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