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Ear to the Ground

Plaxico Burress Heads to the Slammer

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Posted on Aug 20, 2009
AP / Seth Wenig

Oh no, Plaxico: Former New York Giant Plaxico Burress leaves Manhattan court on Thursday.

Not two years ago, NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress was on top of his game, helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLII in a surprise victory over the New England Patriots. On Thursday, he was on his way to jail for two years after pleading guilty in a felony weapons case.  —KA

The Miami Herald:
Burress was in a Manhattan court room on Thursday for arraignment after being indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of second-degree reckless endangerment on August 3.

The former Super Bowl hero had faced at least 3½ years in prison if convicted on a weapons charge, but instead made a plea agreement with prosecutors on a lesser charge—one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon. The agreement of 24 months in prison will likely be reduced to 20 because of good behavior.

“I give Plaxico a great deal of credit for accepting responsibility,” said Burress’ attorney, Benjamin Brafman, outside the courtroom. “Plaxico decided he wanted to do this, put this behind him as quickly as possible. If we went to trial and were convicted, he would face a significantly greater prison sentence.”

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By theshawn, August 25, 2009 at 6:32 am Link to this comment
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Getting two years for the incident he describes and no one else seems to dispute, is a crock.

One more reason NYC is a piece of crap city I would hate to live in.

“Political correctness, the McCarthyism of the new millenium” - TheShawn

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By Folktruther, August 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

I see my traidtional mispellings has begun to make a perverted, and unintended, sense.  Needless to say, I meant ‘mike’ not ‘kikc’ and ‘big’ not… ah well.

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By Folktruther, August 22, 2009 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

I can see why you are in awe of me, Kike, although not as the only non-racist on the planet- most earthpersons are non-White should you have not noticed, and you are obliviious of races and you are of racism.  But I too was oblivious of racism being one of the BITH THREE values, chaining the American people to their own oppression, until the Gates incident.  INDIVIDUALISM, AMERICANISM, RACISM.  The values of the american power system.

What is astonishing about the racism of you and your colleagues is that you are so racist you don’t know that you are racist.  You obviously identify with Burress, and are sorry that the whole incident happened, but obviously consider the penalty for this stupid accident just, destroying a person’s life and perhaps that of his familiy because he is Black.  And Blacksphere agrees with you; Burress should be put in prison and have his life destroyed because he made a stupid mistake.

mike, a Black man with a gun is viewed very differently by the American people than a White man with a gun, even when he had a permit for it.  The gun was illegal, as Freddy says, becuase the permit ran out, just as driving when your liscence is expired is illegal, but done by millions.  But a Black man with a gun is treated differently by the police, prosecuting attorneys, judges, juries and prisons than a White man, which is why the US, which has by far the largest prison population in the world, imprisons so many non-White people.  For ‘crimes’ like those of Buress.

Freddy, with that brilliance for which he is noted, maintains that this railroading process saves the him the cost of a trial.  Without noting that putting someone in prison for years is extremely costly.  As the US has already entered its decline in barbarism, prisoneres are now being farmed out to corporations to work for pennies an hour, chain gangs being reconstitued in the South.  The taxpaper bears the cost of imprisonment, the corportions the profit, in the time honored American fashion.

Mike, I believe you when you say that you believe that color has nothing to do with the Burris incident.  Just as it didn’t in the Vicks incident where, I vaguely remember, he was finacing the mistrreatment of dogs.  Horrible!  No wonder they destroyed much of his life as well, color had nothing to do with it.

Mike, my wife happens to be a criminal appelate attorney and these incidents are so common they make up a large fraction of cases and prisoners.  But do you want to know this, Mike, or prefer to regard truthers that point it out as sanctimonious.  The millions of the imprisoned playing the race card, as so many of Americans saying Gates did.

Because, Mike, you views are the majority views of Americans.  Consciously anti-racist, emotionally and unconsiously, racist.  Just as I was for not appreciating the magnitude of the racism problem remaining in the US.  We have been indoctrinated from childhood in these racist views implicitly in a variety of ways, the White ruling class allying with the White American population across class boundaries to rule. 

Racism currently drives the US War on Terrorism against dark skinned Muslims to steal their oil reserves, and a whole variety of hot button doemstic issues in the US: crime in the streets, welfare, unions, unemployment, drugs, etc.

So, Mike, I appreciate your awe of my understanding of these issues.  I would be happy to stand in awe of yours should you see fit to modify them.

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By Blackspeare, August 22, 2009 at 7:18 am Link to this comment

Actually, he should be going to jail, not for committing a crime, but rather for “stupidity.”  What amazes me is the ignorance of people.  Carrying an automatic pistol with a round in the chamber, which means it’s cocked, is just plain stupid even if the safety is on!!!!

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By mike112769, August 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

Folktruther: I stand in awe of you as being the only non-racist on the planet. Everything everyone says is automatically racist to you, so you must be the perfect one to judge. You would probably call Jesus a racist. Get over your sanctimonious self. Have a nice day.

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By Weekly NFL Picks, August 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment
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He definitely committed a crime, but the comparison with stallworth killing a guy and getting a month while DUI is crazy.

