Plaxico Burress Slams Fans, Tom Coughlin And Eli Manning In Men’s Journal Interview
NEW YORK (WFAN) – Plaxico Burress has taken a page right out of LeBron James’ playbook.
After Miami’s ouster from the NBA Finals in June, the love-him-or-hate-him superstar infamously said: “All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today.”
Burress has a similar message for fans who celebrated his nearly two-year long prison stint.
“What are you doing now?” Burress says in the October issue of Men’s Journal, according to the New York Post. “You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life? ’Cause I’m back living my life and enjoying my family while you’re still doing the same thing.”
But fans weren’t the only ones to draw Burress’ ire. The Jets’ outspoken wide receiver hit on his relationship with former coach Tom Coughlin, who he called “not a real positive coach.”
“You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans — when their player makes a mistake, they take ’em to the side and say, ‘We’ll get ’em next time,’” said the former Big Blue wideout. “But Coughlin’s on the sideline going crazy, man. I can’t remember one time when he tried to talk a player through not having a day he was having.”
The magazine interviewed Burress shortly after his June release from prison on a gun charge.
“After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was ‘sad and disappointing,’ ” Burress said of Coughlin. “I’m like, forget support — how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, ‘I’m glad you didn’t kill anybody!’ Man, we’re paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn’t realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own.”
Quarterback Eli Manning, who Burress says failed to reach out to him in jail, also was on the Plaxico hot seat.
“I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn’t on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin,” he said. “Then I went away, and I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years. I don’t want to say it was a slap in the face, but I thought our relationship was better than that.”
And of course, there’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Burress previously told HBO that he didn’t know who Bloomberg was before shooting himself in the leg in November 2008.
“The way Bloomberg treated me was totally wrong,” said Burress. “Stacked those charges so high I had to go to jail.”
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