Locked Down and Loaded!
No surprise here… disgraced star receiver Plaxico Burress was indicted Monday afternoon! The New York Grand Jury, which heard testimony in the case last week, handed down three indictments in all… 2 for illegal weapons possession and one for reckless endangerment.
In a bold move, Burress himself testified before the Grand Jury, offering an apology he hoped would compel members of the jury to go easy on him. But with both the Lead Prosecutor and Mayor calling for blood in the media, there was little else they could do but throw the book at him.
Plax’s situation is now much more dire. After refusing to accept a plea deal that called for at least two years of jail time (and likely would have been shortened to a matter of months), Burress will go to trial with a mandatory three and half year sentence staring him in the face… a likely scenario considering Dummy shot himself in the leg with his own gun!
Even if he were to beat the system, his football career is probably over. No team has shown an interest in signing him, primarily due to the fact NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to determine what, if any, punishment he will receive from the League. And since Goodell has proven himself to be the League’s version of Judge Dread, you know there will be a price to pay. My guess is a minimum of 8 games, possibly even an entire year. When you add that to the fact Burress is turning 32 on the 12th of August, you can see why the odds aren’t in his favor of getting back to the grid iron anytime ever.
That of course is the best case scenario, one in which he beats the charges and avoids prison all together. In the worst case, Burress will likely spend a portion of his life behind bars, all for accidentally shooting himself. Burress endangered everyone in that club, but ultimately, he only hurt himself. It’s not that I condone what Plax did, not by a long shot (pun intended), but I also don’t think the guy should be incarcerated longer then both Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth put together. After all, it’s not like he killed anyone… other then his career!