The Life and Times of One Plaxico A. Burress
Plaxico Burress had a rough childhood. The star wide receiver's mother died when he was young, and nothing -- except the ability to play football -- came easy. He said so himself in his book, Giant, the Road to the Super Bowl, the first chapter of which is available here.
Perhaps that's his way of explaining why he hasn't been able to stay out of trouble since... well, ever. His offenses (both alleged and confirmed) have been listed countless times, the most serious being the felony firearm charges he faces in New York after shooting himself in the leg last November.
We learned yesterday that Burress has some more legal trouble in Broward, where he owns a house in Lighthouse Point and a permit to legally carry a gun. But some of those troubles are going away. Burress had four traffic tickets dismissed after his lawyer told the court Burress did not receive information on how to pay or contest the tickets. He was charged with speeding, changing lanes in an unsafe manner, having improperly tinted windows, and improperly displaying a car tag.
Now TMZ is reporting that the officer who cited Burress says that not only was the teamless wide receiver a total dick to her but that she did, in fact, present him with all of the required reading -- and he carelessly tossed it into the back seat.
That incident occurred on March 1 of this year, after Burress was pulled over in Pompano Beach.
Sadly, Burress is accused of being rude to another police officer -- this time a different Broward Sheriff's deputy -- when he was pulled over on the westbound side of I-595 less than a month later. On March 18, Burress was allegedly cutting off drivers and weaving through traffic just after 10:30 a.m. The deputy pulled over Burress' black Toyota Sequoia, opened the rear door, and ordered him out. Burress, who was still talking on his cell phone, allegedly told the deputy: "You can't do that. Fuck you!"
Keep in mind, Burress has reportedly balked at plea deals offered to him in the New York case and will go to court June 15 there. He's scheduled to appear in a Broward County court on the outstanding "careless driving" charges on June 24.
Interestingly, last week (before news of the Broward charges broke) The New York Times had a story on Burress' history of avoiding punishment -- usually because of his skills on a football field. The writer points to an interesting source on just how much Burress gets away with -- the confessions he makes in his own book. Among other things, Burress admits to sleeping through workouts and showing up to practice drunk.
Something tells me Plaxico Burress will be visiting jail (or a prison, if he's not so lucky) very soon. It'll be tough, but just think of how much time he'll have to work on his second book.