Plaxico Burress, who turned himself into police this morning after allegedly shooting himself in the leg over the weekend, may have lied about his identity.">

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Plaxico Burress or Harris Smith?

Plaxico Burress, who turned himself into police this morning after allegedly shooting himself in the leg over the weekend, may face additional charges.

According to the New York Post, the Giants wide receiver identified himself as "Harris Smith" when he arrived at New York-Cornell Hospital. He went on to tell staff that he'd been shot at an Applebee's restaurant. Hospital workers reportedly were not fooled and "the gunshot was not reported, as required by law."

By Emil Steiner  |  December 1, 2008; 2:08 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Plaxico Burress Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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and we thought an idiot wideout was the only problem...turns out the problem is waaay deeper.
at this point, i wouldn't be surprised if his argument was 'your laws are so absurd, how can you possible pass judgment on me' and win

so sad, so sad...

Posted by: tim randle | December 1, 2008 3:44 PM

these guys behave insane because they make so much money, why would you carry a loaded unregister gun. with all the money he has i'm sure he can get a gun permit if need one. what an alien.

Posted by: OH | December 1, 2008 3:45 PM

using alias = lying. Wonder what else he is hiding. Hope he is done in the NFL, they can start here changing theuir image.

Posted by: apollosailor | December 1, 2008 3:55 PM

What a freaking idiot! Next thing you know hes going to get caught trying to bribe someone. I swear watching Plax is like watching an accident happen in slow motion and not being able to stop it.

Posted by: Dennis, PA | December 1, 2008 4:00 PM

Damn! This retard has more problems than a 3rd world country./

Posted by: Anonymous | December 1, 2008 4:32 PM

I'm just glad he's no longer a Steeler. Good Riddance!

Posted by: PA Paul | December 1, 2008 4:47 PM

"more problems than a third world country..." ??!!
I guess WE have no problems, eh?
Economy; in the dumps, worse than perhaps 80% of 'third world' countries.
Politics; ha, ha, ha...
Guess we have now joined those 'third world' countries that trample people to death...while SHOPPING, no less.
Crime?? gun contro??(or lack thereof); lawlessness; we could go on and on, couldn't we.

'Third world' country?? are you kidding me? What are we now...? Fifth world??

Posted by: Foreigner | December 1, 2008 4:50 PM

Burress is so disingenuous and basically a punk. If his excuse for carrying a gun to "protect" himself and his assets from getting robbed, then he would have gone to team meetings and shut his mouth during games. He's lost more money by being a bonehead then anyone could have ever robbed from him!!

Posted by: DJS | December 1, 2008 4:54 PM

I thought this topic was about morons in football? Not politics or the economy, anywho Im going out now and shoting my self in the eye and then tell them I was sitting on Santa's lap in Macy's and a elf pulled out his Ghat and caught me on a run by.

Posted by: bozmanbeyond | December 1, 2008 5:07 PM

Karma is a beeeeeatch idnt it Plax HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: FP | December 1, 2008 5:31 PM

I'm not going to support the fact that he lied, but give him some credit. He didn't know what to do, and he was trying to avoid getting in trouble. He was acting without thinking about it, when there's a bullet in you're thigh it's a legitimate excuse for acting wrong. & I don't really think Plaxico is the major issue in this story. Was anybody else caught off guard by the fact that the hospital didn't report the gunshot? What happened with Plaxico was a mistake. Yeah, he shouldn't have had the gun, but he's not the only one. So many more athletes have guns and it's because they feel threatened. Cut them some slack. So many people complain because they're famous and often 'above the law' but now we're just assuming that they should be above mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, get over it.

Posted by: Nicole | December 1, 2008 5:33 PM

It is events like this that almost make me want to support "gun control". This guy had absolutely no business being near a firearm let alone carrying one. I'd be interested to see if they use the current firearm laws to go after him, or if they let him slide. Oh, and responding to the comment asking to cut the atheletes some slack, that's fine. Cut them slack for it and let them make all the mistakes they want, as long as they pay the same penalty as I would for making those same mistakes.

Posted by: Matt | December 1, 2008 5:57 PM

The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. He did nothing wrong.

Posted by: Tom - Raymond, NH | December 1, 2008 7:06 PM

First of all Tom in NH you are a moron. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with carrying a loaded gun into a nightclub. No matter who you are. Secondly does it surprise anyone that this thug would think that he could fool the hospital staff and the police by using some lame brained alias?

Posted by: Jay | December 1, 2008 8:54 PM

Maybe its just me,but each act like this just distances me further and further away from all pro sports. All the money, fame, fortune, women etc. , who gives a rats ass.
I dont watch pro basketball at all, removed myself as a baseball fan (due to strikes)....strike this MLB .... And now a thug in a club trying to shoot off his nub.
I just sit here and laugh at another idiot, wondering which player from what team is next. I just hope the Giants get to the Super Bowl and Plaxico Dumbass misses his ring or bling or whatever.
Hope he enjoys braiding Bubbas hair in the crossbar motel. WAY TO GO LOSER. hahahahaha

Posted by: Jimbo | December 1, 2008 9:12 PM

I watched an interview with this so called "agent" of Plaxico B - a Drew R. today. This man is part of the biggest problem with our whole country, as is this episode regarding Plaxico.

