You can't have it both ways -- it only guarantees what is stated, not what some would like it to state.

As this football player did not wound himself with a musket, he has no protection from the Second Amendment.

socityej Author Profile Page :

Plax should have just killed someone while driving drunk with marijuana in his system, like Donte Stallworth. He would have been out of jail by now.

amr2 Author Profile Page :

I agree with the poster above about this. If Vick is being let back into the NFL after what he did there is no reason Plax should not.

He stupidly hurt himself - no one else. Nor did he murder innocent animals while funding an illegal gambling & dog fighting ring.

socityej Author Profile Page :

BTW Traciethedolphin, we all know that there are no absolute rights in the Constitution. The freedom of speech, guaranteed by the First Amendment, does not give someone the right to speak obscenely under certain circumstances, yell "fire" in a crowded theater or incite a riot. In this same vein, the Second Amendment, which has a qualifying clause unlike the First, does not give someone the right to own any firearm they want under any circumstance. If we applied your way of thinking to the First Amendment, then all the illegal acts I described above would be constitutionally protected.

bucinka8 Author Profile Page :

I don't know about the NFL, but as a lifelong Giants fan I can say that the Giants don't need him any more. We will do just fine with Steve Smith, David "The Catch" Tyree, Sinorice Moss, and the ground game Giants teams have been famous for over the years.

(PS to socityej: You must have been out of the country last June. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court disagreed with you: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0627/p01s05-usju.html)

aadrianne Author Profile Page :

Plax shot himself...
sentenced served!
lethimplay.com

bucinka8 Author Profile Page :

Sorry, apologies to socityej: My citation was directed at riograd's comment.

adrienne_najjar Author Profile Page :

I'm a die hard Giants fan, but I've had enough of that jackass. I'm done with him. He screwed the G-Men with his idiocy.

forgetthis Author Profile Page :

Well, apparently torturing and murdering dogs can't even get you kicked out of the NFL. So this offense can't possibly raise any heads.

Riograd Author Profile Page :

Hi bucinka8,
Yes, the recent Supreme Court decision concerning gun laws in DC was the work of activist judges legislating from the bench! They are not strictly interpeting the Constitution.

tjbv1 Author Profile Page :

Burress did something stupid. Reinstate him after appropriate punishment.

Vick did something--many, many things--evil. Never let him play again.

Watch out for Goodell and HSUS' Pacelle and their congressional bids. Like Vick, they're scum. Born that way.

Thanks--

gamma64 Author Profile Page :

There is no cure for stupidity nor a reward. He should find another profession. AIG could use him.

cbmuzik Author Profile Page :

I dunno. It's easy for alot of WaPo posters to sit here and throw judgement Plaxico's way when in reality, the dude paid his price by shooting himself in the leg.

We are talking about a call that'll mess up his livelihood. It's not like he terrirozed anyone or threatened to kill anyone. And let's not use example of other NFL players who have done worse and are STILL playing in the league!

Have a heart, give the guy another chance to prove he can leave the gun at home...this is NOT about how good or not he is in the league.

cbmuzik Author Profile Page :

excuse the typo..."terrorized" eh heh =]

OneGovt_Worker Author Profile Page :

After Plax gets his punishment from the Law, I don't care what the NFL does..

Personally, I never liked him, but I don't think he should be banned from the NFL for doing what he did.

A guy worth dozens of millions of dollars needs personal security, so I can't blame him for having the gun, but I can blame him for it being unlicensed, loaded and apparently safety-free.

For those of you who are personally hurt, I think you need to get over yourselves..Plax is just a guy who got caught up in the moment while trying to safeguard himself..after he gets out of jail, and the cuffs are off...

The cuffs should be off..

Let him play if someone wants him.

The players in ANY league who have never committed a crime are the minority here, not the other way around.

Probably all of you posting (myself included) have committed a crime as well..we just don't have 50 million people out there forming opinions on how our lives should be hindered afterward.

"Don't throw stones if you live in a glass house" and we ALL live in glass houses...

dgblues Author Profile Page :

Mess up his livelihood?

Oh please! I can't hold back the tears!

How many people are in prison for smoking a joint? What about their livelihoods?

