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Burress Reportedly Shoots Himself in Leg

UPDATED (6:40 p.m.)...

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was hospitalized Friday night after being shot in the leg.

According to several reports, Burress accidentally shot himself.

The Giants indicated in a written statement released today that Burress, 31, had suffered a wound to his right thigh in "an apparent accidental shooting" and was released from a New York City hospital this afternoon. The Giants indicated in the statement that they were gathering facts about the incident and had been in contact with NFL security officials, and added that the shooting "could become a matter for law enforcement officials."

The team did not provide further details and did not indicate how seriously Burress was hurt or when he might be able to play football again. Burress already had been declared out of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field because of a previous hamstring injury.

The Giants' statement said: "We are aware of the fact that Plaxico was involved in an apparent accidental shooting last night. We have been in contact with Plaxico since shortly after the incident. Plaxico suffered a wound to his right thigh.

"Obviously, our primary concern is for Plaxico's health and well-being, and given the circumstances, we are relieved to say he was released from a New York City hospital at approximately 2 p.m. today. We have been in touch with NFL Security on this matter.

"At this point, we are attempting to gather all the facts surrounding this incident. This incident could become a matter for law enforcement officials, and because of that, we have no comment on any of the details."

Previous reports by Fox, the New York Daily News and other media outlets had indicated that Burress suffered a non-life-threatening injury when he accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday night, hours after the Giants had announced that he wouldn't play against the Redskins.

The incident occurred at a nightclub on the East Side of Manhattan named the Latin Quarter, according to an ESPN report. A report by Yahoo! Sports indicated that Burress was not seriously wounded and he could be able to resume playing in a couple weeks.

The Daily News reports that Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, a former Redskin, was at the nightclub with Burress but is not believed to have been involved in the incident and accompanied the team to the D.C. area today.

League officials indicated it was too soon to know if the incident could produce disciplinary action against Burress under the NFL's personal conduct policy. Police were investigating the incident and Burress reportedly could face charges if he was not properly licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

Burress caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Giants quarterback Eli Manning in last season's Super Bowl upset of the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. He was involved in an offseason contract dispute with the Giants but got a new five-year, $35 million deal just before a season-opening victory over the Redskins at Giants Stadium. The contract included about $11 million in guaranteed money.

The Giants have a record of 10-1 and are regarded as the NFL's top team this season, but Burress has been involved in a series of controversies.

He was suspended for one game without pay by the team after reportedly missing a team meeting in late September. That cost Burress $117,647 of his $2 million salary for this season. He missed an Oct. 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks and rejoined the team the following day.

He was fined $45,000 by the NFL for three separate incidents during an Oct. 19 game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he was penalized for complaining about an offensive pass interference call against him. The league fined Burress $20,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, $20,000 for complaining about the officiating publicly and $5,000 for throwing a ball into the stands.

He was benched at the outset of an Oct. 26 game at Pittsburgh by Giants Coach Tom Coughlin after missing a treatment session the previous day. Burress entered that game early in the second quarter.

There also was a report by the Daily News in September that the NFL was investigating Burress for a possible violation of its personal conduct policy because of two domestic incidents last summer in which his wife had temporary restraining orders issued against him, according to the Daily News report. But both of the orders reportedly were dismissed in state court and Richard Berthelsen, the acting executive director of the NFL Players Association, said at the time that he was unaware of any discussion of possible disciplinary action by the league against Burress under the conduct policy.

The league has taken no action against Burress under the conduct policy to this point.

Burress played in the Giants' triumph at Arizona last Sunday, but left after only three plays when he aggravated a hamstring injury suffered during practice the previous week. He underwent further tests early in the week and the Giants ruled him out of the Redskins game.

Domenik Hixon is scheduled to start Sunday's game in place of Burress, who has 35 catches for 454 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games this season.

By Mark Maske  |  November 29, 2008; 1:09 PM ET  | Category:  Giants Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I am not a Giants fan, but I need to comment on this. In order to understand why Plaxico did this, you have to understand what is going on in these times. We are living in times where people are losing everything and some are turning to robbing and even killing other people who look like they have something. I am not condoning what Plax did, but understand what black athletes are having to face. In less than 2 years, two black athletes have been killed,one paralyzed and numerous others robbed on the streets, in nightclubs, and even in their homes. I will leave a few of these athletes a few words of wisdom. You are not thugs,if you go into places and try to be Mr. Toughguy, or if you try to flaunt your wealth and celebrity, I guarantee you, the REAL thugs and gangsters will test you, and they do not care who you are,and if you don't know how to safely handle a gun,don't carry one.

