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Plaxico Not The First ‘Star’ to Shoot Himself in the Foot

December 2, 2008

From Michael Vick to Jim Brown there is a parade of “Bad Boys” from the NFL, other sports and Hollywood.  We are not saints; just people.  Now Plaxico Burress gets 15 minutes of fame not for a Super bowl touchdown but for shooting hemself in the foot, er, leg….

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves ... 
Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Geoff Burke)

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The weekend self-injury of New York Giants star badboy Plaxico Burress, who sustained a personal injury gunshot in the leg when an illegally concealed weapon accidentally went off may have a few others in hot water.

In New York state, it is a misdemeanor for a hospital not to report a gunshot wound to the police, and according to reports, that is exactly what happened.  It appears that several employees of New York-Cornell Hospital, who treated Burress, did not contact the police. The New York State Department of Health is investigating to see if information was deliberately hidden to protect Burress. Additionally the hospital itself has admitted it has suspended an employee for not following procedure.  The hospital says it is their policy to contact the police in regards to all gunshot patients.

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives ... 
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives in Manhattan Supreme Court in handcuffs, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in New York. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Burress planned to plead not guilty to a weapon possession charge during a Monday afternoon court appearance. Burress accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday evening.(AP Photo/David Karp)

Meanwhile Antonio Pierce, another New York Giant who was with Burress at the club Latin Quarter during the injury and aftermath, is being sought for questioning by police.  It appears, however, that he ditched the cops yesterday in favor of a paid radio appearance.  Pierce also is reported to have spoken to NFL security about the incident without a lawyer present which could get the league itself tangled up in the investigation.

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Above: Mug shots of Ryan O’Neil and son Redmond when they were booked by police on drug charges….


Jim Brown was my hero when he played for the Cleveland Browns and he is again my hero now.  But there was a time there when he was just about nobody’s hero…..
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Plaxico Burress in Handcuffs; Bail $100,000; Hospital, Teammate Being Investigated

December 1, 2008

Plaxico Burress was led out of a police precinct in handcuffs Monday after surrendering on a weapons possession charge, and authorities said that teammate Antonio Pierce is being investigated over his role in an accidental shooting at a Manhattan nightclub.

Burress was silent but held his head high as he was led out of the police station, where a crowd that included Giants fans hovered nearby with cell phone cameras. Burress planned to plead not guilty to the charge during a Monday court appearance, said defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman.

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer

New York Giants' Plaxico Burress, right, arrives at Manhattan ... 
New York Giants’ Plaxico Burress, right, arrives at Manhattan Supreme Court for arraignment with an unidentified man on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 in New York. Burress apparently accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday evening and was treated at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He was released Saturday.(AP Photo/David Karp)

The star wide receiver who helped the New York Giants win the Super Bowl accidentally shot himself at a nightclub Friday evening and was treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He was released Saturday.

The episode set off a frenzy that showed no signs of letting up Monday: Police said the case could expand beyond Burress, with authorities investigating Pierce and the hospital for failing to report the shooting. The NFL is closely monitoring the developments as well.

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Plaxico Burress has appeared in court on weapons possession charges stemming from an accidental shooting at a Manhattan nightclub.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin set bail at $100,000 and ordered Burress to return March 31.

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Plaxico, You Dope; Career, Life Could Be Shot

December 1, 2008

We worship great performances like cathing the winning pass in the Super bowl.  But sometimes these ‘heroes’ are all wrong for us….

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Trouble-prone Giants receiver Plaxico Burress desperately tried to sidestep the law after shooting himself in the leg with an illegal handgun he carried into a Midtown nightclub – getting workers at the hot spot and at a top city hospital to lie for him, sources told The Post yesterday.

By MURRAY WEISS, LARRY CELONA and ERIC LENKOWITZ
The New York Post

In a Jan. 29, 2008 file photo New York Giants wide receiver ... 
In a Jan. 29, 2008 file photo New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is seen during media day for the Super Bowl XLII football game in Glendale, Ariz. Buress is expected to turn himself in to police in New York Monday Dec. 1, 2008 to face weapons charges.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia/file)

Details of the hectic hours Burress spent trying to conceal his bone-headed blunder emerged as he said he would surrender to the NYPD today. Detectives last night seized the .40-caliber gun from his New Jersey home.

His web of deceit included:

* Taking his gun from the Midtown club Latin Quarter, where workers never called authorities and even cleaned up afterward.

