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Burress all but done

Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:06 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2009 2:24 pm
The football career of Plaxico Burress is over.

Burress pleaded guilty to weapons charges Thursday in a Manhattan courtroom and agreed to a two-year prison term. That means he'll miss the next two seasons, and even if he's out in 20 months for good behavior, it will mean the end of his career.

Burress is 31 and he's never been one who is totally focused on football. It would be a shock to me to see him play again in the NFL. The Giants sources thought he lost a little zest for the game after the Giants won the Super Bowl, even before the gun incident derailed his career.

Burress should focus on getting his life back in order. He's not a bad guy. Really. He just did some dumb things.

It is hard to fathom that he will serve two years for accidentally shooting himself, but Donte Stallworth got less than 30 days for DUI manslaughter.

But that's the way the system works sometimes, however strange it may seem.

Burress was on top of the world in February of 2008 after catching the game-winning touchdown for the Giants in their Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

Now he'll get to share his story with his buddies inside the walls. Sad. Dumb, but sad.
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Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2009 7:22 pm

Burress all but done

yeah entitled pro football player du jour accidentally shot himself let's hope for his sake he doesn't accidentally drop the soap

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2009 2:00 pm

Burress all but done

What people fail to understand when arguing their point is the law is the law.  You can't make up your own or decide which one is fair and which one isn't.  Many of you have stated that since the gun was legally purchased and was legal for another state that it's ok and that should've been taken into consideration. That is not correct though.  Try purchasing marijuana legally for medical purposes or anything else anywhere they allow you to then fly into Thailand and show it to the police and see what happens to you. They literally give the death penalty in some cases but 20 year sentences are very common over there.

You think my example was extreme do you? It wasn't, and I'll tell you why. The United States doesn't have laws that every state has to abide by. For the most part, they are all independant of each other and do as they please.  Try watching MSNBC one weekend night and catch a show i believe its called Lockup.  Actually, I watch it all the time. It's about life in maximum security prisons in the United States. You'll see examples where somebody gets 20 years for vehicular manslaughter in one state and having to serve 15 before they have a chance for parole, to life sentences with zero chance for parole, and you'll see examples where the guy gets a 5 year sentence and he's out in 2 or 3 years. You'll see robbery convictions for first time offenders with 90 year sentences and almost the same circumstances somewhere else somebody is out on parole in 5.

Do I agree with how inconsistent it is? No. But it is what it is, like it or lump it doesn't matter. Sure, it's crazy you can get away with something in 1 state but can't in another. And yes, I wish it was possible for all states to have similar laws and penalties, but that will never happen.

Plaxico had way too much money and had the ability to know about these laws. He can hire people to do anything... just as stallworth could afford a limo driver full time the rest of his life. But these guys constantly think they are gods gift to the world and do whatever they please day in and day out. Now it's time to pay the piper.  And yes, stallworth deserved MUCH more then he got. But that being said, he's done for the year and maybe his career is over. Vick had an advantage getting out of jail. One, whether people like it or not he's a qb and eventually somebody will use him as one. And 2, his god given ability far exceeds stallworths ability.  Receivers are a dime a dozen and stallworth probably will never get the same chance he had before.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2009 10:54 am

Burress all but done

That is the difference between florida and new york. Burress is lucky he got 2 years. It suppose to be a mandatory 3 for an unlicensed firearm

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 10:49 am

Burress all but done


Aside from the article, please, please, please change the title!!  And stop using the most mis-used, over-used phrase in sports writing.  "All But".  It means the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you are trying to say.  Interpreted properly, your title says Burress is everything but done.  Meaning he's not done at all!  How about substituting either "virtually", "more than likely" or "probably", rather than "all but"?  It is properly used in this sentence, "Tom Brady threw all but one of the Patriots' four touchdowns".  But when I say "I am all but done reading Pete Prisco's columns", I am using it WRONG.  Thanks for listening.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2009 9:26 am

Burress all but done

A mandatory sentence of 3.5 years of your life for not having the proper paperwork for your legally purchased, kept-in-good-faith firearm is obscene

Is that a nice way of saying "illegal" or the definition of "unregistered"?  Listen. I get your point and yes, it SEEMS to be a harsh sentence. But the law is the law. It was there for years before Burress did what he did and will remain there for years after.  He should have been smarter then that... instead he thinks because he has money that he's the man... when in reality he's not.

Speaking of money, it's time everybody stops feeling so sorry for the guy. Give me a break. Yeah, he spends 20 months in jail but then he's a 33 year old most likely RETIRED guy with millions of dollars in the bank and potentially a very long, exciting and prosperous life ahead of him. 

