Burress has his day in court

Public intoxication charges against Plaxico Burress may be dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next year.

A public intoxication charge against Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress will be dropped if Burress stays out of trouble for the next year, a Virginia Beach court ruled Wednesday. The 24-year-old Burress and his younger brother Carlos were arrested in early May near the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Plaxico Burress was charged with public intoxication, while his brother was charged with assaulting a police officer.

The younger Burress allegedly elbowed the officer in the face as he tried to put handcuffs on his brother. He has posted a $3,500 bond and has been released. A trial date for him has not been set.

Under NFL rules, the case was automatically reviewed by the NFL Players Association, which said Burress will likely undergo treatment as a result.

An arrest automatically triggers an evaluation by the league and this often results in the player being entered into a treatment program.

This is Burress' second run-in with the law in the past 12 months. He was issued a citation last year in Cleveland for violating carrying an open beer can on public streets.

Burress' latest run-in will not qualify as a strike under the league's substance abuse policy.


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