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Burress Sentenced, Taken Into Custody

UPDATED (12:38 p.m.)...

Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday on a weapon charge and left court to begin serving his jail term immediately, the Associated Press reported.

The former New York Giants wide receiver pleaded guilty last month to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Burress agreed to a two-year prison sentence and two years of supervised release under the terms of a plea deal.

Burress was back in court Tuesday to be sentenced and then was taken into custody, according to the AP.

His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, has said that Burress is likely to actually serve approximately 20 months in jail.

Burress pleaded guilty to a reduced charge stemming from the incident last November in which he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub.

The former Super Bowl standout is without a team after being released by the Giants and is suspended by the NFL. He is to be reinstated when his prison term ends, the league announced last month, and will be free to sign with any team at that point.

According to the AP account of Tuesday's court hearing, Burress arrived with his wife around 9:40 a.m. and was carrying his son Elijah. He was granted permission by the judge to say goodbye to his family before being sentenced.

The hearing was brief, the AP reported, with the plea agreement already in place, and Burress apologized to fans and his family and vowed "we will all get through this."

Brafman said after the hearing, according to the AP: "This has been a very emotional experience for him. He's sad about what he's done to his life, his career and more importantly, to his family. He's a fundamentally good man who has used bad judgment and is going to pay a very, very severe penalty."

Brafman called the case "terribly sad and very tragic," the AP reported.

Burress reportedly was to be taken first to jail on Rikers Island, then transferred elsewhere for processing before being sent to a medium-security prison in New York to serve his sentence.

By Mark Maske  |  September 22, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  | Category:  Crime Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Plax was in the most crowded city in America in the most crowded club. ..bumping and grinding with young people with a loaded gun safety OFF in his pants. I know its not an airport but after 911 you can not be walking around with a loaded weapon in NYC. How would you feel if your daughter was trampled in the panic or even grazed by the bouncing bullet? Violent Crimes against humans including yourself should be more than 2 years. Jail is full of idiots.

Posted by: jercha | September 23, 2009 10:24 AM

first thing..anyone making this a race issue is as stupid as Plaxico. why did he get two years...because it was a weapons charge..in addition to the gun being illegal in NY (which has strict gun laws for a reason), he discharged it in a crowded club..fortunately, only hurting himself. Besides, anyone dumb enough to have a loaded gun with a round in the chamber..and then "plays with the gun" should be in jail.
GUNS DO NOT MAGICALLY GET DISCHARGED..ONE HAS TO PULL THE TRIGGER..
MAYBE SOME OTHER ATHLETES WHO HAVE A LOT OF MONEY..WILL SMARTEN UP AND HIRE PROFESSIONALS FOR PROTECTION WHEN THEY GO OUT TO PLACES LIKE NIGHT CLUBS. THAT WOULD BE A LOT CHEAPER THAN LOOSING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS..AND BECOMING SOMEONE`S BOY FRIEND IN JAIL.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | September 23, 2009 9:18 AM

I see quite a few comparisons between Plaxico's punishment to Pacman Jones and especially Donte Stallworth. People need to be reminded that:

a)Pac-Man Jones did not fire the shots that crippled that bouncer. His bodyguard is accused of that. If they prove that Pac-Man coherced him or paid him to do it, then I'm all for Pac-Man going to jail.

b)As for Donte Stallworth, I don't condone drunk driving, but the victim's family ACCEPTED A FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT to put this whole behind them which prevented them going through a trial and subsequently Stallworth possibly getting jail time.

Posted by: bwroll | September 23, 2009 7:52 AM

Everything is about race. Even Kenton is a racist. Why, Kenton, do you always lower case the word white and uppercase the word black? Even if you try to make a good point, you fail. The entire planet would be better served if all blacks were relocated to the moon.

Posted by: thetruthnobodysees | September 23, 2009 5:29 AM

...you simply cannot "reasonably" argue that this is all about the law in light of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, that we supposedly all have, that we supposedly all share, that every government in the US supposedly must respect (but clearly doesn't). It's cut and dry. Anyone making that argument is ignoring the blatant racism and prejudice behind so-called "gun-control" laws.

Posted by: dubya1938 | September 22, 2009 9:11 PM

"I can't believe the idiots that are making this a race issue...stupidity comes in all colors...it just happens burress is black and stupid..."

It's always been a race issue because the presumption is that blacks with guns will be criminals with them.

The whole purpose of the law is to keep handguns out of the hands of blacks. Where that is not a concern, the state itself has modified its own constitution to ensure that civilians have the right to keep and bear arms even with regards to state law.

There's no other excuse, really. And it's a simple matter of why that would need to be done in light of the 2nd amendment. Simple. Some jurisdictions find it "reasonable and prudent" to do everything in their power to keep handguns out of the hands of their citizens. When that constituency is significantly black, the correspondence is obvious.

Posted by: dubya1938 | September 22, 2009 9:09 PM

I can't believe the idiots that are making this a race issue...stupidity comes in all colors...it just happens burress is black and stupid....he better now lose that stupidity before someone decides he makes a better center while in prison.

Posted by: JWx2 | September 22, 2009 7:16 PM

Stupid thug wannabe's belong in jail! Plaxico looked like a little girl ready to cry in a recent tv interveiw.

The reason for the jailtime is to hopefully deter other idiots from carrying loaded guns into public places. It's too late for Plaxico to learn anything as he made all kinds of dumb excuses instead of owning up.

He got what was coming to him. Anytime an idiot who doesn't know how to use a weapon carries it makes all of us less safe! ENJOY PRISON PLAX!

Posted by: donmac1 | September 22, 2009 6:35 PM

COULD HAVE KILLED ... BUT DID NOT. Did not even harm anyone. Two years is excessive. Drunk drivers get less or no time.

Posted by: loux24 | September 22, 2009 6:14 PM

I believe he is right where he should be. New York city has a law, he broke that law and carried a deadly, loaded weapon into a nightclub without a license. Not only did he carry it, it went off and COULD HAVE KILLED someone. If that bullet whizzed past me that night I wouldn't care who he was, I'd want the dimwit locked up too. Two years is more than fair. Grow up, stop carrying around loaded guns and stop running around at nightclubs when you are married with small children at home, idiot.

Posted by: Hillary08 | September 22, 2009 6:00 PM

""Yo Yo Yo Boyz......I gotts ta be representing da thug life. Rulz? what rulz. I'm a G-baller...rulz don't apply to meez"....Another idiot thug wanna be off the street. Have a good time in the slammer plax. Maybe you'll get a chance to find out why they call it that. If you want, I'll swing by your crib and check on your wife."
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Funny white boy. :) hahahahahaha
You see this is the stereotype I'm talking about. Paint it all Black. Trying to turn basketballs into watermelons. :) smh..smh..smh...

There is a deliberate attempt by the overwhelming majority of AMericans to paint athletes out to be thugs because they are black. PERIOD!! If the majority of top notch NBA and NFL players were white you would hear about arrest. Go and talk to old cops from back in the day. Hell..if they had given DiMaggio a ticket they would have lost their friggin jobs. But, with today's jock the cops get their names in the papers. Those are just the facts. I understand the 24hr news and all but, it still wouldn't happen if 70% were white kids.

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 4:57 PM

"Yo Yo Yo Boyz......I gotts ta be representing da thug life. Rulz? what rulz. I'm a G-baller...rulz don't apply to meez"....Another idiot thug wanna be off the street. Have a good time in the slammer plax. Maybe you'll get a chance to find out why they call it that. If you want, I'll swing by your crib and check on your wife.

Posted by: thetruthnobodysees | September 22, 2009 4:38 PM

Sorry, but the crimes against humanity of Nazism don't compare with legitimate laws to control concealed weapons.
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I was referring to judges and prosecutors themselves being brought to justice and said that NYC counterparts "do not have that sort of blood on their hands", but disregard the law in the same manner.


