Originally posted by StaggerLee I guess that will be the end of his career.
Not necessarily. With good behavior he'll be 33 when he gets out of prison. Not a young man by NFL WR standards, but he'll be very attractive to teams looking for a veteran receiver. And the way that Vick and Owens have caught right back on, I think he'll be catching passes for another NFL team in a couple of years, pending a suspension from the NFL when he returns.
Between the jail time and the suspension, I'll say Burress is done. No way he plays at a high level in the NFL again, especially if the Vick experiment fails. If Vick spends two years in the clink and falls on his face, no one will expect any better out of Plax.
Wow Plaxico gets 2 years, probably 20 months for shooting himself in the leg while Stallworth gets like 20 days for mowing over some guy in his car.
Stallworth was not tried in a town where politicos made it clear they would make an example out of him
Plax was also screwed by the "victimless crime" clause - there was no one to pay off to look the other way (or, properly grieve and move on with their lives due to the charitable nature of someone who did the right thing. right)
jdp - I don't see the correlation between including T.O. in the same sentence as Vick, but I get your point. If RG lets him back in, he'll play somewhere
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Originally posted by redsoxnationPlaxico already was considered a headcase to coach while in his prime, how he is in 2011 or 2012 when he hasn't played in a few seasons and is past his prime makes it possible his career is over.
Yeah, I think that could be him done.
He'll be 34 when the 2011 season starts, won't have played for two years and already had a rep as being a bit of a dick to coach.
Vick's five years younger than Plax will be with no such dickish rep (save for not being the hardest worker in training) and still had to accept going from being a Pro Bowler to being a 3rd string/trick play guy. I don't see Burress coming back ready to start in 2011 and I doubt many teams would be willing to take a chance on a 34-year old with 'issues' to catch 30-40 balls a season. As far as I know he doesn't have the financial issues Vick had that would make getting back in the league a necessity either.
Shame though. I developed a grudging admiration for him when he was with the Giants even if he did seem to own the Eagles' secondary way too often.
ESPN showed a quote from the NFL on Sportscenter last night saying that Plaxico would be suspended for the term of his incarceration but would be reinstated upon completing his jail sentence, so I think you can throw out notions of a suspension going beyond the 2 years (or whatever) he spends in jail. The biggest thing that could keep him from playing again is if there's an extended work stoppage starting in 2011. That could keep him on the sidelines until he's 34-35 years old.
I agree with what seems to be the vast majority of the legal analysts who have weighed in on this case: he made a stupid, stupid mistake and deserves to be punished, but a 2-year sentence is way too harsh.
A couple of things. Stallworth did try to avoid the pedestrian, even while drunk and the pedestrian was not where they should have been. And he didn't fight it but admitted guilt. What he did was terrible and I am not condoning it in any way. In several ways what Plaxico did was very similar as regards the saftey of the public around him. He could just as easily shot and killed somebody else instead of wounding himself. Kind of like driving drunk. Bothe are wrong and stupid.
My hope is that this is the wake up call he needs and maybe other athletes will think twice as this guns and athletes thing is becoming an epidemic.
Originally posted by DrDirt A couple of things. Stallworth did try to avoid the pedestrian, even while drunk and the pedestrian was not where they should have been. And he didn't fight it but admitted guilt. What he did was terrible and I am not condoning it in any way.
Where I live if you blink your lights like Stallworth did to "warn" the pedestrian, it's actually a signal that you are yielding to them. Someone want's to move into the lane in front of you, blink your lights to let them know they can merge. Someone is waiting to walk across your path to get to their car in a lot, blink your lights to let them know you're waiting for them. Same thing at a stop sign and you want to let them know you'll wait for them.
Here, honking the horn would have been a "get out of my way/look out" warning. If I was the pedestrian and I was standing on the side of the road waiting to cross or already crossing and I see the blinking headlights, I would take that as a "I yield to you, keep walking," not "Hey, get out of my way!" Just my two cents on it. Maybe other areas have different customs, but living here in the DC area for 30+ years, that's the unwritten rule of the road. Blink the lights to yield, honk to be aggressive with your warning.
Burress was offered a sentence of 2-3 months or something earlier. While I agree that it's a travesty that Stallworth killed somebody and will be concievably playing before him, Plax had an out and chose to stay in and fight out the case, which was stacked against him from the start since it's kind of hard to prove you didn't shoot yourself with an illegal firearm in an assumedly crowded nightspot in the most heavily populated area in the U.S. when it was widely publicized that you had. In other words, Plax screwed Plax.
Judging by the reactions of most of his teammates, including Eli Manning, THE Giants Golden Boy, I wouldn't be shocked if he was resigned upon finishing his sentence by the same Giants. Not that I'm predicting it, nor am I saying it's the obvious move for the front offices, just that it wouldn't shock me. Of course, that's all dependent on the collective bargaining agreement getting hashed out and there is NFL football in 2011.
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