Plaxico Burress was catching the Super Bowl winning touchdown less than two years ago. Today he was indicted on felony gun charges.
In case you don't follow sports, Burress was stashing a firearm in his sweatpants while at night club last fall when the gun went off in his pants and wounded him in the leg. So not only does he have to live with the embarrassment of shooting himself in the leg, he could face up to 15 years in jail.
While I am all for a man being punished for being an imbocile, Burress doesn't deserve to go to jail for an extended period of time. No one else was harmed. Burress wasn't threatening to shoot others when the gun went off. He just wore the wrong pair of pants. Well, he also was carrying a gun around illegally.
How could Burress get more than a month in jail when Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth only got 24 days in the big house? Stallworth was driving while drunk and high and killed a pedestrian. And Stallworth wasn't just drunk. He blew a .126.
So here we have a player who shot himself and harmed no one, and he will probably get at least a year in prison. Meanwhile, Stallworth has already served his 24 days. Stallworth did end up paying the family of his victim, the amount of which is unknown, but that just upsets me more. A man gets off easy because he has a big checkbook?
Now this entry has become more about Stallworth than Burress, and I'm OK with that. The man knowingly drank a lot and smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel. How messed up is that?
And Stallworth is not the only one. Athletes are constantly coming up in the news with DUI's, and they are rarely penalized for it. It's a joke and hopefully NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the other major sports' commissioners will crack down on this problem.
As for Burress. Give the man a break. With the shooting of Sean Taylor, it's easy to understand why NFL players would carry guns with them. They are easily identifiable people. While I don't condone athletes to lug guns around with them wherever they go, I also can't blame them.
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