New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was accidentally shot in the leg Friday night (November 28) at a nightclub, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com are reporting. Jay Glazer at Fox Sports reported that Plaxico Burress had shot himself in the leg just hours after being told he would be sidelined for the Washington Redskins game (due to a hamstring injury suffered during the Giants game against the Baltimore Ravens). Burress’ injury was non-life-threatening, but the all-star player spent the night in a hospital.
Jay Clayton at ESPN.com reported that the shooting took place during a nightclub “incident.”
No other information has been forthcoming, from Burress, from the New York Giants front office, or from the nightclub. In fact, no one seems to be certain in which nightclub the shooting took place.
Pat Hanlon, New York Giants spokesman, told the Associated Press, “I don’t have anything for you at this stage.” NFL spokesman Joe Browne told AP, “We are gathering information, just like everyone else.”
The Associated Press also reported that calls to New York City police and to Totowa, New Jersey, police (where Burress lives during football season) revealed that there had been no reports of a shooting at a nightclub on Friday night involving Plaxico Burress.
Plaxico Burress was the wide receiver that caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl that lifted the Giants over the favored – and undefeated – New England Patriots. Burress signed a $35 million- five-year contract just before the first game of the season.
But Burress has had his share of problems this season. Before signing, he missed a mandatory minicamp practice in June and the Giants fined him $25,000. On October 5, the Giants fined him $117,500 and suspended him from the game against the Seattle Seahawks for missing a team meeting and failing to notify the team. He was fined an additional $45,000 by the National Football League on October 19 for abusing an official and throwing a football into the stands.
And Burress is not the only NFL ballplayer to be involved in a nightclub shooting incident of late.
Adam “Pacman” Jones has made national headlines all year over various incidents, including assaulting his own bodyguard, but none comparable to the February trial over the 2007 Las Vegas nightclub incident where a bouncer was shot and left paralyzed by a member of Jones’ entourage. Jones pled no contest to disorderly conduct and was given a year probation. The NFL had already suspended him for the 2007 season. Jones now plays for the Dallas Cowboys.
New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Richard Collier was paralyzed on September 1 in a revenge shooting that took place after Tyrone Hartsfield, a man Collier had traded punches with several months before, saw him in a nightclub, followed him to some nearby apartments and shot him while he was still in his vehicle. Collier later suffered his leg being amputated. Hartsfield was charged with attempted murder.
Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting in Denver on New Years Day in 2007. Williams and his alleged murderer, Willie D. Clark, had gotten into an altercation outside a Denver nightclub just minutes before spraying Williams’ limo with gunfire, killing Williams and wounding three others.
The story of Plaxico Burress’ shooting could end with the hospitalization, if it is true that he wounded himself. For New York Giants fans, football fans, friends and family of Burress, and especially Plaxico Burress himself, the story ending with the wounding (and a few subsequently missed football games) is far more desirable than the endings of the stories of others far less fortunate.