Burress turns himself in.
- From: Jim Beam <Tenbeers1515@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 12:42:46 -0800 (PST)
Police investigating hospital in Burress shooting
By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer
49 minutes ago
Plaxico Burress surrenders Monday
More NFL Videos NEW YORK (AP)—Plaxico Burress was led out of a police
precinct in handcuffs Monday after surrendering on a weapons
possession charge, and authorities said that teammate Antonio Pierce
is being investigated over his role in an accidental shooting at a
Burress was silent but held his head high as he was led out of the
police station, where a crowd that included Giants fans hovered nearby
with cell phone cameras. Burress planned to plead not guilty to the
charge during a Monday court appearance, said defense lawyer Benjamin
The star wide receiver who helped the New York Giants win the Super
Bowl accidentally shot himself at a nightclub Friday evening and was
treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical
Center. He was released Saturday.
The episode set off a frenzy that showed no signs of letting up
Monday: Police said the case could expand beyond Burress, with
authorities investigating Pierce and the hospital for failing to
report the shooting. The NFL is closely monitoring the developments as
A more detailed timeline of the evening also emerged. Police said
Pierce, Burress and running back Derrick Ward arrived at the Latin
Quarter nightclub with two other people around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Burress had been allowed to bypass security, even though they knew he
was armed, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on
condition of anonymity. The club is said to be fully cooperating in
Around 12:05 a.m., as Burress was being escorted to a VIP area with a
drink in one hand, he somehow ended up fumbling his gun and it
discharged, hitting his thigh. Pierce was with him when that occurred,
It’s believed Pierce took Burress to the car and then left with him,
according to police. The .40-caliber Glock was found in the glove
compartment of Pierce’s Cadillac Escalade, but it’s unclear who put
the weapon there.
Police are trying to figure out what happened in the two hours that
followed. Burress showed up at the hospital around 2:20 a.m, and was
discharged at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Police said they had to track Burress down by canvassing local
hospitals, and he had been discharged from New York-Presbyterian by
the time detectives got there Saturday. An administrator then refused
to give detectives information, citing privacy rules, police said.
The gun was eventually recovered at Burress’ house in New Jersey,
The case drew the wrath of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has waged a
long fight against illegal guns during his time in office. He called
for a full prosecution of state law that requires mandatory prison for
carrying a loaded handgun.
“I don’t think anybody should be exempt from that, and I think it
would be an outrage if we didn’t prosecute to the fullest extent of
the law, particularly people who live in the public domain, make their
living because of their visibility—they’re the role models for our
kids,” Bloomberg said.
He also lashed out at the hospital, based on the allegation that
officials may not have properly reported the shooting.
“It’s just an outrage that the hospital didn’t do what they were
legally required to do. It’s a misdemeanor, it’s a chargeable offense,
and I think the district attorney should certainly go after the
management of this hospital. The lame excuse that they didn’t know—
this is a world-class hospital,” he said.
New York Giants wide receiver …
AP - Dec 1, 2:20 pm EST
A call to the hospital seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Brafman refused to respond to media reports about an alleged coverup,
other than to say: “I think a lot of what’s been in the press is not
Burress arrived at a police station early Monday in his Cadillac
Escalade wearing jeans and a black coat. Burress, who was not visibly
limping, did not speak to the media.
“He is standing tall. He is a mature adult,” said Brafman, a well-
known defense lawyer who represented hip-hop impresario Sean “Diddy”
Combs on a bribery and gun possession charge in 2001. “I think any
professional athlete in this situation would be concerned.”
He said Burress is feeling OK. “If they let him play, he will be able
to play. … I think he will be a superstar for the rest of his career.”
“My hope is that it plays out well and he can continue his career,
because he’s a good person I think, with a brilliant athletic career.
And it would be a terrible sadness if an isolated incident could ruin
a life,” said Brafman.
Pierce deflected several questions after Sunday’s game against the
Washington Redskins. He wouldn’t say whether he has a lawyer and when
asked if he is concerned about his own situation, Pierce replied: “No.
I’m fine where I’m at.
New York Giants wide receiver …
AP - Dec 1, 1:43 pm EST
“I am not answering any questions about the incident that happened
Friday night. If you have anything to say about the Washington
Redskins, this game and moving forward, I’ll answer it. Anything else,
I’m not answering.”
Ward said he wasn’t with Burress on Friday night, and learned of the
shooting on Saturday along with other teammates. He said the last time
he saw Burress was “that afternoon (Friday), right after practice.”
Asked if he would say where he was Friday night, Ward said: “It
doesn’t really matter where I was. It just matters that I wasn’t with
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he spoke to his players about Burress’
situation but wouldn’t get into specifics.
“We all are upset about what happened with Plaxico, and hopefully he’s
going to be fine and so on and so forth. That’s our first concern,”
Reese and Giants president and CEO John Mara said they hadn’t spoken
to Burress, who hurt his hamstring two weeks ago. “I reached out to
him,” Reese said. “I did not get a return phone call.”
AP - Dec 1, 1:42 pm EST
Mara repeatedly said the Giants would cooperate with the police and
the NFL in their investigations.
“This is a law enforcement matter and we are continuing to cooperate
fully with the police,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.
“In addition, it will be reviewed under our league policies.”
Burress caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the Giants’ Super Bowl
victory against the New England Patriots in February, following a
regular season in which he scored a career-high 12 TDs. He was
rewarded with a $35 million, five-year contract.
Burress has 35 catches for 454 yards and four touchdowns while
constantly drawing double coverage this season.
Off the field, he was suspended for a game against Seattle in October
and fined $117,500 for missing a team meeting and failing to notify
the Giants of his absence. He said he had a family emergency.
Associated Press Writer Tom Hays in New York, Sports Writer Howard
Fendrich in Landover, Md. and Football Writer Dave Goldberg
contributed to this report.
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