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Giants suspend Super Bowl hero Burress

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress is done for the year.

The New York Giants fined and suspended Burress on Tuesday for four games— the rest of the regular season—after he accidentally shot himself in the right thigh over the weekend at a Manhattan nightclub. The team also placed him on the reserve non-football injury list, which means the wide receiver couldn’t come back for playoffs, either.

The team punished Burress a day after he was charged with illegal weapons possession, which carries a penalty of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison if he’s convicted. Burress is due back in court again on March 31, unless he reaches a plea agreement.

Burress arrived Tuesday morning at Giants Stadium, and met individually with Giants president John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin. He left for a medical test and returned in the afternoon for another brief session with team officials.

Even as they suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team, Giants officials expressed concern for Burress, who caught a touchdown pass from Eli Manning that gave the Giants a 17-14 Super Bowl win over New England in February.

“As we have said since Saturday morning, our concern is for Plaxico’s health and well-being,” Mara said. “This is an important time for him to take care of his body and heal up and also deal with the very serious legal consequences and other issues in his life. When I spoke with Plaxico he expressed great remorse for letting down his teammates.”

Police and prosecutors still want to talk to a pair of Burress’ teammates, Antonio Pierce and Ahmad Bradshaw, who were at the club when the shooting occurred but insist they did nothing wrong.

Neither Burress nor his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was immediately available for comment.

Dr. Scott Rodeo, a team physician, examined Burress and told the Giants that the gunshot wound would have sidelined the 31-year-old player for 4-to-6 weeks anyway.

“I had two conversations with Plaxico today, and it was obvious that he understood the magnitude of this situation,” Reese said Tuesday. “He knows that we are here to support him and help him get healthy.”

This is the second time the Giants have suspended the troubled receiver this season. He missed the Oct. 2 game against Seattle for missing a team meeting. He also has been fined dozens of times since 2005 for violating team rules, and he was hit with a $45,000 fine by the league this season for abusing an official and throwing a ball into the stands during a game.

“Our concern all along has been for Plaxico the person, not Plaxico the player,” team chairman Steve Tisch said. “We are here to support him and his family as he recovers from his wound and deals with some serious issues.”

Burress is fourth on the team with 35 catches for 454 yards and four touchdowns. He has caught 244 passes for 3,681 yards and 33 touchdowns since joining the team in 2005 as a free agent.

“When you lose a player of Plaxico’s ability, it is incumbent that everybody step up and fill the void,” said Coughlin, whose team is 11-1 and a win away from clinching the NFC East. “In the last two seasons, this team has done an outstanding job of that. We made it clear to Plax today that we are here to support him in any way possible.”

Fines in the NFL typically mean a player loses a paycheck for each game he misses. In Burress’ case, that would mean roughly $206,000 per regular season game. He also was due to receive $1 million from his signing bonus on Dec. 10. It was not immediately clear whether the team still had to make the payment.

New York Giants' Plaxico Burre…

AP - Dec 1, 2:51 pm EST

The player’s latest woes began in the wee hours Saturday morning when he shot himself in the VIP section of a club called the Latin Quarter, where he went with two teammates.

Police want to know what Pierce did moments after the shooting and whether he took part in a cover-up. They also plan to interview the people at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, who treated Burress and did not report the shooting, as required by law.

Pierce’s lawyer said Tuesday he contacted prosecutors as soon as he was hired by the linebacker on Monday.

“After the events in question, Mr. Pierce did what any other reasonable person would do under the circumstances, he hired counsel,” attorney Michael Bachner said. He said he hasn’t been notified that Pierce will be charged.

“Mr. Pierce, given the extraordinary circumstances of that evening, acted responsibly in trying to save what could have been the life of a friend,” Bachner said.

The episode has frustrated police from the start. Officers said they were promised by NFL officials Monday that Pierce would appear for questioning, but he still hasn’t.

New York Giants' Plaxico Burre…

AP - Dec 1, 2:50 pm EST

Police said Tuesday that the Giants did send two trainers and an official who deals with player issues, who provided information about the shooting. That includes Charles Way, the team’s director of player development, and trainer Ronnie Barnes. But police are still waiting to speak to more informed witnesses.

Pierce declined to answer questions about the shooting on his regular Tuesday afternoon spot on Sirius NFL Radio. “It’s not appropriate with the police being involved. … I’ve got to be strong,” he said.

Bradshaw’s attorney, Charles Stacy, said his client wasn’t suspected of any wrongdoing.

Both players said they were planning to speak with the district attorney’s office in the near future.

Authorities are also upset that the hospital didn’t report the shooting. Hospital officials said “take this very seriously, and are conducting a thorough investigation into why this gunshot wound was not reported to the police department in a timely fashion.”

Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Robinson said Tuesday an individual has been suspended in connection with the case, but would not say if the person was a doctor or hospital staff member.

New York Giants' Plaxico Burre…

AP - Dec 1, 2:42 pm EST

A person familiar with the case said a doctor who was not a staff member came to the hospital shortly after Burress arrived there around 2 a.m. and treated him. The doctor’s privileges to work out of the hospital have been suspended, according to the person. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke out again Tuesday, saying he talked to Mara and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He told them the law says “you see something, you got to call the cops. That’s the thing you should do.”

The Giants say they have been cooperating with authorities since they learned about the shooting.

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Nothing more than another gang banging thug in the NFL. I hope the NFL Commisioner throws the book at this loser, and right after that, I hope a judge in court throws the book at him as well. Lock him up for a few years and see how cool he is then.

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Police want to know what Pierce did moments after the shooting and whether he took part in a cover-up.

It probably went like this: ARRGHHH!!! <poor word usage> I just shot my <poor word usage> leg <poor word usage> <poor word usage> ohhh <poor word usage> son of a <poor word usage> ANTONIO take my glock man, I just shot my <poor word usage> -ing leg. Take me to a <poor word usage> -ing hospital man I just <poor word usage> -ing shot myself

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My question was how were they going to cover it up? Did they not think that anyone would notice him coming to practice on crutches or with a bandage on his leg?

"Hey Plax, why are you limping and why is your leg bleeding?"

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I can see why he would carry a gun with all the other thugs targeting athletes. But to not register the gun, that is just dumb.

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there is a time and place for everyone to grow up, and i hope this has done it for Plax. The guy is a stud on the field, and you have the whole world but the butt, think about it and grow up!

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NFLPA to file Grievance on the behalf of Plexico Burress.

In a nutshell the Players Association is saying the Giants and the NFL in suspsending him were real mean to him... smile

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My question was how were they going to cover it up? Did they not think that anyone would notice him coming to practice on crutches or with a bandage on his leg?

"Hey Plax, why are you limping and why is your leg bleeding?"

There was a plan to cover it up. The teammate was to get rid of the gun, and the doctor that treated him has himself been suspended by the hospital for filing false paperwork when Plax was treated. He allegedly put down a false name on the paperwork and didn't sign some papers as well.

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Oh and as far as him coming to practice on crutches, he was actually hurt before all this and was already supposed to sit out with a hamstring pull

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Oh and as far as him coming to practice on crutches, he was actually hurt before all this and was already supposed to sit out with a hamstring pull

This is true. He was hurt and was not going to play on Sunday!

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How long before this guy ends up in Dallas with Tank Williams and Pacman???????

Probably as soon as Jerry Jones sits down with Plax and Vick and works out a deal for the 2.

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Again just another stupid thug showing the world we dont want our future generations looking up to him. Hurry up and get him and his buddy to their cells. They lock up that doctor who tried to cover up the entire thing along with them.

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