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By Folktruther, August 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

You’re absolutely right, Freddy, that if he would have killed someone accidenally it would be neglibible homicide.  And if that gun were an assault rifle, or a bozooka, he could have done an enormous amount of damage with it.  And if it were an atomic bomb….  but it wasn’t.  was it.  He stupidly shot himself in the thigh.  And they are going to destroy his career for it.

May I remind you that the vice-president of the US shot his hunting partner with a shotgun.  In the face.  I don’t recall any indicments.  Nobody tried to destroy him for it, more’s the pity.  But notice how truthdig goes after black Senators and sports stars.  I suggest to you that this is not a serach for disinterested justice.  But a covert form of racism that is endemic among Progressives and the Dems, as it is more overt among the Gops.

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By Fat Freddy, August 21, 2009 at 8:38 am Link to this comment

Folktruther

...Fat Freddy maintain that guns are not fired by accident.  In which case the player must have deliberately shot himself in the thigh.

Get a grip. He shot himself because he didn’t know how to use a gun. If that bullet would have killed someone, it would have been criminally negligent homicide. Don’t you watch Law and Order? smile

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By Folktruther, August 21, 2009 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

The comment by 4truth is a good indiccation of how American covert racism works; primarily by not mentoning it.  4truth states that college football fans didn’t think the football player was very smart (how would they know this?) without mention that they are predominantly White and the player is Black.

He states that all permits for guns do not allow people to take them into bars, at a time when rightwingers are taking them into public meetings with intense controversy.  White people, who are NOT put in prison or have their careers destroyed.

Both 4truth and Fat Freddy maintain that guns are not fired by accident.  In which case the player must have deliberately shot himself in the thigh.
A henious crime, thighicide, allowing commenters to pile on after the US power structure has devastated for an accident.

This is all racist drivel, the same kind of drivel that supported the policeman arresting Gates in his own home.  the same kind of racist drivel that Truthdig exhibits in its insoucient attack on black celebs.  And I have no doubt that it is largely unconscios, the perps often considering themselves not racist.

Because there is no counterattack against this unconscious racism in the mainstream media.  So people aren’t aware of it.  As I wasn’t until the Gattes intcident. 

The simple truth of the matter, which Americans don’t want to know, is that the US was founded on racist ethnic cleansing and slavery, has exhibited a homicidal racism in its foreign and domestic policy, culminating in a War on Terrorism against dark skinned Muslims to steal their oil.  This homicidal racism underlies an enormous variety of hot button issues: immigration, welfare, crime in the strets, drugs, etc, etc.

the difference is that now, instead of lynching African-Americans, they are sent to prison and made unemployable.

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By Fat Freddy, August 21, 2009 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

Most of the commenters are referring to his “crime” in quotes, as if to say that it wasn’t much of a crime.  Well, maybe there should be no gun laws.

No, it wasn’t much of a crime. But if that bullet would have gone into someone’s head, he’d be looking at 20 years. Guns don’t go off accidentally. They fire when you pull the trigger with the safety in the “off” position and there’s a round in the chamber.

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By Folktruther, August 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment

What gets me, Paolo, is that Americans are so racist they don’t even know they are racist.  The Gates incident was amazing in that perhaps a majority of Americans, including TD Progressives, sided with the cop busting Gates in his own home for ‘creating a disturbance.’ 

and the cop got invited to the White House and was cheered enormously by three thousand cops in Long Beach, Calif, mostly from the racist Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).  Many Americans actually WANT a police state, to protect them from minorities.

There is very little understanding that when class inequality is enormous and increasing in an obsolete and oppressive power system, they are also subject to arbitrary and random policing.

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By frisbie, August 20, 2009 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment
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I think his sentence was way to harsh, but I find it interesting that liberals are all for gun control laws but then don’t want them enforced.  Most of the commenters are referring to his “crime” in quotes, as if to say that it wasn’t much of a crime.  Well, maybe there should be no gun laws.

ps I’m not a conservative or at all pro gun.  I’m just tired of the right and left wingnuts always being so damned hypocritical.

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By 4Truth, August 20, 2009 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment
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I remember when Plaxico was playing for Michigan State.  The sports news for
college players is very careful not to play rough. Never the less - the grapevine
news among college football fans can be pretty accurate.  The impression of
Mr. Burress then was that he obviously had great athletic ability and he would
have a good NFL career… but he was not considered to have a great mind or
good judgement. 

Also, as others mention, it is made very clear to applicants for concealed
weapons permits that the law states firearms are not to be taken into bars (for
very obvious reasons).  Yet - Mr. Burress seems to have either totally forgotten
this well known fact or he totally ignored it when he decided to carry his
handgun into that bar. 

I have personally witnessed the arrest of someone who “forgot” this same rule -
he had merely forgotten to put his gun away after a day of hunting. (Yes,
handguns are used as hunting weapons.)  Because he did not discharge his gun
and the circumstances were recognized by the judge, this man just spent one
night in jail and paid a heavy fine. 