Maybe in your right-wing world we'd prosecute those that participate in the democratic process, but it isn't going to happen here.
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What is "democratic" about Bloomberg and the NYC Gun Court ignoring and defying a Supreme Court decision (U.S. vs Heller) on guns? It would seem to me the "democratic" thing to do would be to honor the higher decision and at least review their own questionable practices.


By the way, the law against a concealed weapon in a bar, which is where the incident occurred, would be protected by the 21st Amendment, regardless of the Second Amendment issues.
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My arguments never were about concealed weapons in bars, but about NYC's penchant for locking people up for merely "owning a gun".

Additionally, the Supreme Court left the door open for gun regulations, which you ignore.
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NYC's gun regulations mirror the D.C. gun regulations which were stricken down by the Supreme Court ruling.


Concealed weapons laws would fit nicely through that door.
Posted by: stoplying | September 22, 2009 3:31 PM
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And once again, this issue was never about concealed weapons.

Look, where I live in Texas, we would have charged the guy with 1) no concealed license and 2) carrying in a bar. But we never, never, never would have said, "hey Bub, you own a gun, so go to prison for owning a gun."

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 4:01 PM

The fact that Stallworth didn't get jail time indicates that race may not have been a factor in the outcome. It DOES prove he had a good attorney and a deal was made SOMEWHERE. (He DID kill somebody).

That being said I feel for Plax and I think he's blessed in that he DIDN'T kill himself or anyone else, and he'll probably be able to play again relatively soon. And beyond merely football - which is so brief - this may be THE postive turning point of his life. YES - its going to affect his football career. But maybe its going to turn his life around OUTSIDE of the often short-sighted world of professional sports and have real impact of his spirit and soul.

God Bless him and his family, and God Bless all of us. Did anyone see Tiger Woods congratulate Manning coming off the field last night? That was a nice sight of 2 men - above the consciousness of their skin color - celebrate a moment in time.

Posted by: HornetCoach | September 22, 2009 4:00 PM

Specifics of this charge aside so continues the transformation of the NFL into the National Felons League.
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This is what they want everybody to think. It's the campaign of destroying the image of the most dominant in sports. The Black Males. If the NFL and NBA were 70% white instead of the other way around you wouldn't hear about arrest and they wouldn't be happening. The cops would protect them and the media would also. That's life......that's the country we live in. I'm juz saying............

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 3:54 PM

If you took the word African-American out of your quote, you'd have something, although that would probably be more by luck than by reason. Instead, you have the brain-dead racist comment of the day - congratulations crock of hope. by Stoplying
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Stoplying, it is quite amazing how easily we still go around throwing the word racism around. I am African American myself what are you talking about? I call it how I see it. I am not a racist for saying what I wrote, I wrote what I wrote for a particular reason.

We need to get racism out of our lives. It happens but we cannot blame racism for everything, I am tired of people using racism as an excuse. I am tired of always reading about some athlete (mainly African American) doing something stupid. If that makes me racist, then I am "I guess."

If one is provided with an opportunity to enhance him or her self, why not take advantage of it. There is a future generation of athletes who are looking up to them and they should conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the position they find themselves.

Posted by: Rayofhope11 | September 22, 2009 3:38 PM

The Supreme Court also acknowledged that some regulations of guns were appropriate. Accordingly, they did not create an absolute right. Furthermore, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution gives states unfettered right to control the distribution of alcohol, which would independently cover prohibiting firearms in bars.
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It was not "firearms in the bar" that got him the mandatory sentence, but a handgun in the city, which is precisely what U.S. vs. Heller cleared up.
Accordingly, your last question about prosecuting judges and politicians, which is laughable in its own right, does not apply to this circumstance, as the applicable laws of New York remain valid.
Posted by: stoplying | September 22, 2009 3:05 PM
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Judges and prosecutors were on trial at Nuremberg back in 1946. Now, we don't have judges and prosecutors in NYC with that kind of blood on their hands, but it is the same disregard for law that they operate by.
Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 3:19 PM
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Sorry, but the crimes against humanity of Nazism don't compare with legitimate laws to control concealed weapons. Maybe in your right-wing world we'd prosecute those that participate in the democratic process, but it isn't going to happen here.

By the way, the law against a concealed weapon in a bar, which is where the incident occurred, would be protected by the 21st Amendment, regardless of the Second Amendment issues. Additionally, the Supreme Court left the door open for gun regulations, which you ignore. Concealed weapons laws would fit nicely through that door.

Posted by: stoplying | September 22, 2009 3:31 PM

The fact that Stallworth didn't get jail time indicates that race may not have been a factor in the outcome. It DOES prove he had a good attorney and a deal was made SOMEWHERE. (He DID kill somebody).

That being said I feel for Plax and I think he's blessed in that he DIDN'T kill himself or anyone else, and he'll probably be able to play again relatively soon. And beyond merely football - which is so brief - this may be THE postive turning point of his life. YES - its going to affect his football career. But maybe its going to turn his life around OUTSIDE of the often short-sighted world of professional sports and have real impact of his spirit and soul.

God Bless him and his family, and God Bless all of us. Did anyone see Tiger Woods congratulate Manning coming off the field last night? That was a nice sight of 2 men - above the consciousness of their skin color - celebrate a moment in time.

Posted by: HornetCoach | September 22, 2009 3:25 PM

from RayofHope -"A lot of African American athletes do not realize that it is a privilege to be an athlete and not a right."

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If you took the word African-American out of your quote, you'd have something, although that would probably be more by luck than by reason. Instead, you have the brain-dead racist comment of the day - congratulations crock of hope.

Being a racist disqualifies you from membership in legitimate society, in that most professional organizations, companies and for that matter human beings will not waste their time with racists.

The only redeemable quality you have shown is that you are honest. That is better than the many right-wing racists that hide behind trumped up political issues.

Posted by: stoplying | September 22, 2009 3:24 PM

Burris' violation was in essence a technical one. The Sullivan law - written to disarm immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe while protecting the ability of Sullivan's Irish political allies to be armed - works under the premise that the existence of a firearm (or the possibility of the existence of a firearm) is a crime. Ask Sean Bell, who got shot dead after leaving a strip bar because somebody said 'Get my gun" and the NYPD sent plain clothes cops to arrest him.

As soon as Heller is incorporated to include the states, NYC's law will be toast. The system allows about 2900 permits that are the equivalant of the CCW I have (and Burris had until April 2008). Florida has issued over 600,000 of them. People who know the Mayor, or are wealthy, or famous, or connected (reportedly Senator Chuck Schumer has one) get one, but a normal smuck can not get one.

Burris was stupid - carrying a Glock without a having it in a holster (how the safety works is the issue here), but it was legal in New York City to have it in the place that sold booze.

Posted by: GHF_LRLTD | September 22, 2009 3:19 PM

The Supreme Court also acknowledged that some regulations of guns were appropriate. Accordingly, they did not create an absolute right. Furthermore, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution gives states unfettered right to control the distribution of alcohol, which would independently cover prohibiting firearms in bars.
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It was not "firearms in the bar" that got him the mandatory sentence, but a handgun in the city, which is precisely what U.S. vs. Heller cleared up.

Accordingly, your last question about prosecuting judges and politicians, which is laughable in its own right, does not apply to this circumstance, as the applicable laws of New York remain valid.
Posted by: stoplying | September 22, 2009 3:05 PM
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Judges and prosecutors were on trial at Nuremberg back in 1946. Now, we don't have judges and prosecutors in NYC with that kind of blood on their hands, but it is the same disregard for law that they operate by.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 3:19 PM

New York has one of the lowest crime levels in the country..always has,particularly in the 70s....gun control works!!!
Posted by: kiler616 | September 22, 2009 1:15 PM
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So, how do you explain DC?

