Monday, Nov. 03, 2008

Plaxico's off-the-field injury

Sometimes you really shoot yourself in the foot. Or thigh, if you're New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress, 31, who caught the winning touchdown in the Giants' Super Bowl victory in February, was hanging out in a New York City nightclub when the Glock semi-automatic pistol he had holstered in his sweatpants dropped and discharged a bullet into his right thigh. Catching a pigskin while a throng of hulking men are bearing down on you? No problem. Catching a gun dropping down your pants? Tricky. Burress' injuries were minor but, as far New York State law is concerned, the incident wasn't. He has been charged with possession of an unregistered handgun and faces a mandatory sentence of three and a half years in state prison. Burress's lawyer told reporters his client would "deal with the legal process in a responsible and professional manner." The Giants, meanwhile, have suspended Burress for the rest of the season. He is scheduled to return to court March 31.