* Spending about 90 minutes making frantic calls to figure out where his wound could be discreetly treated.

* Getting special treatment at New York-Cornell Hospital, where he gave his name as Harris Smith, saying he’d been shot at an Applebee’s restaurant. Nonetheless, hospital workers recognized him as Plaxico Burress, sources said, and the gunshot was not reported, as required by law.

Police found the gun last night at the Super Bowl hero’s Totowa home, sources said, after they were told it was in his kitchen. He was not home at the time.

He plans to turn himself in at the 17th Precinct station house, said his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman.

Burress, 31, will be slapped with a felony gun charge and plead not guilty, his lawyer said.

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A hero you can rely upon….

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Former NFL Player, Human Superstar, Crushed by Drugs, Alcohol

November 9, 2008

“He was a man amongst boys….”  He was astrong-willed renaissance man, admired by friends.  The son of a Gaithersburg surgeon, the charming focal figure of some Montgomery Village kids…  barbecue perfectionist and restaurateur, the former undrafted free agent who carved out a nine-year NFL career on the offensive line, and the husband and father of three… 

By Andrew Astleford
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, November 9, 2008; Page D01

On the last night of his life, Tom McHale arrived at the suburban Tampa apartment of Martin Jackson, a 29-year-old furniture salesman McHale had met only a few months earlier at the drug rehabilitation clinic they attended. McHale had been staying at the one-bedroom apartment in Wesley Chapel, Fla., after a falling-out with his wife.

According to the account Jackson later gave Pasco County sheriff deputies, McHale was drunk when he stumbled through the doorway at 10 p.m. At some point, he inhaled cocaine and swallowed no fewer than three Xanax pills. He also told Jackson he was looking forward to going to rehab the next day.

At 8:30 the next morning, according to Jackson’s account, Jackson awoke to find McHale sitting on his couch, crumpling a just-finished can of Coca-Cola and eating leftover pie. Then McHale got up, walked past the clothes that were strewn about, entered the apartment’s lone bedroom and settled into the ruffled sheets on Jackson’s bed.

About 45 minutes later, Jackson noticed that McHale wasn’t breathing. He called 911, dragged McHale onto the floor and administered CPR. McHale vomited just as paramedics arrived, but they could not revive him.

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Cowboys’ Pacman Jones enters alcohol treatment

October 20, 2008

Suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has entered an alcohol treatment center.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the player checked into a facility “in another part of the country.” The treatment plan is overseen by the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys' Adam 'Pacman' Jones prepares to participate ... 
Dallas Cowboys’ Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones prepares to participate in practice at the Cowboys training facility in Irving, Texas, Thursday Oct. 9, 2008. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones indefinitely for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Adam Jones was suspended for at least four games by the league last Tuesday. He had been involved in an alcohol-related scuffle with one of his bodyguards at a private party in Dallas. That came only six weeks after he was reinstated from a 17-month suspension because of repeated legal troubles.

Jerry Jones spoke Monday after a news conference about a company the Cowboys are starting with the New York Yankees to handle concessions and merchandise sales at their new stadiums.

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NFL: Pain Game

February 3, 2008

By Michael Leahy
The Washington Post
(Sunday Magazine)
February 3, 2008

Long after winning his Super Bowl ring, Dave Pear says his life is now a ‘torture chamber’ of pain. Can he and other injured retirees force the NFL to rethinkits financial responsibilities to the generations that helped build the league?

He is shuffling around his house in a heavy winter coat, the collar pulled snug to ward off the terrible chill he feels. Three decades ago, he played professional football for six seasons, made it to an all-star game, won a Super Bowl ring. Nowadays, his ravaged body is betraying him. “I’m so cold,” he mutters, and shivers. “You cold?”
National Football League
No, I say.

“I’m freezing,” he says.

It’s football season, the time of year hardest on Pear’s body and spirit. All the football talk on TV — and in the Seattle suburb where he lives — just serves as a bitter reminder to Pear of what has happened to his life and what he thinks the National Football League owes him.

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Sean Taylor, 24, Redskin, Dead

November 27, 2007

MIAMI – Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died early Tuesday, a day after the Pro Bowl player was shot at home by what police say was an intruder. He was 24.  

Washington Redskins fans stood vigil for Sean Taylor on Monday night at the team’s training complex. Meanwhile, teammates and coaches offered their own prayers for a player that they said had matured beyond the early troubles of his NFL career.