Posted by: ron314 | December 2, 2008 10:07 AM

Oh s**t man, it's Omar!

Posted by: Croupier | November 30, 2008 8:30 PM

you people have too much spare time on your hands get a life or better yet get a job you sound a little jealous of that brother to me continue to hide behind that sheet covered head you cowards don't worry about plaxico worry about your own behind ok

Posted by: dolly | November 30, 2008 7:49 PM

If this had been you or me, we would be in jail right now for violating the "Sullivan Act." Celebrities can get away with murder, or, in this case, a stupid person discharging a weapon into his thigh.

Posted by: Michael1945 | November 30, 2008 3:12 PM

Maybe it's time to disband the NFL. I wish this were an option. No more players setting such poor examples for America's youth. And, the money spent to keep the league going could be funneled to causes that really need it.

Posted by: no more football? | November 30, 2008 12:29 PM

You know what is most disturbing about this is that it comes almost a year to the day after Sean Taylor is killed by a handgun. Send this a$$clown up the river and let him think about it for 3 years.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | November 30, 2008 1:00 AM

Makes me worry about Plaxico; what WAS he doing with a gun in his hand anyway? Sending him prayers because I worry that he is in a bad place right now personally and that this incident is the result. Sir, if you read this, please take care of yourself.

Posted by: NEChica | November 29, 2008 9:31 PM

These commentaries reveal more about their writers than about Plaxico Burress and the fix he's in. Honestly, ladies and gentlemen. It's time to expect more of yourselves.

Posted by: Lawby Habit | November 29, 2008 9:00 PM

Too much money try paying them less if you ask me.

Posted by: jack | November 29, 2008 8:45 PM

This has nothing to do with the color of his skin. He is a tool and we need to trade him for what ever we can get and take the salary cap hit. He's a cancer and dumb apparently, bad combo. How do you shoot yourself in the leg, he was figuratively shooting himself in the foot now he pretty much did it. Good bye to plax and his problems, he can and will be replaced.

Posted by: Chris | November 29, 2008 8:43 PM

That's really too bad about Plaxico Buress.

Obviously a handsome man, very gentlemanly, and of course, not everyone can wear their hair like that. A regular Beau Brummel!

And he follows in the footsteps of Allen Iverson, who noted that it's "just practice, not even a game, just practice".

Posted by: Da Truf | November 29, 2008 8:23 PM

how come the white qbs never get in trouble?? they get paid the most, mo money mo problems only refers to black dudes..ya heard

Posted by: g funk | November 29, 2008 8:03 PM

You didn't kill me Croupier.

Posted by: Omar | November 29, 2008 7:54 PM

Here we are in the year 2008 and this country is still loaded with ignorant racists. Some of the comments here are just plain ignorant. But this is America, and you have the freedom to express your stupidity as well as any other American. But it is sad.

Posted by: Mezzenger | November 29, 2008 7:53 PM

what plax had a gun?..oh wait he's a black athlete, nevermind

Posted by: Will O'Hair | November 29, 2008 7:52 PM

You can't come from the streets to a multi-million dollar income and bring your gang bangin' friends with you...when will these guys learn???

Posted by: Arky Denny | November 29, 2008 7:47 PM


Posted by: COMSEN | November 29, 2008 7:46 PM

This is a talented athelete commiting professional football suicide. Why?? Dixon will take his job, Coughlin won't put up with this much longer.... Really sad...

Posted by: Anonymous | November 29, 2008 7:45 PM

Whay Plax why? You have so much to live for!

Posted by: joey big time | November 29, 2008 7:41 PM

I can't believe what I am readin. All ya all is racist and whack. Every brother knows that once you get the benjamins, you gotsa pack da heat.

Posted by: da fizzle | November 29, 2008 7:37 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: Dom | November 29, 2008 7:33 PM

YES! I love it. One more thing to help my Redskins trounce those NY bums on Sunday!

Posted by: REDSKINS FAN | November 29, 2008 7:30 PM

Pro Sports - Yuck. It's a pox on America.

Posted by: Big BoBo | November 29, 2008 7:27 PM

I was with him. It was no accident and he did not shoot himself.
There was huge shoot-out after Omar showed up at one of the Greek's drop-off points. Plax was hit in the leg just before he took out Omar's boy. Just then 5-0 rolled up and Bunk and McNulty wasted four of Marlo's muscles giving me cover to get to the Escalade, load up Plax, and empty a clip killing Omar and an already wounded Prop Joe. Plax is a soldier and legend.

Posted by: Croupier | November 29, 2008 7:24 PM

wow, just wow. Makes you think they should put in a test after a player gets drafted to make sure they are not stupid, like a common-sense test.

