Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress turned down plea bargain to three-month sentence for gun possession, says report
Originally Posted by Shellshock
Never heard 60 days, he was offered the same deal anyone would get for a first time offender for a gun charge, which was 2 yrs.
By Mike Garafolo
May 28, 2009, 2:32PM
Craig Ruttle/MCTFormer Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress turned down a plea deal because he did not want to serve jail time, according to reports.
Back in March, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported Plaxico Burress had declined a couple of plea bargains his lawyer had worked out for him. (Sorry, I can't find a link and I'm not sure it was ever written, though I know Paolantonio reported it on-air.) Then, last month, ProFootballTalk.com delivered a similar report.
Now, Bob Papa, the Giants' radio play-by-play man (as well as a Sirius/XM Radio host and the voice of NFL Network's live games) has the details of what he's heard Burress has turned down.
"This is what I've been told and what I've heard," Papa said this morning on Sirius NFL Radio's "Morning Drive" program. "They worked out something where they had it down to about a three-month jail term with actually only two months served and about 1,500 hours of community service. And I think his lawyers felt that they had a pretty good deal. He doesn't want to go to jail at all. He shot down the deal - just like he shot down the new contract the Giants offered him to try to get his money back. He does not want to go to jail at all. So now coming up in another couple of weeks we're going to find out what's going to happen. But my guess is that the city of New York is not going to back off any kind of jail time.
"Evidently, he's gonna have to go to Rikers Island. He's deathly afraid of going. If he would have just taken the deal, evidently, when it originally was offered it would all be over with by now. But supposedly the community service hours and the jail time are not appealing to him. He does not understand that he is not in any kind of position of leverage. He has no leverage. He, not his representatives, he thinks he has leverage."
At this point, there's a lot of evidence to suggest Burress is the one holding up the process on a plea bargain that could have put him back on the field this season. (After any suspension by the league, of course.) If so, that's not a wise decision because jail time appears to be inevitable.
But as it pertains to the Giants, this news doesn't change anything with regard to his possibly playing for them again (before he was released). Remember, the biggest thing preventing his return to the team wasn't his jail time. Rather, it was his attitude.
Burress didn't want to play for the Giants again.
Through his agent, he requested a trade.
Burress also rejected any offers for a new contract. He also refused to settle his grievance over money lost in 2008.
And according to team president John Mara, Burress also didn't respond to general manager Jerry Reese's attempts to contact him.
So while Burress' reported resistance to a plea deal is apparently undermining his chances of returning to the NFL quickly, it likely didn't interfere with his return to the team he helped lead to Super Bowl XLII. After all, like his good friend Jeremy Shockey, Burress had clearly decided his days as a Giant were over -- jail time or no jail time.