Why Should Plaxico Burress Get His Money?

Jerry FrasierContributor IApril 7, 2009

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress tries to warm his hand as 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)

Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress won his grievance filed against the Giants and regained his $1 million bonus.

But I don't think Burress should have received this money after being cut from the team.

Burress was having a decent season until he shot himself in the foot, both literally and figuratively. Doing so may have cost the Giants a shot at repeating as Super Bowl Champions, and now he faces jail time.

Why should Burress receive this money?

He faces up to three years in prison, which would cause him to miss up to three years of playing time—the reason the Giants cut him in the first place.

If Burress is going to miss playing time because of his stupidity and inability to follow the law, he should not receive his bonus. He has a contract to play a certain amount of seasons, and the contract should be voided.

I don't know why the NFL always sides with the players and not the teams.

It is only out of fear of a strike by the players association that the NFL sides with the players. The teams deserve more of a say in these cases, and more appreciation by the NFL.

I just don't think Burress deserves his bonus.