Monday, December 1, 2008

That's gotta hurt!

Sometimes, you do something to shoot yourself in the foot. Maybe it's saying something you shouldn't have to your boss or wife, or maybe you make a bet you know is going to lose.

Other times, you literally shoot yourself. Or at least if you're Plaxico Burress.

Burress turned himself in Monday morning after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a nightclub over the weekend. Burress's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, says if the NFL will let Burress play, he'll play, and that he still sees him being a superstar for the rest of his career.

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs spoke with the troubled receiver over the phone, and added, "I called him and made a few jokes about the situation and his laugh is what I wanted to hear. If he didn't laugh I knew he was going to be down, which he shouldn't be down. It's a mistake that happened, something that shouldn't have happened and that's that."

Except that's not that.

Burress was carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. After watching Commissioner Roger Goodell crack down in the past on guys like Michael Vick and Adam Jones, I have serious doubts that Plaxico will return as a superstar any time soon.

Because while the Giants try to make light of the situation, it's a far more serious legal issue both the organization and Burress are dealing with. Known for running his mouth and creating general turmoil within his teams in the past, it seems that Burress has really shot himself in the foot this time.

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