Posted by: forgetthis | September 22, 2009 3:15 PM

Wow!! Two years and he shot himself. I think this punishment is abusive (of judicial power) and NOT befitting the crime. Two months and 2-4 years probation with some civic duties and a large fine would seem more appropriate. No bystanders were hurt, he was. Someone made the comment that if someone had been killed no one would be crying fowl. That is a correct assumption. But see if that were true, he would obviously deserve an even harsher sentence because someone would have been killed. Prison sentencing is based on the crime committed, not just the letter of the law. Judges hold discretion in sentencing. Not everyone is going to be thrown in the slammer for the same crime. In our society circumstances also merit degree of punishment. Besides why would I want to "pay" taxes for this guy being in prison for two years when you got a guy who committed a more heinous act against society walking? Talk about reforming healthcare, the prison system is bankrupt as well as corrupt. We shouldn’t lock everyone up for stupid stuff that doesn’t damage or hurt anyone. This too cost money and is a waste of time.

Posted by: hyphen_va | September 22, 2009 3:09 PM

Wrong! This quote is the new white boy phrase for "it's our private club". The NFL and NBA are not private clubs. First of all a "Privilege" by definition is a form of "right". Get the facts straight. Don't fall for that stupid right wing line of privilege. from KentonSmith

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Thanks for your comment Kenton. I am not disputing the fact that pro athletes are not talented, to the contrary they are. However, I am sure that there are thousands of equally talented people in our country who do not have opportunities to show case their talents. The fact that he gets paid for his talents is to his benefit.

Plaxico was at the prime of his career, I am sure people would kill to be where he was at that point in his career. Life throws us all a curve ball and what we do with it is left to us. I don't care if you are a Janitor or athlete. I am not rich by any standards but I have learned to be grateful and content. I am also married and the one place you will never find me is in a club. Money can buy a lot of things, but happiness is one thing it cannot buy. Plaxico will realize that in a few years.

Posted by: Rayofhope11 | September 22, 2009 3:08 PM

All people who think that the key to Burress' cell should be thrown away are not white, nor are they all male.


For anyone to think that M. Vick was fairly treated they must be one of those PEta sickos who think animals have more rights that people. But Vick has paid his debt to society and the great doggie deities so leave him alone and let's see some ball next week when the Eagles give him another chance.

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 3:06 PM

But it kind of goes both ways, does it not? What if it is the courts who ignore the law? Example, say "U.S. vs Heller" establishes an "individual right to keep and bear arms", then big cities like Chicago and NYC flaunt this?
Does there come a time when we prosecute judges and politicians for defying the law?
Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 2:51 PM
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The Supreme Court also acknowledged that some regulations of guns were appropriate. Accordingly, they did not create an absolute right. Furthermore, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution gives states unfettered right to control the distribution of alcohol, which would independently cover prohibiting firearms in bars.

Accordingly, your last question about prosecuting judges and politicians, which is laughable in its own right, does not apply to this circumstance, as the applicable laws of New York remain valid.

Posted by: stoplying | September 22, 2009 3:05 PM

I see the angry white men are back in full effect!

Posted by: troy4 | September 22, 2009 3:05 PM

Definition of the word Privilege:

Privilege - A special advantage, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste.

Therefore idiots a privilege is a right.

I repeat...the NFL and NBA aren't private white country clubs. Okay!!!

I'm just trying to educated you closet racist!!!

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 3:03 PM

Seems a pretty heavy price to pay for being stupid. No way he should get more time than Michael Vick -- who should have rotted in prison, imo.

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Maybe you should try loving people more than you love dogs. Maybe if folks loved people more they would steal from us on Wall Street and destroy our country's economy. Who cares about dogs over people? Vick paid his price. Dogs aren't people. I hear they are making a new Wall Street Movie. Remember this line from the movie:

"W.A.S.P. they love their damn pets more than people".

Now, tell me who the real sickos are?

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 2:58 PM

I`m sure it has all been said..but he is one stupid guy to take a loaded gun to a club..concealed with no license...in NY no less.with their strict gun laws. Anyone who knows guns understands you leave the chamber empty..or with a revolver..the hammer on an empty cylinder.
For the stupidity Plaxo has shown..he is lucky he is getting only 2 years. Hope he serves every day!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | September 22, 2009 2:57 PM

I don't believe the punishment fits the crime here. He shot himself for crying out loud! He never threatened any other human life. This is way too stiff of a punishment.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 22, 2009 2:56 PM

Very good Rayofhope11

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 2:54 PM

from RayofHope -"A lot of African American athletes do not realize that it is a privilege to be an athlete and not a right."

Wrong! This quote is the new white boy phrase for "it's our private club". The NFL and NBA are not private clubs. First of all a "Privilege" by definition is a form of "right". Get the facts straight. Don't fall for that stupid right wing line of privilege.

The term "privilege not a right" comes from Country Clubs. It was posted during assaults on their private membership rules that bordered racist to some.

A "priviliege" is a "right" look up the definition.

So many people fall for that stupid old school bogus piece of crap excuse for being a right wing bigot!!! The NFL is not a private club. One get there from being talented. Athletes are entertainers with rare special talents and skills. You can't "earn" you way there by being anything outside of talented.

Stupidity doesn't have to get you jail time either. Nobody is saying shooting yourself isn't stupid. Barney Fife did it all the time in Mayberry. :)

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 2:53 PM

I respect those of you advocating Constitutional rights and all. However, Burress had to have known the law and the consequences for breaking it. He chose to ignore. Who here would do the same thing - carry a concealed weapon into a public area?
Posted by: BigBubba1 | September 22, 2009 2:14 PM
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But it kind of goes both ways, does it not? What if it is the courts who ignore the law? Example, say "U.S. vs Heller" establishes an "individual right to keep and bear arms", then big cities like Chicago and NYC flaunt this?

Does there come a time when we prosecute judges and politicians for defying the law?

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 2:51 PM

So he shot himself in the foot big time. Why did he carry that gun. He has 2 years now to answer that $64 question.

Posted by: ridagana | September 22, 2009 2:48 PM

"Keep Burress locked up throw away the key."

sign "Angry White Male's Club"

:) hahahahaha!!

That's the stuff I'm talking about folks. There are hundreds of people like the above idiot. There is a market for Black Athlete Hate.

Why do athletes screw up?
I think they always did a little stuff here and there but, in the old days we protected them. Sonny Jurgenson use to stay drunk and the friggin cops drove him darn near home. Today..they booke the brothers and get an interview on t.v.. In fact...the only time a cop gets interviewed on t.v. is when he arrest an athlete. It could be a killer and nobody cares. If it's a Redskin etc,etc, Officer Joe gets his 15 minutes of fame. These are facts. That means society is rewarding or encouraging this practice. It's no different than "racial profiling" as far as I'm concerned. It's a bit different in how it's carry out but you get the same results.

btw, idiots. Stallworth's victim jumped in front of his car and therefore no matter how drunk, the state would have been hard pressed to get a conviction. 30 days was the right sentence. Stallworth didn't kill Reyes...Reyes killed himself by jumping in front of a car. Those are the facts. If you think they could have put another millionaire jock in jail don't you think they would have done so? Of course they would have. Most people in the public are so uninformed and ignorant.

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 2:45 PM

As an African American man living in NYC, I do not believe this has anything to do with race. Plaxico got what he deserved for being "STUPID". The difference between Plaxico and Payton Manning is, you will not find Payton Manning at a club at that time of day.

A lot of African American athletes do not realize that it is a privilege to be an athlete and not a right. That privilege comes with responsibilities for your actions and the influence they have on kids. Each individual is responsible for their actions. This is a lesson to all athletes or celebrities or billionaires out there that just because you make a lot of money does not mean you are above the law.

There are other professional athletes in the country obeying the law. The gun in his pant's could easily have killed several people and might have caused a stampede. He will be more somber in two years, I guarantee you that.

Posted by: Rayofhope11 | September 22, 2009 2:43 PM

Remember Ray Lewis?

Posted by: diheedral | September 22, 2009 2:43 PM

Seems a pretty heavy price to pay for being stupid. No way he should get more time than Michael Vick -- who should have rotted in prison, imo.

