How Ignorance of the Law Can Be Costly: Plaxico Antonio Burress

Topics: National Football League, Pittsburgh, New York City Pages: 2 (506 words) Published: February 7, 2011

Plaxico Antonio Burress was born on August 12, 1977 in Norfolk, Virgina. Burress is an American football wide receiver who is currently

a free agent. He has played in the National Football League for the Pittsburg Steelers and the New York Giants. In Burress's college years, he

set a big ten conference single-season record by catching 65 passes in his first season at Michigan State. In his professional career, Plaxio

was drafted eighth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. Burress went on to play five years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, amassing 261 receptions for 4,

161 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only six fumbles over the span of 71 games. In 2005, Burress left the Pittsburgh Steelers and signed a six year,

25 million dollar contract with the New York Giants.

On Friday, November 28, 2008, Burress suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right thigh in the New York City

nightclub LQ. His glock pistol which was tucked in the waistband of his sweatpants began sliding down his leg; apparently in reaching for the

gun he inadvertently pressed the trigger, causing the gun to fire. The injury was not life threatening and he was released from New York

Presbyterian hospital the next afternoon. Burress turned himself in to police to face charges of criminal possession of a loaded handgun. He

only turned himself in after the NYPD found out about the incident after the media reported in on television. The NYPD was not called by New

York Presbyterian hospital as required by the law. Bloomberg also urged in a press conference that Burress should be prosecuted to the fullest

extent of the law. Which is a minimum of three and a half years for unlawful possesion of a handgun.

On August 3, 2009 Burress was indicted by the grand jury on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and a

single count of reckless endangerment in...
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