You people seem to write this off to stupidity. This isn't stupidity. It was one hundred percent premeditated.

He planned on going to this place, and he planned on having a gun with him, even though even the typical stupid person knows full well handguns are illegal in New York.

You don't carry a gun unless you anticipate having to use it. He could have gone to the movies. He could have gone to a club that didn't require him to have a loaded weapon.

You say he didn't shoot anyone, but that's just because he managed to shoot himself first. So obviously he has no respect for the weapon and is not qualified to handle it, by definition.

If you want to start bringing up the grace of God, well, but for the grace of God some innocent bystander isn't in a coffin. Or that he didn't shoot his mouth off, provoke someone, and then shoot them to death.

This has nothing to do with living in glass houses. I'm not asking for a multimillion dollar career, and I'm surely not out in public with a loaded weapon.

The man isn't stupid, he's a ghetto punk. Pure and simple. Just what the NFL needs, a real role model.

Like I say, he and Vick can team up on the Steelers. No problem. I'll watch hockey.

blacknight1 Author Profile Page :

this individual could not handle NYC and the abundance of night life and exciting for a person not used to NYC or used to NYC with the great abundance of money he has at his disposal. Probation, the gunshot wound, and the loss of salary this year and part of next year is enough punishment. Some of these players and teams have to be more involved in the education (counseling) of players and enact penalties for lack of cooperation; for, the team can better handle a players
absence for a few games than absence for
years. This player is not malicious or mean spirited as in the Vick case.

blacknight1 Author Profile Page :

this individual could not handle NYC and the abundance of night life and exciting for a person not used to NYC or used to NYC with the great abundance of money he has at his disposal. Probation, the gunshot wound, and the loss of salary this year and part of next year is enough punishment. Some of these players and teams have to be more involved in the education (counseling) of players and enact penalties for lack of cooperation; for, the team can better handle a players
absence for a few games than absence for
years. This player is not malicious or mean spirited as in the Vick case.

blacknight1 Author Profile Page :

this individual could not handle NYC and the abundance of night life and exciting for a person not used to NYC or used to NYC with the great abundance of money he has at his disposal. Probation, the gunshot wound, and the loss of salary this year and part of next year is enough punishment. Some of these players and teams have to be more involved in the education (counseling) of players and enact penalties for lack of cooperation; for, the team can better handle a players
absence for a few games than absence for
years. This player is not malicious or mean spirited as in the Vick case.

spikedontcare Author Profile Page :

Of course he isn't done, and he shouldn't be. He didn't do anything too evil, like killing poor innocent dogs. Oh wait, if you do that you can get back in.

lostdogrwd1011 Author Profile Page :

this is why at time I hate this self right country. these fake I do no wrong people they should all go to hell and may be there, the man shot himself, he miss a year of pay, he hurt himself,and there not one damm bit of proof that he was going to shoot anyone there. just showing off with the gun and shot himself. then these holy than God people wait a year to charge him. this is sick. leave him alone, let him play and move on. all this for a player of a team I don't like. now if he was still on the cowgirl team lock his tail up along with Romo, Jerry Jones, and blow up the team

whocares666 Author Profile Page :

The NRA needs a few shooters.

Howdeb Author Profile Page :

The very idea that Vick has been cleared to play again is disgusting.

On the scales of justice, it would be absurd to deny that privilege to Burress.

ballgame Author Profile Page :

TOO BAD FOR PLAX - the gun laws in NYC exist for a very good reason and Plax clearly violated them. Its really that simple - possession of unregistered, concealed weapon and public place. doesn't matter that it was stupid, doesn't matter if he was stupid. the only thing that matters is he is dead to rights guilty and therefore must get the mandatory minimum. any other result would be preposterous.

don't get me wrong, it sucks for him, but its a little too late for that.

ozpunk Author Profile Page :

Yeah Plax is done, assuming he gets convicted he won't be able to play until 2011 or later and will be too old for any team to take a risk on him. Maybe him and Marvin Harrison can start a gun club together, or maybe he can sell his weapons to Tank Johnson to help pay his legal fees. But either way, I think his career in the NFL is over.

 
 
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