Plaxico Burress A Modern Day Political Prisoner

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 15, 2011

Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress

OAKLAND, CA—(BASN) Plaxico Burress is lucky to be alive today after what happened to him in 2008. Mr. Burress became the first political sports prisoner in the United States.

The security blanket for quarterback Eli Manning would head to New York State Prison and the New York Football Giants would not make the playoffs.

One November night the famous wide receiver for the World Champion New York Football Giants went to a high class night club. He had been through a long week of practice and wanted to relax. He also took along his unregistered, loaded hand gun for protection. That may have been the biggest mistake of his young life.

Upon entering the establishment he negotiated the stairs and the gun started sliding down his pants. As he tried to catch the gun his fingers touched and pulled the trigger. A bullet struck his foot and injured his leg. He could have died from an accidental self inflicted gun shot wound but that did not matter to the sports media.

That very moment he became public enemy number one in New York City. 1) Mr. Burress violated team rules with the ownership of a handgun. 2) He violated National Football League rules pertaining to the ownership of a handgun and last. 3) He violated New York Cities strict hand gun laws with an unregistered weapon. 4) All gunshot wounds are supposed to be reported to the local police department, Mr. Burress incident was not.

Then throw in the pot, a Mayor running for re-election in a major city of the United States. All of these factors created the perfect situation for a modern day political prisoner.

Mayor Bloomberg wanted the head of Plaxico Burress and did not care how it was done. Bloomberg publicly stated that he wanted Burress to be prosecuted to the fullest extent, saying that any punishment short of the minimum 3½ years for unlawful carrying of a handgun would be “a mockery of the law”.

Mayor Bloomberg was furious because Burress got preferencial treatment. The Giants owners were furious because they would have to pay Plaxico the 1 million signing bounus under the NFLPA collective bargining agreement eventhou he could not finish the 2008 season.

Middle America was furious because here was another famous visable African American male flounting the legal system.

On Monday, August 3, 2009, prosecutors announced that Burress had been indicted by the grand jury on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and a single count of reckless endangerment in the second degree. Both are felonies with the blessings of Mayor Bloomberg.

Plaxico Burress served 2 years in jail. Talk about wasted money, this was it. Burress could have been placed under house arrest saving the state of New York millions of dollars but this was a political statement by the Mayor of New York City.

Meanwhile hundreds of young African American and Latino American men die each day from gunshot wounds in the boroughs of New York because guns are rampant in the Big Apple. Mayor Bloomberg is convinently silent

At the start of the 2011 season Mr. Burress signed a contract with the cross town rivials the New York Jets. All eyes will be watching every move Mr. Burress makes no matter how well he plays in the New Giant Stadium.

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