Athletes With Guns: How Stupid Can We Get?

The New York Giants won an important football game yesterday, throttling the Washington Redskins 23-7 on the Redskins’ home field. The victory raised New York’s record to 11-1, all but assured the Giants of a division title and put them in excellent position to wrap up home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs.

Of course, the lead story in all the New York papers today had nothing to do with the Giants’ victory. The New York Times, hardly known for sensationalism, led its sports page with the following headline: “Burress to Surrender to Authorities.” 

 

By John Feinstein
Special to The Washington Post

New York Giants Plaxico Burress wears a "GU" patch ... 

That’s because Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress walked into a New York nightclub on Friday night carrying a gun and somehow managed to shoot himself in the leg. News reports indicate he wasn’t licensed to carry the firearm.

Burress already had a hamstring injury in the same leg, which was going to keep him out of Sunday’s game. But apparently, he felt no need to stay off the leg and rest so that he might be able to play this coming week in another key game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The easiest thing in the world today would be to focus on what a moron Burress is. He’s a moron for allegedly carrying an unlicensed gun into a crowded bar, endangering himself and others. He’s a moron because he signed a five-year, $35 million contract at the start of this season and then was suspended for one game for failing to show up for practice and team meetings — and not bothering to tell anyone.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/articl
e/2008/12/01/AR2008120101335.html?hpid=topnews

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