Burress blasts the Giants!
@SportsBata ..nuff said
NY Jets WR Plaxico Burress blast his former team, the NY Giants, in an interview with Men’s Journal in June. The interview was kept under wraps until he got situated in his new home with his new team, the NY Jets. Plaxico felt as many did in NY, that the Giants should have have has his back in the accidental gun shooting his own leg incident in NYC. Instead the Giants turned their backs, and Plaxico served three months under two years at his prime. He was a victim of gun control laws and mixed politics (Mayor Bloomberg), a good character that did not deserve that wrap. He talks about Coach Coughlin nasty attitude on the field, and how some of the Giants didn’t even show him support when he was locked up. Check it out!
“After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was ‘sad and disappointing,’ “ Burress said, according to the Men’s Journal article, when asked about Coughlin’s reaction after Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York City nightclub in November 2008.
“I’m like, forget support — how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, ‘I’m glad you didn’t kill anybody!’ Man, we’re paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn’t realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own.”
“He’s not a real positive coach,” Burress told Men’s Journal for the article that hits newsstands Sept. 16. “You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans — when their player makes a mistake, they take ’em to the side and say, ‘We’ll get ’em next time.’ But Coughlin’s on the sideline going crazy, man. I can’t remember one time when he tried to talk a player through not having a day he was having.”
“I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn’t on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin,” Burress said (about QB Eli Manning). “Then I went away, and I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years. I don’t want to say it was a slap in the face, but I thought our relationship was better than that.”
When Burress, 34, met with Giants brass in July, Manning was not present, and even told the media that he would not lobby management for the receiver’s return.
Manning has acknowledged that he didn’t visit Burress.
“I thought about (visiting Burress) a few times,” Manning said. “It just never worked out. Just one of those deals. As soon as he got out, called him a few weeks after and just talked to him for a little bit. It sounded like he learned a lot and it changed his life.”
Burress left behind a pregnant wife and a toddler son while serving his sentence.
“I told her, ‘Stop sending pictures because they eat me up so much.’ Me and her were arguing on the phone each day, ’cause I was locked down in a lot of pain, and she’s in pain about her life outside, being alone with a kid and seven months pregnant,” Burress told Men’s Journal. “Then at chow, these white officers are yelling, ‘You black mother——! You stupid f—— dumbass: You’re finished!’ It was the lowest point ever in my life.”
“The way (NYC Mayor) Bloomberg treated me was totally wrong, stacked those charges so high I had to go to jail,” Burress said.
In jail, “they treated me like a f—— axe murderer. 23-hour lockdown, noncontact visiting, and only a Bible to read,” Burress said. “Nobody deserves to live like that, man.”
Plaxico also received hate mail in prison.
“I was a human pincushion; they were like, ‘Yeah, we finally got you, mother——‘” he said. “On the cover of the New York Post, it said ‘GIANT IDIOT!’ and I’m thinking, ‘Damn, I went and gave ’em what they wanted. I’m just another gun-toting, famous black athlete.’ “
“What are you doing now?” he said. “You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life? ‘Cause I’m back living my life and enjoying my family while you’re still doing the same thing.”
In prison, though, Burress started to realize that he wasn’t just a victim, that he had chosen to take the gun into the club and “changed my life.” He knew he had to do things differently.
“I was an edge-goer at times, running the streets and living life and not spending time with my family,” he told the magazine. “Or taking risks and not thinking about the consequences, which gave them the chance to take me down.”
He said he was even treated poorly that Super Bowl season because he couldn’t practice due to right ankle and left knee injuries.
“It was hurtful that they didn’t have the courage (after the season) to admit they told me not to practice all year,” Burress said, specifically mentioning general manager Jerry Reese, according to the Men’s Journal article. “They let the media tear me apart, saying I was dogging practice, that I wasn’t a team player, all this sh–. The players thought I was pissing on ’em, and coach Coughlin hated it because he was out of the loop: The orders came from upstairs. And meanwhile, he’s on the sideline cursing me out ’cause I got a ball punched out against Green Bay. I just stared at him like, ‘Are you out of your fu—– mind? I got a separated shoulder and can’t run!’ “
He cleared the air with the Giants but signed a one-year, $3.017 million contract with the Jets. On Thursday after practice, Burress explained why he blasted the Giants.
“For me, there just comes a time when you want to get things off your chest and you just speak about it at that time and put it behind you,” said Burress, adding that he was “just being honest.” “I met with everybody over there (with the Giants) and I think everything went well. We had some good conversations, closure on the situation that happened with me, and everybody over there at that time. And I thought that everything was as good as it probably could have went.” – full excerpt courtesy espn