Posted by: aev1 | September 22, 2009 2:40 PM

shoot yourself----two years
kill someone----30 days
getting a legitimate case tried in court---5 to 10 years

for everything else...there's taxes.

Posted by: EliPeyton | September 22, 2009 2:40 PM

"shoevit" said he "never figured out" what Burress did wrong. What??!!?? He discharged a handgun in a crowded restaurant! Are you kidding me? "Jhpurdy" is correct- what if that bullet had hit someone else? Burress basically was sentenced for being just too stupid to live in society.

Posted by: chipgower | September 22, 2009 2:35 PM

@kentonsmith
You are a complete and utter moron. Bringing the race card into this? You kidding me? Get a freaking clue.
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Anybody who uses the word "race card" is usually a racist anyway. So have a nice day. Only an idiot doesn't know the harassment and depiction of Black Athletes as thugs, gangsters, etc,etc, is totally racist. The creation of this website is racist. But, there is a market for it. Angry White males want to vent in this way and thus we have this HATE and lack of sympathy towards jocks. It would not be the case if it were White athletes. You are in denial if you don't know that. This site is about the NBA and NFL. Two sports now dominated by Black athletes. People who get a rise off of seeing these guys go down like this have issues. We all know it. It's the sports talk radio crowd with their six packs and past memories of Butkus and Jerry West. :) Seriously, there is a market for "Hating Hip Hop Jocks" and I THINK is racial.

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 2:35 PM

Exactly ELIPEYTON. I don't understand how Stallworth got something ridiculously lenient like 30 days in jail and 6 years probation for CAUSING A DEATH. Must have had one heck of a lawyer. In comparison to Stallworth, Plaxico got dealt a raw deal.

Posted by: manzo | September 22, 2009 2:34 PM

kentonsmith. I'm not trying to "got" anybody. I think the Burress sentence was harsh. I don't even know if the judge had leeway in his sentencing.

But, as I said, I'm sure he was well aware of the law and its consequences. He didn't think he'd get caught and through his own stupidity got caught. That 2 year sentence is pretty standard in big cities. He's got no one to blame but himself.

He broke the letter and the spirit of the law. However, I'd imagine most times people get charged with carrying a concealed weapon they also have other charges thrown at them. In other words, usually they are arrested for something else and the police just happen to find a gun on them.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | September 22, 2009 2:33 PM

Our society has moved sports from a form of exercise and personal skill to profit making enterprises. It encourages individuals to excel in physical dominance tantalizing some primeval gene of incivility. We have not evolved from the days of Roman gladiators; we encourage our deviants to become animals for the sake of profits.

Posted by: 1234xyz | September 22, 2009 2:25 PM

Get real Bloomberg has been good for NY. He bought them fair and square. He is a rare politician that doesn't owe anyone anything. He didn't owe anyone but the people of NY when he announce that the laws of the city would be enforced no matter who the idiot was that shot himself in the nightclub. Keep Burress locked up throw away the key.

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 2:23 PM

This is a bit excessive. Stallworth killed a man and got much less time. Probation would have been appropriate.

Which brings me to the same point I bring up every time. Why do these guys do this stuff? These guys are millionaires. Hire a body guard with a pistol permit if you think you need protection. Hire a car when you go out boozing. You have a very small window in which to make money most people will never see in a lifetime. All you need to do is stay healthy and stay out of handcuffs. The first one might be out of your control, but the second sure isn't.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | September 22, 2009 2:23 PM

quote and opinion of many -"I respect those of you advocating Constitutional rights and all. However, Burress had to have known the law and the consequences for breaking it. He chose to ignore. Who here would do the same thing - carry a concealed weapon into a public area?"

Okay...you got us!! Happy! You sir have..."A technicality". You get your prisoner. I hope you happy. Since this is a sports site let met give you some perspective.

George Brett's pine tar bat incident. They overturned the stupid "technicality" because is wasn't quote "Within the spirit of the rule". That's sort of like what happened here. Does this truly represent the "spirit" of the NYC Law? The clear answer is not. Therefore this law needs to be change before Plaxico's term runs out and then released. This is pathetic justice. Typical of the stuff that happens to Black men.

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 2:22 PM

@kentonsmith
You are a complete and utter moron. Bringing the race card into this? You kidding me? Get a freaking clue.

Posted by: sschultz0956 | September 22, 2009 2:21 PM

first of all, just to get the 'race issue out of the way – i'm white, at least on the outside. yes, i have been called a 'race traitor.'

plaxico is one great football player who made a very stupid gangsta play. but what if peyton manning made a mistake like that? would he go to prison? i'm reminded of when muhammad ali had his great mid-career years trashed because he refused to go to vietnam to murder orientals who, as he said, "never called me a n....r."

living in NYC, i can say for sure that no rich white man would go to jail for that or much of anything else. 4 of ghouliani's uber-thugs put 41 bullets into unarmed amadou diallo for the crime of walking out of his building. one told him 'hands up" while another ordered him to show his ID. when he went for his ID, they opened fire as it was open season. the woman upstairs heard them laughing after the first rounds and ask, "what's holding him up." they were all acquitted. in the past 20 years, some 1200 others here have died under suspicious police or detention circumstances, virtually all non-whites and a handful of convictions. and when did you ever hear of a rich white being shot 41 times for nothing? imagine the uproar...

a cop in brooklyn in 2006 shot himself in the leg trying to get his gun out of its holster, then ashamed, tried to blame it on a marijuana suspect who he claimed fled, leading to a major manhunt. was this cop charged? in that same year, NYPD estimated there were over 400 cops involved in the likes of aryan nation. feeling safe now?

on a larger scale... less than a thousand top wall-streeters schemed to benefit from crashing the global economy; rightly assuming they could then leverage this into trillions in bailouts and guarantees. with all the unemployed and their dependents that this has caused, 100 million americans who never benefited from the scheme are now suffering from their rewarded crimes. the UN says 7 million of the world's poorest are dying from it, a holocaust. how many of these mass-murderers will be charged or do a day in prison. nope, they go home to mansions in their aston-martins...

Posted by: tazdelaney | September 22, 2009 2:20 PM

Just one point............The ONLY people that should ever have to be put behind bars are those that are a threat to other humans.

Burress should only have a GPS device attached to his ankle and be required to perform some sort of community service everyday for two years.

Jail is completely unappropriate......sad

Posted by: allenridge | September 22, 2009 2:16 PM

I respect those of you advocating Constitutional rights and all. However, Burress had to have known the law and the consequences for breaking it. He chose to ignore. Who here would do the same thing - carry a concealed weapon into a public area?

Posted by: BigBubba1 | September 22, 2009 2:14 PM

... and yet the "Pacman" is still walking the streets while Tom Urbanski is riding a chair.

Posted by: whocares666 | September 22, 2009 2:12 PM

Too painful to watch. I wish the citizens of New York would make Bloomberg pay. I know it sounds silly but I wouldn't vote for Bloomberg simply because of what happen here and how he handled it. How can he look at himself in the mirror in the morning?

I also blame the hate of black athletes for this sentence. It's the money and the race. The jealousy and envy. Oh well....everybody is happy now. It's like OJ being put in jail for a decade for stealing BACK his mothers sentimental items. What a disgrace!! The pandering to White emotional needs can be brutal to Blacks. This is just the way it's played out in the 21st century. Some things never change and some folks will STILL be unable to see themselves. What a sad sad sentencing and misuse of lawmaking. This law needs to be revised by the council. If they still have one in New York. I mean with dictator..I want to run for another term, Bloomberg buying his way into office.
This would never happen to a White athlete no matter what the circumstances. No way would they be in jail. No way possible.

Posted by: kentonsmith | September 22, 2009 2:06 PM

Incarceration practices need to be re-thought.

Often people are put in cages for no other reason than that's what was done in the past for punishment without thinking about the fact that many states spend more putting a guy in prison for a year than if we had put him in the Ivy League.

