They will come down on him hard, painting a picture of the outlaw player.
Plaxico Burress, they will say, is a bad man.
For what? Shooting himself in the leg?
Burress did that at New York club early Saturday morning, putting a bullet through his leg -- luckily severing no arteries.
While that's not the brightest thing to do, and he's guilty of being dumb, Burress, despite his reputation, isn't a bad guy. I've talked to him several times and he's always been engaging and agreeable and players around the league vouch for him.
He has something else to back up his being a good guy, something that sits well with me:
Therefore he can't be a bad guy.
Taylor, one of the all-time good guys in the league and pro's pro, once spent an entire season looking after Burress' house in Jacksonville. He lived in that city because of Taylor -- even though he had no tie to Jacksonville.
Taylor will still shake his head at some of the things Burress does, but they remain close. Burress has some "me" characteristics that can annoy teammates and coaches, but getting shot doesn’t make him a bad dude.
It makes him a dumb dude.