Also, Go nerds!!!

Posted by: Chris | November 29, 2008 7:22 PM

Gosh N Golly. You people act like you can't change this. I just popped on to see how some idiot shot himself and found all this stuff about the economy, sports players being paid too much, hiring bodyguards. I will now point out that the sports industry hasn't gotten a cent out of me for 31 years! In 1977 is when I said they get to much money and I wouldn't help. I tried to get others to boycott sports then. Now look at the mess it is. Go ahead, pay another $300 for a day in the stadium. You people that pay them perpetuates the problem. Not me. As for idiots..... face it...we are surrounded with them.

Posted by: The Fisherman | November 29, 2008 7:20 PM

what an idiot.
There is no excuse

Posted by: SoilantGreen | November 29, 2008 7:19 PM

Well, all you Giant fans were happy when he brought yall that super bowl. Im talking to you pkmones5

Posted by: Rick Ross the Cop Boss | November 29, 2008 7:15 PM

Um really dumb comment below. good for you not paying a cent in 33 years ya damn nerd...

Posted by: Chedda Bob | November 29, 2008 7:10 PM

All humans have to fight the urge towards self-destructive behavior, whether it is drugs, alcohol, or irresponsible gun use.

Posted by: Rubik | November 29, 2008 7:08 PM

Gosh N Golly. You people act like you can't change this. I just popped on to see how some idiot shot himself and found all this stuff about the economy, sports players being paid too much, hiring bodyguards. I will now point out that the sports industry hasn't gotten a cent out of me for 31 years! In 1977 is when I said they get to much money and I wouldn't help. I tried to get others to boycott sports then. Now look at the mess it is. Go ahead, pay another $300 for a day in the stadium. You people that pay them perpetuates the problem. Not me. As for idiots..... face it...we are surrounded with them.

Posted by: The Fisherman | November 29, 2008 7:05 PM

Does Burress pack heat all the time? I thought it was illegal to sell guns to obviously disturbed individuals.

Oh well, head cases have Second Amendment rights just like the rest of us. If the Mumbai terrorists ever attack a night club when Burress is there, he'll be ready for 'em.

Posted by: donnolo | November 29, 2008 7:03 PM

De De De!

Posted by: Pftt | November 29, 2008 7:02 PM

"Schadenfreude" is a German term for the good feeling we get when something bad happens to somebody else. It's like the feeling you get when you look at a dented Mercedez-Benz.If we could forgive Plaxico Burress his undeserved talent, we could probably feel sorry for him.

Posted by: Lawby Habit | November 29, 2008 7:00 PM

Why do these black athletes feel that it is necessary to carry guns to nightclubs, in their cars, and just about everywhere else? Who are they afraid of? The NFL and NBA need to suspend these thugs for a year for any incident where one of their athletes is found with a gun in public. I don't need to hear about the 2nd amendment thanks.

Posted by: Jay | November 29, 2008 6:57 PM

im a giant season ticket holder for 40 years ,as much as i root against the skins,i have a lot of respect for them,i beleive they would not put up with this crap just like my organization would not...get him off the giants,he belongs on the cowboys,raiders,bengals etc...

Posted by: pkmones5 | November 29, 2008 6:56 PM

It never has been about playing football, it's about getting over. They are the same people as when they had nothing.I said people, black , white, it doesn't make a difference.It's too bad that so many comments reference his race. I stopped watching pro sports in 1976.

Posted by: mike | November 29, 2008 6:46 PM

this is horrible! there is no excuse for this kind of behavior and never will be... part of being a professional athlete is taking responsibility for yourself and your actions.. they will always be held at a higher standard than people who are not in the spotlight.. and of course with that kind of fame comes a loss in one's private life but they know that going in... if u cant handle the pressure that comes with the job then u shouldnt take the money... i m a giants fan and 2day i m disgusted 2 call myself a fan of any sport period. although the loss of plaxico will b tough in the locker room it wont affect the teams on-field skills much.. this kind of irresponsible behavior is childish and needs 2 b stopped in all sports... perhaps it is truly time 2 initiate some kind of zero tolerance policy in all professional sports.

Posted by: tom k. | November 29, 2008 6:40 PM

I went to school with Plaxico....I don't watch him play often but I just have to say....there are some racist SOBs commenting on this story. Sad.

Posted by: Not a sports fan | November 29, 2008 6:29 PM

Proves that you can't buy common sense.And anyone that continues to pay such an idiot deserves to have their money used for toilet paper,a real waste of space.

