Plax Talk

Surely you've heard by now that Plaxico Burress' initial comments upon returning to the Giants on Oct. 6 raised more than a few eyebrows – and rankled plenty of fans and media members, alike. TGI is now going to try its best to translate some of Plax's words. What follows are portions of his welcome-back press conference – and our best interpretation of what he actually meant.

Q: How does it feel to be back?

Plax: It is good, man. It feels good.

TGI: Of course I feel good. The Giants halved my fine for no apparent reason and I just got to spend two weeks on vacation.

Q: What have been your emotions from the time that they told you of the decision, to going through the two-week absence, to going through the appeal, to watching your team win big, and now to come back?

Plax: My emotions were they suspended me and that was the decision that they chose to do and I took it at that. I didn't lose any sleep over it. It gave me some rest and I was able to get away for a little while and chill out and relax. Things like that happen and I put it behind me and keep on moving forward and get back to doing what I do – catching footballs and scoring touchdowns – and get back to work.

TGI: You think I really care about one football game? Would you lose sleep over it, because I surely didn't? Now I can just go back to playing football. Don't think for a second that I'm going to do much more than just football. All that team responsibility stuff is for everybody else, not me.

Q: Can you shed any light as to what happened (the day) you didn't show up for work?

Plax: I ran into some family issues as far as taking my son to school and things like that. It was not like I purposely missed out or that was my intention. It just seemed to happen that way and I didn't feel any reason to explain to them what happened or why I missed because I don't feel it is really anybody's business. It is like I told them, if I had a decision to make as far as my family and my son and things like that, I wouldn't change anything about it and I would still make the same decision to do that. Maybe I would have put a phone call in, but that probably would have been the only thing. As far as things like that, I am going to always put those things first and I think that is one thing that people have to understand, but I don't have any regrets for it.

TGI: Anyone who doesn't think this is going to happen again – and probably soon – is totally fooling themselves. I didn't even consider calling the Giants because at the end of the day, I just didn't feel like it. Sure they pay me millions to play a game, but I don't owe them anything. And yes, despite what you must be thinking, it does take pretty much all day to take a kid to school these days.

Q: Didn't you feel a responsibility to let your employer know why you wouldn't be showing up for work?

Plax: It is like I said, maybe I could have put a phone call in, but the fact of the matter is that they told you guys that I didn't speak to them, which is not true. They called my house Monday night, they talked to my wife, I talked to them on the phone, I talked to Jerry Reese on Tuesday, so if I didn't talk to them then how did I know that I had to meet with them on Wednesday? So them talking about how I didn't talk to them at all that is not true and they know that. I guess that sheds a little bit more light on the situation, but the idea that I didn't talk to them at all, that is not true at all.

TGI: You bet I'm going to try to turn this around on them. So what's the big deal that I didn't touch base until hours and hours after I skipped coming to the stadium? They can blame me for skipping out on mandatory team stuff, but they know that I called. How dare they try to pass this off on me? They're just lucky that I actually showed up on that Wednesday so they could suspend me in person.

Q: Was taking your son to school a family emergency?

Plax: Yes, it was. I felt it was and the situation that I had to deal with that morning as far as my son… I made the right decision and I don't have any regrets about the decision that I made at all. All of that got blown out of proportion, which is fine with me, I have dealt with bigger things in my life, so just what I told them I will tell you guys: if I had to make the decision again, I would do the same. I would probably put in a phone call and deal with it that way, but as far as me feeling sorry for myself or getting down on myself, I don't worry about that. My job is to show up to work, which I didn't do that day, go out on the football field on Sundays and catch footballs, and that is what I do. That is what my job asks me to do.

TGI: You guys can keep trying, but I'm not sorry about any of this and you can't make me sound like I am. Actually, even though I had close to two weeks to prepare to sound contrite and apologetic, I can't and I won't. I want everyone in the world, including my teammates and fans, to know that I care only about myself and my family. The only thing the Giants pay me to do is catch the football. You want more than that, like attending and actually staying awake in meetings, then you better look to Amani. He's the professional one around here. Everyone knows that.

Q: How did your talk with Coach Coughlin go and do you feel it was productive as far as you being on the same page?

Plax: As far as the same page, I know what he expects. As far as being on the same page, we hit and miss sometimes and things like that. We had a conversation and we talked and I listened and didn't really have too much to say and we just move on from there.

TGI: Coach still needs to get the stick out of his rear end and it seems like he still hates me. Nothing new there.

Q: There have been reports that you have been fined 40-50 times during your time with the Giants. How accurate would you say that is?

Plax: I really don't know the amount of times, but I do know that I have been fined quite a bit and some things and some of the demands that they ask me to do, I just don't meet. Do I have an excuse for them? No. Maybe I have a problem with time or something, I don't know. I haven't been able to quite put my finger on it, but yeah, I have been fined quite a few times. It hasn't really bothered me or affected me though. Like I said, when I step on the field it is time to play and that is what I do. If I don't do things the right way as far as getting there on time or treatments so to speak, I deal with it and get over it and concentrate on my job.

TGI: How many more times do I have to make myself clear?! I don't care. And to continue to try to prove it, I'm going to make a joke about keeping time. They can fine me all they want. It's not going to change how I handle myself in the least.

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