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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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Guilty of Stupidity?


In his 2000 book, The Final Season, Bill Parcells explained the process of rookie orientation, part of which was explaining New York's gun laws. As he introduced the Jets' staff to the new draft choices, Parcells mentioned director of security Steve Yarnell:

"He's a former FBI agent. If you've got a problem that involves law enforcement, Steve's the man to go see. You can't be carrying guns around here, and he'll explain what the New York gun laws are."

The reason I bring this up is that I'm quite sure that the Steelers and Giants, the two teams Plaxico Burress has played for and two of the most well-run organizations in the NFL, have their own security guys on staff to explain things and answer questions regarding gun laws and other laws. When he went in front of the grand jury, Burress said that he thought he was okay because he had registered his gun in Florida, and that he had only hurt himself.


Burress apparently rejected pleas that might have had him out of jail already and only subject to the whims of a commissioner who sees the NFL disciplinary code as a fluid entity and is an admitted Giants fan. No, better to go to the grand jury in an attempt to gain "leverage" in another plea deal. However, the jurors levied the charge implying that he intended to use the gun to harm another person.


If athletes can't be counted on to take care of themselves - and Burress has displayed adequate proof that he would fall under this particular umbrella - who is responsible? The team? His attorney? Burress is part of a subset of supremely talented people whose defenses for living in the real world have atrophied (if they were ever developed) because they're told they're special. They're told that the rules don't apply to them. They're told that their names are currency, to be spent when needed as bail.

Problem is, the value of that currency seems to be falling victim to the same economic crisis affecting us all. Burress is now in a position where he will almost certainly do real and serious time. He may very well be in a position where he has to do a couple years and then apply for reinstatement like Michael Vick did. He's helped by the Vick precedent, of course, but the NFL is the least of Plaxico Burress' problems. Because of a stupid whim and an over-eager advisory team, he's now in danger of having his life ruined - never mind his career.

Should he play in the NFL again? Who knows? Right now, Burress must use every bit of his famed escapability to try and squirm out of a defensive formation he's never seen before.

By Doug Farrar  |  August 4, 2009; 9:52 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Plaxico Burress Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Posted by: mabumford | August 6, 2009 1:20 PM

What a couple of losers. Is this the best the NFL can do?

Either of these guys would be lucky to get a job picking up garbage off a football field let alone playing on it.

Vick tortured dogs over and over and over...

Not a momentary laps in judgment not a mistake.

He laughed with his buddies, bet and did it again and again. Hanging, drowning, electrocuting.

I wonder how many "free to good home" ads are answered in order to collect the "bait" animals to train fighting dogs?

Standard practice for training fighting dogs is to get a puppy or stray dog and tape their mouth shut. This is done so the fighting dogs (With no resistance) can attack and tear, getting a taste for blood with out getting injured. Mr. Vick had everything in the world going for him, still again and again he chose cruelty. Vick is not going to punch a time clock and work on an assembly line in some factory. He's a sports figure with adulation and endorsements. But in reality he is a piece of refuse that so happens to be a talented athlete. Is everything short of murder a guideline for reinstatement? No wonder our young people are confused. This nasty human will now make millions of dollars in front of a cheering crowd. The message? It's OK to participate in the brutal rampant practice of dog fighting.

Money is reward. A standing ovation to the reinstated thug.

Posted by: cawren | August 6, 2009 4:00 PM

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