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Gene Wang

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So New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is a villain again after failing to show up for work on Monday. Apparently he's back to his old ways that got him benched for the first quarter of a game against San Diego in 2005 because he was late for a meeting.

That's what the Giants would have you believe in the wake of their two-week suspension of Burress. The Giants, who have a bye this weekend, and Coach Tom Coughlin cited insubordination as the reason Burress will miss next week's game against Seattle and lose close to $240,000 in pay.

Burress has not commmented publicly, but his agent Drew Rosenhaus has, saying it was simple miscommunication and that his client is remorseful.

That should have been the end of this silly situation. Accept the explanation from your best player who clearly put team first by playing most of last season with a sore ankle, and enter the bye week without distraction.

But no; the Giants felt compelled to complicate matters. Now Burress is challenging the suspension via the NFL Players Association, and Giants players and coaches will be answering countless questions on the suspension instead of resting their minds and getting ready for Seattle.

Coughlin said the Giants had no choice but to suspend Burress and added that it shows "everyone is accountable."

Please. Burress didn't get arrested. He didn't embarrass himself in public. He didn't ridicule a coach or teammate to the press. Burress's mistake was not returning messages because of a family matter, and that warrants a two-week suspension?

Burress hasn't even had a chance to tell his side, and the Giants already are condemning him. Let the man speak before passing judgment.

That's the least Coughlin should do for the player who caught the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl and helped save the coach's job.

By Gene Wang  |  September 24, 2008; 11:51 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Coughlin has defied odds. He might be one of the most-disliked coaches but he does win. His Super Bowl victory was miraculous in my opinion. And I disliked him. I did not want to see the Giants in the Super Bowl. I had other plans for that night. But what that team did under this guy was genius. No matter what happened in Plaxico's life, he must know someone on that team with whom he could have shared his emergency. If not, then chemistry is an enigma in the Giants locker room. At least for their top receiver and guy who caught the winning catch in the last minute Super Bowl victory. Coughlin is still winning. What if he is 5-0?

Posted by: thelandryhat | September 25, 2008 3:13 AM

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