Plaxico Burress. Plaxico Burress, star wide receiver for the world champion New York Giants, turned himself in to authorities today after accidentally shooting himself in the leg Friday night at a Manhattan nightclub. (I don't believe this story for one second.) Burress's lawyer argued that "he had 35 million reasons to come back to court" therefore no bail needed to be set. (Wouldn't he have those $35 million reasons NOT to go to a club with a gun?)
It is a privilege to play in the NFL. Plaxico Burress, Adam (Pac Man) Jones and many others need to understand that playing in the NFL is not a right. The enormous stupidity that these athletes show is almost understandable. Yes, I said it was almost understandable. These athletes get everything in our society. In junior high school and high school teachers take it easy on them. Other students do their homework. They are treated like royalty. All they have to do is shoot a basketball or throw a football. When they get to college, the treatment continues. They get paid to turn on sprinklers. Alumni will try to figure out a way to slip them some cash or a car or even a house -- ask Reggie Bush. Yep, I'm playa hatin'!!
Then, they get to the NFL. The spotlight of celebrity is now upon them. Local newspapers cannot cover up their shenanigans as a matter of fact the local newspapers try to expose their exploits. Now, everything is different. Unfortunately, these athletes who've gotten away with everything have a hard time adjusting.
Let me ask three basic questions -- first, why do you need to go to a club where you think you have to have a gun with you? Secondly, you make a lot of money why can't you hire bodyguards to protect you? Let them get in for carrying concealed weapons. Finally, it is two days before a big football game against your arch rivals the Washington Redskins why are you out at the club anyway?
I don't think that I'm going out on a limb by saying that Plaxico Burress is not a genius. Nowhere else in the world could he make $35 million in 3 - 5 years. He can't make that kind of money working at Wal-Mart or at Sanford's junkyard or on Wall Street (especially these days). Plaxico Burress and other athletes like him should follow their knees and thank God that they can run and catch a football and get paid handsomely for it.
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