Plaxico Burress: Former NFL Player Released From Prison

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Former New York Giants player Plaxico Burress was released from prison this morning after serving 20 months on weapons charges stemming from a 2008 nightclub shooting.

In November 2008, the wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the leg with a .40-caliber gun he was carrying in his waistband at a Manhattan nightclub. Burress was not licensed to carry a gun in either New York or New Jersey, where he lived at the time. 

In August 2009, as part of a plea deal, Burress pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and agreed to serve two years. He was released three months early because of good behavior but is expected to be on parole for the next two years. The former New York Giants star spent the nearly two years at the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, N.Y.

Prior to the imfamous incident, Burress was best known for catching the game-winning touchdown in the 2008 Super Bowl. After the 2008 season, the Giants player faced a series of pitfalls. He was suspended in October for missing practice and later that month fined $45,000 by the league for arguing with a referee. The Giants suspended Burress following the shooting and eventually released him from the team.


Burress may never live this incident down, but it might be possible for him to get another chance in the league. If Michael Vick could revive his career, then really, anyone can.

Read more at CNN.

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