I Don't Want Plaxico, and You Shouldn't Either

Myke FurhmanCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an automobile dealer over what he owes in damages to a vehicle supplied to him by the dealership. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Who would have thought that the Super Bowl hero of two seasons ago would be without a team, and possibly without his freedom?

And who would have that that it would take four months for the New York Giants to finally do what they should have done a long time ago...cut Plaxico Burress?

I, for one, am surprised it even took this long.  Coach Tom Caughlin stood by his wideout, along with team President John K. Mara and GM Jerry Reese. 

They supported him for way too long, even after a quick guilty plea and months of trying to plea bargain to keep Plax out of prison, unlike Michael Vick, former quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons.

At least the Falcon's did it right...they let Vick go and didn't support his committing a felony.  They cut ties with their city's biggest hero, the quarterback who wore the number seven, and whose jersey was owned by almost every child and football fan in Georgia. 

Vick spent a year in prison, and now he's about to get out and begin working construction, as all good felons do. 

The Giants, however, looked foolish and indecisive allowing themselves to back Burress after he shot himself in the leg on November 29th.  And the fact that it took them this long to do something about it doesn't look good for the Super Bowl XLII Champions.

Burress stands at 12th all time on New York's career list for passes caught, in addition to 3,681 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns.  You don't thank your boss by shooting yourself, and your team, in the leg. 

The Giants lost four of the last five games of the season, all without Plaxico, and there's no question that he had a big part of it.

New York had to suspend Plaxico during the regular season for four games...the reason?  Conduct detrimental to the team.  And it happened when the G-Men hadn't lost a game, coming off of their magical Super Bowl run. 

He came back and only a few weeks later, when New York was poised to secure the top seed in the NFC, Plax thought it was a great idea to conceal a weapon in a crowded club. 

He also wore sweatpants, but that's a whole different article.

Now you're wondering about the title of this piece...about how Plaxico's without a job and how you're wrong if you think your team should hurry along and sign him...and if you think Burress is a perfect fit for you, think again. 

The Lions are bad enough without the clubhouse cancer that is Plaxico Burress. 

If you want my opinion, which I'm guessing that you do (since you're reading this article), I say give Plaxico a harsh sentence.  And if convicted, give him more than the three-and-a-half year minimum. 

He's had enough chances, paid enough fines, served enough suspensions.  So why should another team sign him?  Desperation?

He's already missing this year as he's begging to plea bargain, and that won't even happen until June 15.

Plaxico doesn't deserve a lucrative NFL contract...he deserves a star role on "The Longest Yard."  And he doesn't deserve to play professional football and to be a role model...he belongs in prison. 

Plaxico Burress is a criminal, a felon, and a disgrace...and it's about time that these high-profile criminals get what they deserve.