While we have no idea yet if he is truly guilty of the crime and we should reserve judgement until all facts are in, we know that yet another multi-million dollar, gifted person appears to have CHOSEN voluntarily to waste his talent, life and send a terrible message to children around the world.

This Drew agent person says such things as "it's been tough on him..." (meaning Plaxico)?? WHAT?? He CHOSE to place himself in a criminal situation and got caught! Then this agent goes on to say how, "it's not appropriate for me to comment on guns and the NFL...." ??

What's not appropriate is this person making his living off of hanging out with highly overpaid criminals who ruin every chance they have to make a better life for children, themselves and their families! This Drew person is as much, if not more of a disgust to our nation, and these kind of people should be held accountable.

When will you put money and political spin aside and start standing up for what is right, honest and good? When we hold these idiots accountable, this country will be in a better place.

If we continue to tolerate it and these agents and lawyers, it will continue to happen and we will have no one to blame but ourselves in a downward spiral.

Why doesnt the NFL take REAL action and see the global problem they have? Take a portion of all these HUGE paychecks and start to invest it in training for these so called "stars" to become better citizens, get financial training, and do something honest and good with all the money and talent that they have been lucky enough to have been given??

When does the law, our country and the NFL start to stand up tall? When do these so called agents go after good talent with honest, good ethics? Higher standards? It's time.

Posted by: KCat | December 1, 2008 10:35 PM

At least once a year, NFL teams review firearm regulations with all players and rules of gun usage, both legal and common sense. Plax knew the consequences and was mad lucky that he didn't kill anyone. New York City IS WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR MOST STRINGENT FIREARM LAWS. A permit to carry is NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO PROCURE FOR NYC. So sad.

Posted by: Jon Fever | December 1, 2008 10:39 PM

dude goes down- the max for plax- three years, rikers, too bad, fool.... and im supposed to feel sorry for you? ha.

Posted by: jake | December 1, 2008 11:55 PM


Posted by: Mike | December 2, 2008 2:28 AM

Plaxco jes keepin it real, know wha am sayn, yo, hizz homez be take care a him an hizz bling back in a hood, dawgs. Word. Then Plaxco gone develop a re-alty show wif Flava, yo, an takin it to a ho noo level, straight up.

Posted by: tupac | December 2, 2008 7:57 AM

Is that Tupac stuff supposed to be English?

Plax has blown a $35 MILLION Life !
carrying a gun in the VIP lounge of the bar.
Someone above said he hasn't been proved guilty..
Well I think a bullet hole in your thigh and a blood-spattered gun rolling out of his pants is pretty strong evidence.
When Mayor Bloomberg gets involved and says he shld get the MAX, auto 3 1/2 year penalty.. He likely will..

He self-destructed and if BLING is his excuse for carrying an illegal gun.. then that shows how SHALLOW this dude really is!!

He's let down everyone who get him to where he WAS !!

Posted by: Huh ?? | December 2, 2008 8:44 AM

A world class athlete accidently shoots himself. Take a lesson kids. You're safer without the so called protection.

Posted by: realitybyte | December 2, 2008 8:54 AM

The League and/or NFLPA needs to implement some sort of instrument or program that helps young players develop maturity, common sense and responsibility. So much has been made of unprepared kids who suddenly have fame & fortune thrust upon them, then can't handle it and self destruct. The League is part of the problem; they should at least try to be part of the solution. Every week we see public service spots of NFL players mentoring kids, helping communities, etc. How about well-adjusted players giving back to their own?

Posted by: paulF | December 2, 2008 10:40 AM

Why does everyone spaz out when NFL players turn out to be human? They should be expected to be good at football - period! The requirement that they have zero problems in their personal lives ... and that their personal trouble should be used to destroy their athletic careers, is totally un-American.

If his actions lead to jail, fine he can't play. Otherwise just STFU and let football players play football.

Posted by: Kent | December 2, 2008 10:48 AM

I agree with Kent. Who the hell said athletes are supposed to be role models? Bloomberg? He's a douche anyway. What Plax does off the field smart or stupid is his own damn business and has got nothing to do with how he does his job catching balls.

Posted by: Seasonal | December 2, 2008 11:35 AM

His only problem was not taking a gun safety class.

Posted by: GunGuy | December 2, 2008 12:49 PM

Very simple: He broke the law

Posted by: Jim | December 2, 2008 1:28 PM

All the New York Football Giant fans I have contacted want Mr. B. GONE !!!! Throw away that Phat 35 MIL. Nice Job, you big DUMMY!

Posted by: Jon Fever | December 2, 2008 4:12 PM

Michael Vick used the alias Ron Mexico. Plaxico's as low as Michael Vick

Posted by: Jesse | December 2, 2008 4:52 PM

Plaxico Burress what a dumbass!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 4, 2008 9:22 AM

Mr. Burress is just another immature, mentally disturbed, multi-millionaire pro jock, with nothing going for them but a bloated ego and their "athletic ability". It just goes to show once again, that taking the pig out of the poop doesn't necessarily take the poop out of the pig!

Posted by: Doowadiddy | December 6, 2008 6:52 AM

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