Thursday, December 11, 2008

"What do you want me to do with this?"

by Dick Mac

I know this is an old story, but I have to pipe-in about it. Plaxico Burress, a football star from the World Champion New York Football Giants, took an illegal handgun into a Manhattan nightclub and shot himself in the leg. Considering the severity of the situation, the obvious conclusion is simple: this guy is an idiot.

But the problem runs deeper as the story is more complicated than that. His friend, Antonio Pierce (also of the World Champion New York Football Giants), and the nightclub staff helped cover-up the story, and the hospital that treated the gunshot wound failed to report it to the police.

Suddenly Burress and crew don't look like idiots, but like conspirators. Idiotic conspirators, true, but not just stupid people lacking basic mental faculties. These people have committed a crime and conspired to cover it up.

Plaxico Burress' attorney, Benjamin Brafman, says that "[Burress] is standing tall. He is a mature adult. . . . " No, he's an asshole, a thug, and a criminal, as are his friend, Antonio Pierce, and the owners of the Latin Quarter nightclub where Burress' crime was committed, and the doctor who treated Burress' gunshot wound and failed to report it to the police.All of them are liars, sneaks and criminals.

Burress has been suspended from the team. He can't play football anyhow, he's been shot in the leg; so nothing of consequence has happened to him yet; but, more importantly, nothing of consequence has happened to the doctor, the teammate, or the nightclub.

It's time for the prosecutors to level charges, for the team to punish Antonio Pierce, and the state to revoke the liquor license of the nightclub.

'Take me to a hospital:' NFL star’s night out
By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP)—It started as a typical Friday night at the Latin Quarter: exclusive guest list, $200 bottles of Moet champagne and well-dressed clientele lining up to pay a $30 cover charge to party at the swank Manhattan club.

Then a few very, very important people rolled up in a black Cadillac Escalade: New York Giant stars Plaxico Burress and Antonio Pierce. The two sauntered inside, heading for the VIP section amid the pulsing merengue and hip-hop, Burress with a loaded, illegal gun tucked into the waistband of his track pants.

Within an hour, the Latin Quarter would be a crime scene and the center of a drama that has transfixed the sports world and left Burress’ career in jeopardy.

One week later, authorities are still trying to piece together details of what happened that night. But interviews with investigators and those connected to the case paint a picture of chaos, extraordinary secrecy and a frustrating hunt for answers by the police department. Continue reading at Yahoo!

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