“This is the worst imaginable tragedy,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean’s family.”

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The shooting, called a “deliberate attack” by Redskins vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato was reported to police at 1:46 a.m. Monday by Taylor’s girlfriend. Taylor’s house had been broken into a week earlier.

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Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs talks about Redskins star safety Sean Taylor during a news conference, Monday, Nov. 26, 2007 in Ashburn, Va. Taylor was in critical condition Monday after surgery for a gunshot wound to his leg during what police are investigating as a possible armed robbery at his home. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Taylor, 24, the fifth overall pick of the 2004 draft by the Redskins, was airlifted in critical condition to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment, police said.The Miami Herald reported that Taylor and other occupants of the house heard intruders at the rear door and that Taylor was shot in the leg, but police said they could not confirm those details.“We’ve yet to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting,” Miami-Dade Police spokeswoman Kathy Webb said.Miami-Dade police Lt. Nancy Perez, speaking to reporters outside Taylor’s home, said Taylor “was shot in the lower extremities. He was airlifted to Ryder Trauma (center at Jackson Memorial Hospital) in critical condition.”Taylor, a college star with the University of Miami, bought the four-bedroom home in Palmetto Bay, a village just south of Miami, for $900,000 two years ago.Taylor had five interceptions this season but had been sidelined the last two weeks with a leg injury.
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Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder leaves Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida, November 26, 2007, after visiting for Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor who was shot at his home. Taylor, 24, who was the Redskins first pick in the 2004 draft, was airlifted to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment and is in critical condition, police said. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES)

Vick Dog In Slammer; Wants a Mike Tyson Free Ride

November 19, 2007


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 19, 2007

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has begun serving his prison sentence so he can get out of custody as soon as possible.
The length of Vick’s sentence won’t be determined until next month.
Steve Blando, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshal’s Service headquarters in Washington, confirmed that Vick turned himself into custody but would not provide additional details. The Associated Press reported that Vick is being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va.“From the beginning, Mr. Vick has accepted responsibility for his actions and his self surrender further demonstrates that acceptance,” Billy Martin, one of Vick’s lawyers, said in a statement.

“Michael wants to again apologize to everyone [who] has been hurt in this matter and he thanks all of the people who have offered him and his family prayers and support during this time.”

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, who will sentence Vick on Dec. 10, signed an order Monday to allow the U.S. Marshal’s Service to take Vick into custody.

Vick, who surrendered to authorities in Richmond, was put in custody “based solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of a violation of any condition of his bond,” Hudson wrote.

In August, Vick pleaded guilty for his role in a dogfighting operation known as Bad Newz Kennels at his former property in Surry County, Va. Vick acknowledged financing the operation beginning in 2001 through this past spring. In a plea agreement, Vick admitted the operation involved the “victimization and killing of pit bull dogs.”

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Vick faces between 12 and 18 months in prison, although Hudson could impose a sentence below or above that range if he sees fit.

“The sooner he gets in, the better it is for him if he wants to play football again,” said Atlanta criminal defense attorney Jerry Froelich, who has followed Vick’s case. “He should have gone into custody right away.”

Staff writers Jeremy Redmon and D. Orlando Ledbetter contributed to this article.

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Vick must repay $20 million from bonus

October 10, 2007

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons are entitled to recover nearly $20 million in bonus money paid to disgraced quarterback Michael Vick, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. The players’ union vowed to appeal.

Stephen B. Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor and special master who led last week’s arbitration hearing, sided with the team after hearing from Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay and attorneys from the NFL Players Association, which represented Vick.

The Falcons argued that Vick, who pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in a long-running dogfighting operation, knew he was in violation of the contract when he signed a $130 million deal in December 2004.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick grimaces on the sideline after being helped off the field during the second half of a football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in this Dec. 31, 2006 file photo in Philadelphia. The Falcons are entitled to recover nearly US$20 million in bonus money paid to Vick, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

AP Photo: Atlanta Falcons
(former) starting QB Michael
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Infamous return: O. J. Again in the News

September 18, 2007

By Phil Taylor
Sports Illustrated.com
September 18, 2007

It’s as if O.J. Simpson was afraid that Michael Vick or Adam “Pacman” Jones was a threat to his title of America’s Most Reviled Sports Figure, so he decided to get himself back in the news and remind us that when it comes to athletes who have ruined their once-good names, Simpson is still the undisputed heavyweight champion.

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