Posted by: inono | September 22, 2009 2:06 PM

Learn your facts before you jump backs

Posted by: Alexg256 | September 22, 2009 2:01 PM

You know NYC put a 74 year old jeweller in prison for carrying a revolver as he transported his wares from his shop home at night. A mandatory 3 1/2 year sentence for a 74 year old man is like a life sentence.

What purpose was served? Was he meant to be defenseless and an easy mark while transporting jewelry home with him after work?

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 1:59 PM

Ok so who is going out to shout FIre in the crowded theater and claim Freedom of Speech? You can't have loaded guns in public places in the hands of an idiot! Throw away the key, grant the Giants damages for loss of property!

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 1:58 PM

Attention Fantasy League owners: Burress is a great pickup this week because his teams is playing Cellblock C, which has a lousy pass defense.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | September 22, 2009 1:57 PM

Justice in America......whadda joke.....wonder what Peyton Manning would have gotten....

Posted by: seakeys | September 22, 2009 1:56 PM

But then, I though the prosecution and incarceration of Martha Stewart was also a big mistake.

Its not like put her behind bars forestalled the illegal practices and the loss of billions of dollars of peoples' retirement investment accounts on Wall Street.

Exhibit A: 2008

Posted by: inono | September 22, 2009 1:55 PM

On a serious note Plaxico...don't drop the soap cutie.

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | September 22, 2009 1:54 PM

That's great news. So we know now that a citizen accidentally shot by someone exercising their constitutional rights can rest assured that the gun owner will be held responsible. I can sleep at night now, while the person accidentally shot may get the big sleep. That is along the lines of the same lame idea put forth by the NRA that better law enforcement is what is called for in gun cases. So wherein so many of these cases a person acquires a great number of weapons, kills many and then kills himself, I guess the the NRA wants to put the dead body in jail. In other words how can the best law enforcement possible have prevented any of the postal type situations?

Posted by: chopin224 | September 22, 2009 1:51 PM

Seems a little harsh until you stop and think what an idiot he was putting a loaded gun in his waistband without the safety on. Had he shot someone else by mistake which very easily could have happened nobody would be crying over this.

Posted by: YesDear | September 22, 2009 1:47 PM

I blame the NFL, NBA for not helping these kids avoid trouble.

Regardless, two years for shooting oneself seems OVER THE TOP and so punitive...in what kind of police state do we live???????? SAD

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | September 22, 2009 12:59 PM
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Just a second BarbrainPalmSprings......Prior to the start of every NFL season, the league holds what is known as the rookie symposium. This is a mandatory gathering for all the rookies and 1st year players where they are lectured about handling their finances, continuing their education, sex education, warnings of drug abuse and what behavior is expected of them in the NFL. The NFL has done this since the 1997 season. THEY HAVE BEEN WARNED. But a few idiots like Plaxico, Vick & Stallworth chose not to listen.

Posted by: bwroll | September 22, 2009 1:44 PM

1st of all real Texan, I did not misquote you as I did not quote anyone. But your statement makes no sense. If you are saying that he had the right to have a firearm in a nightclub,
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Not saying that. Not saying he has a right to have a gun in a night club, but he does have a right to have a gun in the city.

then that means even acknowledging the fact that he was shot and as another here said, in a similar case an innocent person was shot, then being able to carry a gun means no consequences for accidents of this type. That is what you are calling for.
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No, not at all. I think if you carry a gun, you become responsible for what comes out of the barrel and what/who it hits.

You imply he should not go to jail for any part of what happened.
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No, not at all. I am saying it is wrong for NYC to say that having a handgun in the city is a crime punishable as a felony with a 3 1/2 year mandatory sentence. That is anti-gun, not anti-crime. (And is un-Constitutional.)

Inherent in carrying a gun is the absolute certainty that such events as accidental shootings in public will and have taken place, which is why such use is prohibited.
Posted by: chopin224 | September 22, 2009 1:37 PM
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Inherent in carrying a gun is that you become responsible for that gun and what comes out the barrel. With proper safety techniques and judgement, carrying a gun is just fine; no more threatening to society than the butcher knife in our kitchen drawer or the wood axe in your garage.

The whole scandal in this event is really NYC's anti-gun stance. Sure, the sports guy can get fined/time for carrying "in a bar", or "discharging a firearm within the city limits." But to say, "hey, you own a gun, go do 3 1/2 years in prison" is going a bit too far.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 1:43 PM

Only a black man would get 2 years for carrying a gun. Especially if he is a football player.

Posted by: MUPPET | September 22, 2009 1:41 PM

1st of all real Texan, I did not misquote you as I did not quote anyone. But your statement makes no sense. If you are saying that he had the right to have a firearm in a nightclub, then that means even acknowledging the fact that he was shot and as another here said, in a similar case an innocent person was shot, then being able to carry a gun means no consequences for accidents of this type. That is what you are calling for. You imply he should not go to jail for any part of what happened. Inherent in carrying a gun is the absolute certainty that such events as accidental shootings in public will and have taken place, which is why such use is prohibited.

Posted by: chopin224 | September 22, 2009 1:37 PM

The sentence does seem a little steep. I suspect Obama will have DOJ intervene.

Posted by: fury60 | September 22, 2009 1:30 PM

This is a discussion on one dumb bunny and gun control. The abortion issue has no place here. Burress didn't shoot himself saying I must save a baby he was just dumb. Law needs to get away from what a woman chooses to do to her body. It is not a group decision but a personal choice.

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 1:29 PM

A similarly situated millionaire white guy would not have been prosecuted, much less, sentenced.

Nor, does the punishment fit the crime.

He should have been fined, not incarcerated.

This man does not need to be in taxpayer financed a cage.

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.

Posted by: inono | September 22, 2009 1:23 PM

about laughing at the cosntitution...i do..it was written by rich landowners and amended by even richer people to continue a system that would only make them richer...the founding fathers were a bunch of pedantic rich weirdos.
Posted by: kiler616 | September 22, 2009 1:18 PM
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Even still, they stand taller and sound truer than any politicians (especially New England ones) today.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 1:23 PM

New York has one of the lowest crime levels in the country..always has,particularly in the 70s....gun control works!!!
Posted by: kiler616 | September 22, 2009 1:15 PM
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Tyranny has always worked in reducing crime, but unfortunately replaces the problem of crime with the problem of harsh rule. Singapore is an even better example: zero gun crime. But the will hang you over a marajuana cigarette.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 1:21 PM

If this had happened in Phoenix, he would have been high-fived and asked if he needed any more bullets, regardless of whether he shot himslef or an innocent bystander. But Phoenix is not NYC, he's worked there for years and knows the law, and he probably knows why the law is the way it is in NYC.

Does anyone remember NYC in the 80's and 90's. Does "dangerous as he**" ring a bell? Does the crime, drug, and murder rate back then that scared tourists away ring a bell? Does anyone remember what Times Square looked like in the 80s and 90's?

Feel no pity for Buress. He thought he was above the law. And if you want to be a tough guy and carry a gun with practical zero consequence, play in a red state instead.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | September 22, 2009 1:20 PM

about laughing at the cosntitution...i do..it was written by rich landowners and amended by even richer people to continue a system that would only make them richer...the founding fathers were a bunch of pedantic rich weirdos.

Posted by: kiler616 | September 22, 2009 1:18 PM

New York has one of the lowest crime levels in the country..always has,particularly in the 70s....gun control works!!!

Posted by: kiler616 | September 22, 2009 1:15 PM

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."

That's your answer to "highest murder rate of any industralized nation"?Posted by: JefComment | September 22, 2009 1:02 PM
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Thomas Jefferson's words; he said it. And as far as "highest murder rate of any industrialized natoin", abortion far outstrips gun deaths in that regard. The U.S. slaughters 1,000,000 innocents per year. In fact, if you count abortion, industrialized nations have a higher infant mortality rates than 3rd world countries. Simply by being born, you have dodged the "20% chance bullet" of being aborted, and that's right out the gate!


