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Sarah Schorno
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Sarah Schorno

The editor of Playing the Field and a contributor to Deadspin and The Huffington Post

His Age May Cost Him More Than His Stupidity


In deciding Plaxico's ultimate fate with the League, the NFL may not even have a say. In this case, the justice system alone could guarantee that Plaxico will never see the professional field again. He'll be benched by his own stupidity.

Plaxico's indictment last week has automatically removed the player for this season and most likely next season as his trial is expected to start in the spring. For a player who turns 32 next week, any sentence handed to him by the court will extend his time away from the field, making him at least 35 before he can even consider making a return. That's assuming he somehow escapes the minimum three and a half year sentence the law mandates in his case.

While Plaxico's lawyer will likely argue for a shorter sentence based on the Stallworth sentencing (is stupidity worth more time than DUI Manslaughter?), it's beginning to look like he'll be doing some decent time. An aging receiver with years away from the field, emotional issues and an attitude problem is not an easy sell.

Unfortunately for Plaxico, his decision to bring a gun into a club holstered in a pair of sweatpants wasn't an isolated moment of ignorance and poor fashion choice. It was another episode in a history of bad judgments by a man who lacks the common sense to function in society without guidance. The question now becomes not how he will save his own football career, but how he will save his own life.

By Sarah Schorno  |  August 4, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , New York Giants , Plaxico Burress , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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