Given that Mr. Burress did carry his gun (obviously with disregard) and he did
discharge his gun - it seems perfectly within reason that he should do
significant jail time.    The fact that Mr. Burress, as someone laments, will also
lose part of his career and large income - is something he should have given
thought to before making this blunder. 

Lets also remember that there is no pressing need to “go into a bar.”  This is
not a matter of necessity for anyone.  And bars are universally recognized as
places where physical risks exist.  One has a choice: go to the bar and face
physical risk or go somewhere else for entertainment and socializing and
drinking.  In other words: party at home, party at other people’s homes: where
there is less risk and no law against carrying a gun for self-defense.  It was all
up to Mr. Burress to choose—and he made the wrong choices.

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By Fat Freddy, August 20, 2009 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

Folktruther

Fat Freddy, whose fatness appears to extend to his head region, claims that a black man in the US has no need of a gun to protect himself.  Presumably he is not black himself or he would know better.

Take your ad hominem attacks and shove them straight up your ass, dickhead. You’re not going to race bait me. He had an illegal gun, and illegally discharged it in a public place. And no, someone who has a personal bodyguard does not need to carry a gun. What part of breaking the law don’t you understand? I learned first hand, that regardless of what you may think the law should or should not be, if you break it, be prepared to face the punishment. Take your “excuses” and stick them where the sun don’t shine, also.

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By Paolo, August 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

Actually, this is outrageous.

Burress is guilty of nothing more than stupidity in not knowing how to properly bear his weapon. No one was hurt beside himself.

So, in a “crime” in which no one was harmed, nothing was stolen, and no property damaged, the defendant gets two years?

And of course, New York’s gun control laws are all unconstitutional.

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By Folktruther, August 20, 2009 at 7:03 pm Link to this comment

Having read the racist comments of the TD commenters, I actually read the the article about his ‘crime.’  It appears to have been thighicide.  He shot himself in the thigh.  I may be naive here, but I assumed that he did not do it deliberately.  I assume it was an accident.  With a pistol for which he had a permit which had expired.

For this henious accident-excuse me, crime- he has his career destroyed or drastically shortened, causing him a huge loss of income.  Becuase of his enormous crime.  And what was his real crime?  HE WAS A BLACK MAN IN AMERICA WITH A GUN. 

Fat Freddy, whose fatness appears to extend to his head region, claims that a black man in the US has no need of a gun to protect himself.  Presumably he is not black himself or he would know better.

I had no idea that such unconscious racism was still such a driving force in America until these know nothing comments in favor of the oppression of black people, including the Gates incident,  were so common on a Progressive blog.  Clearly a force that is driving the US into historical barbarism in both foreign and domestic policy.

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By ephman, August 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment
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ok so plaxico is pretty dumb.  not too many people can argue against that.  but if there was any good that came from this it’s that ephman was inspired to together one of his famous Top 10’s.  The Top 10 Official Greatest Dumbest Athletes Of All Time

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By Fat Freddy, August 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

Blackspeare

Bite your tongue. I’m already boycotting the Eagles this year. I really don’t want to have to boycott them again in two years.

But, if things work out for Vick and the Eagles, and the fans and the NFL, you can certainly expect to see Burress going directly from prison khaki to an NFL uniform.

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By Blackspeare, August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

I can see a position with the Eagles in his future!

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By freeyourmind, August 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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Me and you both folktruther, the good old usa has the largest prison population on the planet. I call it the PIC, prison industrial complex.Big business, so big that we have privately owned prison for profit.Companies now have prisoners working for about 50 cents an hour making their goods. The military gets most of their goods from prisons.Check it out, you’ll see. Judges have even been busted for sending juveniles to work camps and getting kick backs from the owners.

“We are back to an oligarchy pretending to be a republic pretending to be a democracy.”


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By Fat Freddy, August 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

Folktruther,

He shot himself in the leg in a crowded night club with an illegal handgun. He didn’t need a handgun for protection since he has a personal, professional body guard. This is a case of a plea bargain saving the tax payer the cost of a trial. Nothing more.

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By mike112769, August 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment

I think it’s a damned shame this has happened. I’ve been a fan of his for years, even when he played for the hated Steelers smile. I don’t believe his color has anything to do with this. This is just another sports star trying to keep up his cred, maybe look a bit gangsta. It’s unfortunate that these players feel as if they have to do this, when staying out of trouble is a much better way to set an example to the youngsters. I sincerely hope the NFL doesn’t think adults are influenced by these guys. I am disappointed that he didn’t have a concealed carry permit, though. Granted, he still couldn’t have been carrying it in a bar, but he would’ve gotten in a lot less trouble if he’d had one. Lord knows he could afford one.
I look forward to seeing him back on the field.

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By Folktruther, August 20, 2009 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment

I care Mary Ann.  The way the US gets the accused to agree to charges they might not be guilty of is to sentence them to enormous penalities if they choose to fight it in court.  Consequently there are fewer and fewer trials and more and more prisoners.

It is not incidental that this defendent is black.

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By Mary Ann McNeely, August 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

Uhhhhhhh . . . who cares?

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