Hilarious, dude. You are wicked entertaining.
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Hey, if you find my quote of Thomas Jefferson "hilarious" and "wicked entertaining", then go read the Constitution. The Bill of Right section ought to have you ROFLMAO.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 1:14 PM

The guy that strangled Dominique Dunne only got 4 years and didn't even serve that! Why not 2 years probation?

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 22, 2009 1:13 PM

I know a dummy that did the same thing as Plax, drinking alcohol and innocently fiddling in his pocket with a pistol, but instead the bullet hit someone else. If you'd been near him when the gun went off, you may feel differently about this. If you're going to carry a gun and walk in the midst of 75+ people while drinking alcohol, you darned well better be ready to pay the consequences when things don't go right. I own serveral guns, but it's always the people like this that make it hard for me to carry a weapon legally because of all the laws to protect us from idots like Plax. Go ahead and walk it off Plax, you'll be OK.
Posted by: crosbyaddress | September 22, 2009 12:36 PM

He should file a law suite against the City of NY for violating his 2nd amendment rights.

Posted by: askgees | September 22, 2009 1:03 PM

RealTx,

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."

That's your answer to "highest murder rate of any industralized nation"?

Hilarious, dude. You are wicked entertaining.

Posted by: JefComment | September 22, 2009 1:02 PM

2 years for shooting you're self. LOL

Posted by: askgees | September 22, 2009 12:59 PM

How excessive...felony STUPID, of course

As long as I can remember, it has been WIDELY known that there was a maximum one year sentence for carrying a concealed weapon in NYC (known as the "Sullivan" law). So, taking a gun into the City was incredibly stupid. All pro athletes need to attend a course as to how to protect themselves and what the laws are in the states/cities where they live or visit. I blame the NFL, NBA for not helping these kids avoid trouble.

Regardless, two years for shooting oneself seems OVER THE TOP and so punitive...in what kind of police state do we live???????? SAD

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | September 22, 2009 12:59 PM

To imprison this man serves no useful purpose, and undermines respect for the law. My thoughts are with Mr. Burress and his family.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | September 22, 2009 12:51 PM

Insult to injury. Way over the top sentence. Must have had a crappy lawyer.

Posted by: richs91 | September 22, 2009 12:50 PM

I am not a lover of guns. Having said that, and reading the comments here about how dumb this jock is, which I agree with, I do not agree that sending him to prison will reduce the stupidity of people like him who want to carry guns.

He should have been sentenced to two years home confinement. Why waste taxpayer dollars? California is releasing thousands of non-violent offenders, as is my state, Illinois. If felons are being released because of budget shortfalls, does it make sense to put this man in prison? No, it doesn't. After all, he shot himself.

Posted by: marine2211 | September 22, 2009 12:38 PM

Further proof that our professional sports teams only field the best...

Posted by: deerhenge | September 22, 2009 12:37 PM

I know a dummy that did the same thing as Plax, drinking alcohol and innocently fiddling in his pocket with a pistol, but instead the bullet hit someone else. If you'd been near him when the gun went off, you may feel differently about this. If you're going to carry a gun and walk in the midst of 75+ people while drinking alcohol, you darned well better be ready to pay the consequences when things don't go right. I own serveral guns, but it's always the people like this that make it hard for me to carry a weapon legally because of all the laws to protect us from idots like Plax. Go ahead and walk it off Plax, you'll be OK.

Posted by: crosbyaddress | September 22, 2009 12:36 PM

Basically, the founding fathers figure government would always get off track or mutate into something too large and powerful, and that "the People" would sometimes have to set it right. (American Civil War as an example?)

And armed society always has some sort of check against the power of a strong central government. Look at Iran, for example. The people there defy the election results, but are powerless to remove Adhminejad from office. I think this is the kind of scenario the founding fathers wanted to avoid.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 12:36 PM

I think if the Founding Fathers came back, they would be shocked to find that we have the highest murder rate of any industralized nation in the world using handguns. I just am not sure that this is what they had in mind. What do you think?
Posted by: Julescator | September 22, 2009 12:28 PM
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I will simply post a quote from Thomas Jefferson and allow you to evaluate this as an answer to your question:

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It is its natural manure."

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 12:32 PM

Speaking of the Founding Fathers. The 2nd amendment was solely based on the times in which they lived. They were making sure that they could protect themselves from the British who had come to America to fight them. They also had to fight off the Indians.

Well the British aren't coming unless they visit and I think we killed off most of the Indians. So now, we have moved up the chain to killing/shooting ourselves and/or our spouses, co-workers, police officers, friends, children, doctors, ministers, and anyone else we deem responsible for our problems. They funny thing is that the persons many of us bought the gun to kill -burglars - are rarely shot.

I think if the Founding Fathers came back, they would be shocked to find that we have the highest murder rate of any industralized nation in the world using handguns. I just am not sure that this is what they had in mind. What do you think?

Posted by: Julescator | September 22, 2009 12:28 PM

realtexan - We get it, you're a gun nut. I shall never understand the fascination with instruments of death. Yes it is your right to carry one, it's also a giant red flag to the rest of us. I hope you enjoy your freedoms, they cost a lot of innocent people's lives.

And 2 years for shooting himself? For carrying a weapon intended to be used for defense? While Stallworth gets FAR less for the killing of another human being?! Ridiculous. And the NFL's insistence on parenting it's employees is silly and disturbing.

And the position that Burress didn't have a permit because only the rich and powerful can get them is silly. Burress IS rich and powerful, it was simply laziness on his part to carry w/o a permit, or stupidity for not hiring bodyguards who could.

Posted by: FredEvil | September 22, 2009 12:26 PM

He was dumb for what he did but NYC gun laws make one a felon and Bloomberg is just using it for political capitol.

Posted by: FLvet | September 22, 2009 12:20 PM

In the same country, men can carry and display guns at a rally near where the President of the United States is speaking, but a man can't carry a gun and shoot himself without doing jail time.

Am I the only one who finds this a tad odd. BTW - I am one of those people who fails to see how carrying guns make you safer - just ask Plaxico!

Posted by: Julescator | September 22, 2009 12:18 PM

So some of you folks think that firing a gun in a crowded night club is protected by the Constitution? That's bizarre.
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What is bizarre is you misquoting me. The sports guy got time for "possessing" a gun, which Constitutionally-speaking is legal and exactly how we were able to found this nation in the first place.

RealTexan says that New York is a police state
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It is, and the feds ought to move in and shut down the NYC gun court and file charges for "Color of Law" violations against Mayor Bloomberg.

while Texas executes more people per capita than any other state.
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Texas has the worst of the illegal immigration problem, so take that into account. Still, I agree somewhat that the death penalty is overused at times. Yet almost every time I read about an individual case, it involved some brutal, senseless, ruthless murder.

I'll take New York police state over Texas' saddle-bum state.
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I would live in New York, but for its gun control laws. I like their food, can live with their taxes, but cannot live with their gun control. I see the NYC Gun Court as a travesty of justice and hope that someday it will be closed down and reopened as a museum, much like Holocaust museums. People can be given guided tours, "and in this room, the judge blatantly denied rights and unjustly sentenced good people to long terms in prison...", etc...

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 12:16 PM

True, DC v. Heller held that it is an individual right to keep a firearm. But it did not decide whether the States are bound by the 2nd Amendment, only that the DC and other federal jurisdictions are.
I suspect that the Supreme Court will decide that issue soon, but until then, NY's laws are perfectly legal.

Posted by: ayeayesur | September 22, 2009 12:00 PM
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Even if this is so (not my interpretation, because of 14th Amendment and "inclusion" concept), I don't see this guy being punished for a crime as much as for a freedom that NYC in not comfortable with people having.

This is kind of like you getting thrown into a Mexican prison for 5 years because they found and expended shell cartridge casing in your car. No real harm done, but the message is the freedom will not be tolerated.

