Giants’ Eli Manning: Plaxico Burress Has ‘Served His Time, Plus Some’
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Ex-Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is set to get out of prison on June 6, a release date that quarterback Eli Manning thinks is well overdue.
“Obviously he’s served his time, plus some,” Manning told the New York Post on Monday.
A weekend report from the New York Daily News indicated that the Giants are outside of the post-jail Burress sweepstakes. Whether it’s with New York or elsewhere, Manning is just itching to see his former teammate back on the football field.
“I’m excited that he’s getting out,” he said, “and if the Giants or another team give him a shot, I’ll look forward to getting him back into football.”
Burress caught the winning touchdown pass from Manning in the final minute of the 2008 Super Bowl. But his fortunes turned in November of that year, when he went to a Manhattan nightclub with a gun tucked in the waistband of his track pants; he later said he had been concerned for his safety because a teammate had been held up at gunpoint days before.
Burress’ weapon slipped down his leg and fired, injuring him in the thigh. The bullet narrowly missed a security guard, prosecutors said.
The gun wasn’t licensed in New York or New Jersey, where Burress lived, and his Florida concealed-weapons permit had expired. He also failed to report the incident to authorities.
He pleaded guilty in August 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
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