Posted by: Invictus247 | November 29, 2008 6:28 PM

What a Jack Ass

Posted by: Invictus247 | November 29, 2008 6:23 PM

It is nearly impossible to carry a gun in NYC legally. He is in trouble with the law,I'm sure

Posted by: noone | November 29, 2008 6:14 PM


Posted by: Grant Wiseman | November 29, 2008 6:11 PM

It sounds like a felony has been conmmited not "maybe a police matter".

Posted by: Johnnie B | November 29, 2008 6:07 PM

hahaha what a fing dumbass. First dont carry a gun, your not gangster or a tough guy thug who needs to pack "heat". YOUR MAKING 35 million a year, purchase body guards to carry weapons so when you get drunk and are crying over not starting sunday you wont "accidentally" shoot yourself. Smart move.

Posted by: patriots | November 29, 2008 6:04 PM

What's a Plaxico?

Posted by: Jondo | November 29, 2008 6:03 PM

Accident?? This is ridiculous. For people who don't know much about guns - well, they might buy it, but people who have been around guns (which is most people) won't. So, we'll probably never know what stupid BS he was actually doing. It reminds me of the accident where the guy got shot with an arrow becuase he and his friend got drunk and they wanted to see if they could shoot a can off each others heads.

Posted by: JJ | November 29, 2008 5:53 PM

First he shoots his mouth off, now his leg. Hopefully his aim will be better next time and he'll shoot his head off. We can only hope!!!

Posted by: Bob L | November 29, 2008 5:48 PM

Deseria, you are a wise person. Your comments are nothing but common sense. A rare quality these days..

Posted by: Packy | November 29, 2008 5:42 PM

Accident?? This is ridiculous. For people who don't know much about guns - well, they might buy it, but people who have been around guns (which is most people) won't. So, we'll probably never know what stupid BS he was actually doing. It reminds me of the accident where the guy got shot with an arrow becuase he and his friend got drunk and they wanted to see if they could shoot a can off each others heads.

Posted by: JJ | November 29, 2008 5:37 PM

Plax is another athlete that puts a stain on pro sports. He's got to learn to keep his life between the lines just like he has to when he plays the game. The Giants threw money at him and all the sudden his crap dosen't stink. Get your life together or your going to loose career and your family. I'm glad your out of Pittsburgh.

PS Get some handgun training.

Posted by: Dave | November 29, 2008 5:36 PM

PLAXICO is not for everyone.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if PLAXICO is right for you.
side effects include spousal abuse and shooting yourself in the f@#$%^ing leg.
PLAXICO may be irritating to some. Do not use PLAXICO if you are upset by multi million dollar athletes throwing it all in the trash while having a temper tantrum. If PLAXICO causes stomach upset, nausea, or vomitting, discontinue use IMMEDIATELY.

Posted by: BURRESS pharmaceuticals | November 29, 2008 5:35 PM

Does Plexico take crack cocaine? Obama needs to enact a nationwide ban on guns of any type for black people only.

Posted by: Maurice Smith | November 29, 2008 5:35 PM

May be when he is fired, the NFL can send the money to help out our economical situation. For that matter, football players get payed too much anyway. Talk about greed. I'm sure if you payed football players lower saleries there would be no problems with guns, dogs, law etc......

Posted by: Brad | November 29, 2008 5:32 PM

What is it with the publishing of a story like this? Blacks shooting each other, or themselves, is a common occurrence, whether it be a street thug or an athlete. We don't hear about this much with regards to white athletes.

Shooting each other is part of today's black culture. MLK is probably turning over in his grave and Mr. Obama is just shaking his head.

Posted by: Contrary to your Opinion | November 29, 2008 5:27 PM

Plax is the my nominee for this years Latrell Sprewell award...While sitting out an upcoming game with a leg/hamstring injury, he goes to a dance club; instead of using some of his $35 million dollar deal to hire a bodyguard, he insists on taking a concealed weapon into a club and then shoots himself (cue the irony) in the leg! Only good fortune, or bad aim, has saved him from a nomination for a Darwin Award. Just say it out loud, "I can't play on Sunday, because my leg hurts. Instead, I will go to a dance club." Yeah right...

Posted by: Nick | November 29, 2008 5:25 PM

If you put Plaxico's brain in a bird,,,,

It would fly backwards.

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | November 29, 2008 5:21 PM

These comments are insane. The guy has a tragic accident and gets shot, and you're blaming him? It was an accident apparently - why all the racist conspiracy theories? And those wishing he'd shot himself in the head, do you know how evil a thought that is? Are you insane? I know you're hiding behind the anonymous email, but please please please don't say those kinds of things in this forum. It's sick and it's wrong and you should be very ashamed.