I think until this issue is resolved, some Habeas Corpus ought to be filed or the guy's sentence reduced to a reasonable amount of time (3 months?).

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 12:10 PM

So some of you folks think that firing a gun in a crowded night club is protected by the Constitution? That's bizarre. RealTexan says that New York is a police state while Texas executes more people per capita than any other state. I'll take New York police state over Texas' saddle-bum state.

Posted by: chopin224 | September 22, 2009 12:06 PM

True, DC v. Heller held that it is an individual right to keep a firearm. But it did not decide whether the States are bound by the 2nd Amendment, only that the DC and other federal jurisdictions are.

I suspect that the Supreme Court will decide that issue soon, but until then, NY's laws are perfectly legal.

Posted by: ayeayesur | September 22, 2009 12:00 PM

Someone should post a crime/cost chart in the locker room such as:

Robbery of cellphone (M. Clarett) $60,000,000.00
Carrying gun in nightclub (P. Burress) $30,000,000.00
Conspiracy to dogfighting (M. Vick) $150,000,000.00

etc. etc.

Maybe that would help these guys wise up -- or maybe not.

Posted by: RichardinPasadena | September 22, 2009 11:58 AM

NYC has been thumbing its nose at the Constitution for a long time.....
Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:31 AM
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Blah blah blah. Suggest you run Texas the way you want and let us run NY the way we want.
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Actually, I could live with that. Strip out almost all federal gun control legislation and let the states legislate gun control as they wish.

And for self-restricted states such as New York, we could broadcast freedom radio or something over the airwaves to give your people hope that someday they might prevail over the police state that is the New York government.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:54 AM

NYC has been thumbing its nose at the Constitution for a long time.....

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:31 AM

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Blah blah blah. Suggest you run Texas the way you want and let us run NY the way we want.

Posted by: maggots | September 22, 2009 11:52 AM

Plaxico Burress should never have been convicted or sentenced.

New York State Sullivan gun laws are plainly un-Constitutional. Unfortunately, no one has had the courage or the resources to overturn this act.

Interestingly, research on the history of the act shows that it was sponsored by "Big Tim" Sullivan, a notoriously corrupt Tammany Hall politician, reputedly so that his criminal cohorts could go about their activities unimpeded by citizens defending themselves with concealed handguns. Not only that, but it was also intended to prevent Italian immigrant criminals, i.e. the mob, from effectively competing with Sullivan's group. (We can all see how effective that was, NOT!)

Enforcement of the gun law, and issuing of concealed weapon permits is blatantly racially and economically discriminatory. If you are white, rich, or powerful, you get to carry a concealed weapon; if you're black or hispanic, you don't get a permit and you go to jail.

Plaxico Burress has a NATIONAL right to carry a weapon for self-defense that New York State, and New York City do not have the right to abridge or deny. Had he been allowed to procure one through legal means, he also would have had the opportunity to learn how to carry one safely. As it is, shooting himself in the leg should be enough punishment. Self-inflicted lessons are the ones best learned.

Posted by: mhoust | September 22, 2009 11:51 AM

He should have shot his lawyer for that horrible outcome. Heck, I could have gotten him two years for no money at all. Anyway, the sentence is excessive. He shot himself by accident. Hasn't he suffered enough? It's ot like he is one of those jerks who is always in trouble with the law like Pacman Jones. This guy is pretty clean.

Posted by: PepperDr | September 22, 2009 11:49 AM

Were NYC simply applying a stiff sentence to a crime, there would be no argument from me. Spit in a sidewalk in one state and it's a fine, in another it's a misdemeanor.

The problem I have is that I percieve Bloomberg's and the NYC legislature's intentions as to eliminate a freedom by criminalizing the peaceful exercise of that freedom.

This sports guy getting time is one thing, but I have heard of airline passengers on their way to a hunting trip in another state, but whose flights make a stop in NYC, are being dragged off the plane, charged with NYC gun violations and given mandatory prison sentences.

Hunters travelling cross country to legally hunt are not criminals. But to NYC, any lawful and responsible gun owner is a criminal because NYC has intentionally classified them as such in order to chip away at the right to keep and bear arms.

Most NYC gun cases, therefore, are more political than criminal in nature.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:47 AM

Well it is good to see that people have opinions and are ready to voice them. One of the good things about this country is that you can live where you want but you need to be aware of the laws of the area you choose to live in. Don't go to NY if you can bring yourself to register your gun. Burress was allowed to plead to a lesser charge, let him serve his time. His IQ warrants the time to protect society from a gun toting dimwit.

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 11:42 AM

Argue the 2nd admendment another time. He broke the law.
Posted by: jckdoors | September 22, 2009 11:37 AM
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No one has to (or should have to) argue the 2nd Amendment since the Supreme Court ruled on it last summer. They ruled it is "an individual right". Therefore, as written and as reviewed (by the Supreme Court), the 2nd Amendment IS the law.

What Bloomberg and his infamous NYC "Gun Court" are doing is clearly illegal; basically, lesser law is being upheld in conflict and opposition to higher settled law.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:41 AM

Wow what a world we live in. You can lie about weapons of mass destructions, you can order the beating of terror suspects, but only in America can you get jailed over killing of an animal and shooting yourself in the foot. I agree they all committed criminal acts but the punishment does not add up.

Posted by: rms2nd | September 22, 2009 11:40 AM

I love it. This guy is an idiot and he deserves it. Register the gun or hire a body guard; you dont live in the ghetto any more. Adapt to your environment.
Posted by: mgallere | September 22, 2009 11:34 AM
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My understanding is the common citizen really cannot get a license or registration for a handgun in NYC; practically impossible. Possible on paper, but they put the hurdles so high that is just doesn't happen.

UNLESS... you are a powerful person such as the anti-gun Mayor Bloomberg, whom (to my understanding) has his own concealed carry license, handgun, and bodyguards.

This is truly an example of the "privileged" denying basic freedoms to the common folks.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:38 AM

Argue the 2nd admendment another time. He broke the law.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 22, 2009 11:37 AM

Rather than frolicking in a Manhattan nightclub He should have gone to Church in Arkansas and carry that weapon. Not too smart.

Posted by: ridagana | September 22, 2009 11:35 AM

I love it. This guy is an idiot and he deserves it. Register the gun or hire a body guard; you dont live in the ghetto any more. Adapt to your environment.

Posted by: mgallere | September 22, 2009 11:34 AM

NYC has been thumbing its nose at the Constitution for a long time. Their gun laws are geared more to punish the gun owner than the gun criminal. Own or possess a firearm without all the paperwork or in the wrong place and you get a mandatory prison sentence. Their message is clear: In NYC the 2nd Amendment does NOT exist.

Really, I think the President ought to pardon this guy and publicly admonish Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC judicial system for there blatant disregard for the 2nd Amendment and the recent Supreme Court ruling (U.S. vs Heller) that upholds it.

And the F.B.I. ought to look into this as "color of law" violations, just as they charged those L.A. cops in the L.A. Riots incident with "violating civil rights", they ought to charge Bloomberg and a few NYC judges with the same.

The Supreme Court ruled the 2nd Amendment as an "individual right", and NYC continues to blatantly ignore this and to unjustly charge and ruins lives over it.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:31 AM

I don't see how the gun laws in NY are unconstitutional. The reality of it is that if he wanted to carry a concealed weapon he could've applied for a permit although he still couldn't take it in an establishment were alcohol is being served.

Posted by: CHICO13 | September 22, 2009 11:31 AM

NY gun laws are a proper reflection of their time. They don't penalize for a properly licensed gun, they say if you are carrying in NY then the weapon needs to be accounted for. The Constitution is a living document that should be modified for today's society. We are not on farms in rural communities needing to have a way protect home and hearth. This dimbulb took a loaded gun into a busy nightclub, didn't have the knowledge to have the safety on it, shot himself, tried to get him friend to lie about it for him,(so he knew it was wrong), and still hasn't thought of how bad it could have gone if the bullet didn't hit him. Throw away the key.