Money makes a big difference in prison.  People with money get things that people without money don't get. Additional protection, additional freedom, perks, etc  he'll be just fine.

Vick spend almost the exact same amount of time in jail that he's going to spend and came out nearly broke.... who would you rather be

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2009 2:47 am

Burress all but done

yes plax is dumb. sad that this happened to him no not at all.  no one told him to not register the gun, bring it to the club like a dumb criminal, and then shot himself in the leg.  Plax had some good days in football but this will overshadow anything he has or ever will do the rest of his life.  NY has some pretty strong gun laws and I'm glad to see that they didn't back down becuase he is a professional athlete.

I agree with Stallworth, but what about Leonard Little.  He got like 6 months for doing the same thing as Donte.  Both Donte and Little deserved to get further punishment but didn't becuase the jury or the families just wanted their money and not to see them fully prosecuted.

Prisco sometimes I wonder if you really can write an article that makes sense.  Please next time put in some content that will show some validity to your point, i.e. the NY laws regarding concealed weapons, discharging weapon, and an unregistered weapon which lead to the 2 year plea bargain.  If you look at other non-athletes that this happens to they will typically get the same sentence or even longer!

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 2:29 am

Burress all but done

Hey Buddy,
Don't judge all those "murderers and other criminals in New York", according to your post, you don't have the right!  There are probably a lot of New Yorkers who haven't killed anyone, committed a crime, or shot themselves in the leg while illegally carrying an unregistered firearm.  God Blessed THOSE people when Plax only ended up shooting himself.  While I'm sure Plax can grow and learn in prison, I don't want him teaching my kids about how valuable it was that he was able to mature while serving two years on a gun charge.  I'm hoping the guy has put his money up and that this won't be something that completely ruins his life.  Don't try and make a prison sentence into this inspirational journey, it's punitive.  Heads up, now Plaxico falls into that "criminal" category that you use so liberally to describe people in New York.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 9:51 pm

Burress all but done

Apparently less than 30 days for DUI is fairly common.  As to the homicide aspect of it is concerned, reportedly the prosecution wasn't sure it could prove that the accident itself was actually Stallworth's fault, alcohol or no alcohol, so that's why they agreed to the short time, which is not what would he would have gotten if they'd had a stronger case.  This just goes to show that we shouldn't make reckless attempts to compare different sentences for different crimes committed under different state laws with different facts. 

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 8:57 pm

Burress all but done

This is for all of the Burress sympathizers who believe that he was treated unjustly.  Under NYS Law, A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (CPW2) when: such person possesses any loaded firearm and that possession is not in your home or place of business.   Under the law CPW2 is a class C violent felony.  In New York State if you are indicted on a class C violent felony, there are plea restriction by operation of law.  Those restrictions restrict any offer to a D violent felony.  Class D Violent felonies have mandatory prison sentences of not less than 2 years.  Thus, once Burress was indicted on Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2d, any plea would require him to get at least 2 years (With a plea to the only allowed reduction)in prison with a possible maximum of 15 (If he pleaded to the Charge) regardless of his celebrity status (There is mandatory post release supervision as well kind of like parole).  Any thoughts that he would have been offered a better pre-indictment offer but for his fame, are also unfounded, because the NY County DA's office has long held a zero tolerance policy for Criminal Possession of a Weapon charges and was the leading DA's office in urging the NYS legislature to increase the penalties for CPW crimes.  If anything, Burress has gotten a deal that most others would not, that being allowed to plea to a reduced charge after indictment.  For most people the rule is plea to the top count on indicted gun charges.  So when you see Plax sentenced, shed no tears over the fallen star, he is getting what the law requires.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2009 8:44 pm

Burress all but done

I am sure the NY County ADA will sleep just fine given that both the plea and sentence Burress received were the mandatory minimum and there is no discretion available to the prosecutor.  In NYS, a person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon (CPW)n the second degree when such person possesses any loaded firearm and that possession is not in such person's home or place of business.  Burress didn't live at the night club, nor did he work there, so by letter of the law, he is guilty.  Once the grand jury indicted Buress for CPW 2d, a class C violent felony, the prosecutor could only offer a plea to a class D violent felony (statutory requirement).  Class D violent felnies carry with them a min sentence of 2 years in prison and a max of 7, together with mandatory post release supervision.  Thus dear Mr. Burress got the lowest sentence the law allows and there was nothing the ADA could do about it.  You can apologize for Burress all you want and believe that this person you never met is a decent and law abiding citizen, who just made a mistake, but in the end it doesn't matter because in this case the law required Burress to go to prison regardless of what other people who committed different crimes in different jurisdictions with different facts received and regardless of Burress' station in society, fame, color, religion or personality.  In this instance justice was truly objective and blind.

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