Plaxico Burress in trouble for tax evasion

Former New York Giant Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress is on the wrong side of the law again, but this time he might not to serve any hard jail time.

It’s being reported that former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has avoided jail time in relation to a tax evasion charge. If Burress were sent to jail, it would be the second such time since the start of his professional football career.

The wide receiver, who started his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Giants as a free agent prior to the 2005 season, spent time in jail following the 2008 campaign. With the Giants rolling towards one of three division titles they would win during the Eli Manning era, Burress shot himself in the thigh when the hand gun he was carrying in the pocket of his sweatpants accidentally fired.

The nightclub incident was one of several factors that led to the Giants falling to the Eagles in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs that year.

Although Burress was the only victim in the “shooting,” he was sent to jail for illegally carrying a gun. That caused him to sit out the entire 2009 and 2010 campaigns before returning to the NFL as a member of the Jets in 2011. Burress was surprisingly effective with 612 receiving yards and eight touchdowns that season, but after an ill-fated reunion with the Steelers in 2012, his NFL career came to an end.

Hopefully this latest speed bump in Burress’s life won’t have such a drastic impact on him. Who knows what the Giants could have accomplished with him had he just left his gun at home back in November 2008? Maybe everything stays the same, but perhaps the Giants find a way to defeat the Eagles and move on to their second straight Super Bowl.

It sure would have been fun to see Burress play against his old Steelers team on football’s biggest stage that year. Pittsburgh ended up winning the title with Burress and the Giants knocked out.

Even so, Burress was very productive during his four seasons with New York. He was brought in prior to Manning’s second season with the expectation that he would be a great touchdown threat, and the Michigan State alum did not disappoint. Burress caught 29 total touchdown passes in his first three years with the Giants, with his output increasing each season.

That successful stretch ended with Burress catching the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII. Days earlier, many had laughed when Burress predicted that the Giants would upset the undefeated New England Patriots, but in the end, it was the critics who looked like fools.

It would be nice to see what Burress’s career would look like if he had stayed out of trouble, but he certainly left a large mark on the Giants franchise. Hopefully he put enough money away during his career to repay Uncle Sam.


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It’s being reported that former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has avoided jail time in relation to a tax evasion charge. If Burress were sent to jail, it would be the second such time since the start of his professional football career.

The wide receiver, who started his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Giants as a free agent prior to the 2005 season, spent time in jail following the 2008 campaign. With the Giants rolling towards one of three division titles they would win during the Eli Manning era, Burress shot himself in the thigh when the hand gun he was carrying in the pocket of his sweatpants accidentally fired.

The nightclub incident was one of several factors that led to the Giants falling to the Eagles in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs that year.

Although Burress was the only victim in the “shooting,” he was sent to jail for illegally carrying a gun. That caused him to sit out the entire 2009 and 2010 campaigns before returning to the NFL as a member of the Jets in 2011. Burress was surprisingly effective with 612 receiving yards and eight touchdowns that season, but after an ill-fated reunion with the Steelers in 2012, his NFL career came to an end.

Hopefully this latest speed bump in Burress’s life won’t have such a drastic impact on him. Who knows what the Giants could have accomplished with him had he just left his gun at home back in November 2008? Maybe everything stays the same, but perhaps the Giants find a way to defeat the Eagles and move on to their second straight Super Bowl.

It sure would have been fun to see Burress play against his old Steelers team on football’s biggest stage that year. Pittsburgh ended up winning the title with Burress and the Giants knocked out.

Even so, Burress was very productive during his four seasons with New York. He was brought in prior to Manning’s second season with the expectation that he would be a great touchdown threat, and the Michigan State alum did not disappoint. Burress caught 29 total touchdown passes in his first three years with the Giants, with his output increasing each season.

That successful stretch ended with Burress catching the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII. Days earlier, many had laughed when Burress predicted that the Giants would upset the undefeated New England Patriots, but in the end, it was the critics who looked like fools.

It would be nice to see what Burress’s career would look like if he had stayed out of trouble, but he certainly left a large mark on the Giants franchise. Hopefully he put enough money away during his career to repay Uncle Sam.

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