Why Plaxico Burress Was out of Line Criticizing Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets stands on the field before a pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on September 1, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Plaxico Burress is back. He's out of prison and back in New York plying his trade with the New York Jets. He's also back to his petulant ignorant best after his recent comments in an interview with Men's Journal.

Burress' willingness to return to New York appears to be simply to spite the New York Giants, former teammate Eli Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin in particular.

In recently opening up to Men's Journal, Burress revealed himself as trying to play the victim. In a sense he was the victim, but when you shoot yourself in the leg, you are also the criminal.

Whatever about Manning not being his friend, his comments about Coughlin are incredible.

Now, Coughlin has never been much of a player's coach. He is a disciplinary coach that appears to run football teams like more of a machine than a family. He has never been popular nor has he ever really cared about being liked, which was evidenced by the nature of Steve Smith's departure this year.

Burress had this to say to Men's Journal about Coughlin:

“After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was ‘sad and disappointing,’ ” Burress said. “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.”

Hold on. Your situation? You mean the time you brought a gun into a nightclub in a city that has very strict rules against handling guns, and you shot yourself in the leg by accident?

You had a bullet in your leg because you shot yourself. Don't act like you were the victim of some sort of crime against you that wasn't of your own doing. You were the criminal. You weren't sent to prison for no reason. You want concern? When you are the one carrying the gun, you are not the concern, it is the people around you that deserve the concern.

Burress claims that he is paid too much to be treated like a kid. No, you're just paid too much as all professional athletes are and you have lost perspective of the world we all live in.

Carrying a gun and being so reckless with it that you shot yourself in the leg makes you a kid. You have kids of your own, what if you had accidentally shot one of them? What if another person like you had gone to that kind of club and accidentally shot one of your kids? Would you have concern for them?

Plaxico Burress has obviously not become centered after his time in prison. He has no contrition, he is a 35-year-old child that is another problem waiting to happen.

What is his reply to criticism?

“What are you doing now? 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.”

It's good to see he has learned his lesson and now fully appreciates the second chance that he is lucky to have.

You would think that Burress would have learned from Michael Vick's stint in prison and understood how lucky he was. Vick's actions were much worse, but it is much more easy to forgive a man who accepts responsibility for his actions.

There's no point forgiving a childish, ignorant fool who doesn't understand the seriousness of his actions.