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 11:30 AM

ummmm if he played for the cowboys and was caught in Texas carrying a gun.. How different would that of turned out??
Isnt that where you see rifles in the back window of pick up trucks??

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 22, 2009 11:28 AM

I am absolutely appalled by this sentence. Plaxico should have been fined and that's it. I don't want to compare his "crime" to anyone else's; I want to judge it based on common sense, which there appears to be none in regards to this sentence. I guess society is safer now...

Posted by: gsross | September 22, 2009 11:25 AM

All of the people here bringing up Leonard Little and Stallworth and Dominique Dunne's killer are looking at this situation backwards. Leonard Little shouldn't be in the league anymore, Stallworth shouldn't be in the league anymore and D. Dunne's killer should never see the light of day again. Burress is a self-important knucklehead who's getting just what he deserves. Because these other people didn't get what they deserved is no reason to boohoo over this unworthy, gun-toting clown. As for Michael Vick, it might have just been dogs to you, but there's a little thing called racketeering. That's how Vick conducted himself with his millions, operating a criminal enterprise. He should be out looking for a job like anyone who's saddled themselves with a major criminal record.

Posted by: curtb | September 22, 2009 11:24 AM

Did the NYC Gun Court not read US vs Heller? Have they not read the Constitution?

Seems to me that NYC is punishing the freedom, not the crime.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:22 AM

Did the NYC Gun Court not read US vs Heller? Have they not ready the Constitution?

Seems to me that NYC is punishing the freedom, not the crime.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | September 22, 2009 11:22 AM

I think pro sports is the new opiate of the masses and together with most new music is changing the culture for the worse . However , NY gun laws are unconstitutional . An injustice to one is an injustice to us all . 2 years of a mans life is a ridiculous and shameful travesty of justice .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | September 22, 2009 11:21 AM

Don't bring OJ into this. OJ was railroaded in Nevada because the jury thought they had the right to second guess the people of California. You must look at these instances seperately. OJ was tried by his peers in CA. but by a kangaroo court in Nevada. Vick was tried by those PETA idiots and fined to the hilt. Burress endangered other people, throw away the key!

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 11:13 AM

Burress - profoundly stupid, but the sentence is a little over the top - its not like he ran over someone while drunk (aka Stallworth) or ran an interstate criminal business predicated on torturing dogs (aka Vick).

Posted by: fjh3q | September 22, 2009 11:12 AM

well...look on the bright side, if Mike Vick can get back into the NFL after doing 2 years, there's still hope for my boy Buress...I won't retire the jersey just yet!

Posted by: GetDOE | September 22, 2009 11:11 AM

I agree 2 years is over the top. But, at the same time, it's common knowledge, especially among people who are paccking, that getting caught carrying a concealed weapon is going to result in a lengthy term.

And, no, I don't think he needed it protect himself. Just the opposite, he shouldn't have had it because he could hurt someone else, or himself.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | September 22, 2009 11:09 AM

Why give Burress a break? He endangered others in a crowded nightclub and shot himself damaging the Giants property. THe didn't give Vick a break and he was only dealing with some dogs. They have bled everycent out of him they could. The Giants ought to sue Burress for damages.

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 11:08 AM

Oh, yeah, just let him go! Of course!

Hey, why don't you Burress fans implore the Giants to trade Manning for Vick, you're such a forgiving lot? Manning has got to be too "mama's boy" for fans who make excuses a ghetto thug like Burress.

The bottom line is this: if there was a club that the man felt he needed to pack a weapon to attend, he needs to just stay the hell away from there. Period. He didn't, and that's his responsibility.

A dirtbag might be able to get out of jail because he has money, but a dirtbag will always be a dirtbag, right, OJ? So even if Burress got away with this one, it's only a matter of time before something even worse happens. As it stands, maybe he'll straighten the hell up and fly right.

Posted by: trippin | September 22, 2009 11:08 AM

The Giants did right, why should they further taint their organization and the NFL with an idiot who knew that NY says no to guns, particuklarly unregistered guns. Hope his sorry butt is the laughing stock of whatever country club facility they put him in. Heck kick him to Atica!!!!

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 11:03 AM

OMgosh give the dude a break! Thats prety steep I think!

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Posted by: clermontpc | September 22, 2009 11:02 AM

Burress plead out in order to get the two years. The fact is, he took an unregistered, loaded weapon into a crowded nightclub, in the city with the strictest gun laws in the country. He's just fortunate he shot himself. If the gun had gone off and shot another patron, he'd probably be looking at 10 years in Attica.

Posted by: jhpurdy | September 22, 2009 10:58 AM

Burress' problem was that he failed to claim his right as a professional athlete, or movie or recording star, to be exempt from the laws as they apply to the general population. He should be playing for the Giants, not a prison team.

Posted by: llrllr | September 22, 2009 10:58 AM

Seems like harsh punishment for a guy who shot himself and is in a profession that is regularly targeted by criminals - which could justify his need to arm himself. I think his high-powered lawyer should be hiding in shame after this one. The money for that legal representation would have been better spent on a security guard for his night on the town.

And POOP on the Giants organization for immediately abandoning him after the incident. Kinda sucks to see the real character of a business organization, huh?

Posted by: dipazzo | September 22, 2009 10:58 AM

Burress will surely feel like the dumbess smuck in the prison courtyard! Can you imagine the conversation? Hey, man what you in for? Wel,um,I, um shot my self in the leg in a bar in New York and their strict gun laws mandate that I haul my sorry A_- to jail. Hey man, that's messed up you in jail for shooting your own stupid self. How long were you living in NY that you couldn't understand that no guns is no guns?

Posted by: kew_kew | September 22, 2009 10:57 AM

This is dumb...no other words can describe it. This sentence has everything to do with Bloomburg's intervention. Paterson should just pardon him since he's out of office at the end of this term anyway...New York...New York!

Posted by: Beingsensible | September 22, 2009 10:57 AM

How much time did Chris Brown do for beating up Rhianna? Oh that's right -- he didn't do any time.

What Plax did was stunningly dumb, but at the end of the day he hurt himself. After seeing what some pro atheletes deal with in terms of stalkers, robbers and idiots - I can understand why some of them pack. Yes -- it was not registered, but it does not seem that the punishment is fitting the crime.

Posted by: HP11 | September 22, 2009 10:57 AM

I still haven't figured out what crime this super athlete committed that warranted anything more than probation. If this is the machination of some overzealous DA then I truly hope that what goes around someday comes around. This is a deplorable overreaction and miscarriage of anything resembling justice.

Posted by: dmloucas | September 22, 2009 10:57 AM

The guy that strangled Dominque Dunne to death in a fit of anger only served 2+ years of a 4 year sentence for forced manslaughter. Dominick Dunne must be rolling over in his grave.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 22, 2009 10:55 AM

Leonard Little killed someone in a DUI and got 90 days in jail, and then was caught again driving under the influence in 04 but was aquitted...

Posted by: Cartaldo | September 22, 2009 10:55 AM

The guy that strangled Dominque Dunne to death in a fit of anger only served 2+ years of a 4 year sentence for forced manslaughter. Dominick Dunne must be rolling over in his grave.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 22, 2009 10:54 AM

Specifics of this charge aside so continues the transformation of the NFL into the National Felons League.

Posted by: perfgeek | September 22, 2009 10:52 AM

Yes, I never have figured out what he did wrong. Seems that if his gun had been registered, there would be no case. So he's going to spend two years in jail because he didn't fill out some paperwork. Interesting country we live in.

Posted by: shoveit | September 22, 2009 10:48 AM

How many days did Stallworth get for killing a person in Miami, while driving drunk?

Posted by: EliPeyton | September 22, 2009 10:46 AM

2 years jail is a bit excessive for a guy who harmed no one but himself. Drunk drivers usually get less or no time is jail

Posted by: loux24 | September 22, 2009 10:43 AM

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