Posted by: Rational | November 29, 2008 5:14 PM

How'd he miss his head?

Posted by: Randy | November 29, 2008 5:13 PM

Damn dog. We need PLAX, especially vs the cowgirls. Chit happens, you cannot expect an individual to act different just because he's a professional athlete and in the public eye.

Maturity has a great deal to do with it but once you give some of these ballers unconcievable amount of money it usually makes them feel "above the law" and a sense of untouchable attitude. You can't help it.

White,Black,Blue,Green we all would act different when we know we are set financially. Playing with heat, I don't know about that.

Posted by: Don Mega | November 29, 2008 5:12 PM

Are they sure it wasn't done by Dick Cheney?

Posted by: Kevlar | November 29, 2008 5:12 PM

Wow what a retard....Only like 1 out of 1,000 accidental shootings are not a result of complete stupidity.

On a side note I found this hilarious spoof of PTI I thought yall would enjoy

Posted by: Billy | November 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Maybe he shot himself on purpose to get out of his contract.

Posted by: Another TO | November 29, 2008 5:09 PM

Okay, who's next? I tell you every week it's something with these NFL players, and what I can't connsume is why they are not happy with what they are doing and they money they make. It always has to be something else that makes them click. May be the NFL need to have them fully evaluated becaue this is got to stop ASAP. We can't enjoy the sport for always reading about the childish behavior of one of the players, hey man Plex, grow up you are too old for this crap. You have a son to raise and this is a reflection on your whole family man. Your mother is gone but I know she did not raise you to participate in this manner, it's time out and your chances are just about up.

Posted by: Brice | November 29, 2008 5:07 PM

Let me guess. Despite being a successful football player earning a ton of money, he still hangs out with savage thug morons. One of them shot him in the leg after a minor altercation. Let's call it a "shoulder brushing incident." A drink was spilled. A face-off. Bang bang.

Since telling the cops what happened would be "snitching," he told them he shot himself instead.

It just never ends with these guys, does it? The thug culture stays with them no matter what they go on to do in life.

Posted by: Jayson | November 29, 2008 5:06 PM

Ok, will he get off on this one? Giants don't need him anymore anyway. From first to worst. Dude is a serious sicko now.

Posted by: Not Licensed to carry concealed weapon | November 29, 2008 5:03 PM

Wow, he missed his whole head??? and instead misses the foot too. Sooner or later it was bound to happen, (Buress shooting himself in the foot), but this takes the cake!

Posted by: kw | November 29, 2008 5:01 PM

I can't understand why grown men making wonderful money always have some sort of something going on, it never fails that this happens. And needless to say it's 95% one of my black brothers who always have to show their behinds because they tend to act like children instead of adults. The NFL should not allow these men to keep bringing troubles into the league because there are plenty young men hungry to be in the NFL and they look up to these players who have not yet matured. I am so ashame of our black men playing professional sports because you stay in the news with something negative all the time. Please do what you are hired to do and stop letting this unexplained and unnecessary behavior come out in you, you are too talented to allow this to happen. You have the opportunities that a lot of men don't have and will never have, and what do you do with it, you make complete idiots out of yourselves. It's time to stop the bull and act like responsible men. You play professional footbal, but you act like professional thugs, wake up and smell the coffee.

Posted by: Deseria | November 29, 2008 5:00 PM

Plaxico is a moron

Posted by: Bubba kush | November 29, 2008 4:59 PM

Is this considered black on black crime?

Posted by: Truthhurts | November 29, 2008 4:57 PM

he should have shot himself in the least there would be no physical damage to keep him off the field and he certainly doesn't use whatever is up there anyways...

Posted by: kb | November 29, 2008 4:56 PM

I don't believe accidents like this are in the "coincidence" category. Plax has serious emotional and psychological issues. He's a great athlete who is screwing up a grand opportunity. Plax, wake up dude. You're on the last plank over a deep gorge in an Indiana Jones movie, only for you it is real. Call me dude.

Posted by: Chuck Marunde | November 29, 2008 4:56 PM

More Plaxico Duress..Whats up with ball players at the club?? Is it like the 13th Circle of Hell these dudes are in?? Mo' money, mo' problems..

Posted by: frak | November 29, 2008 4:53 PM

There is always an excuse when you are up to no good. When you behave like a responsible adult you don't have to explain yourself.

Posted by: Colorado Kid | November 29, 2008 4:49 PM

Hilarious! The Giants should have just cut him in the first place. Hixon will do well in Plax's absence again, and really deserves a starting spot in place of Plax or Toomer.

Posted by: OZZIE | November 29, 2008 3:08 PM

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