This past weekend was filled with an unusual sense of excitement for New York Giants football star Plaxico Burress. The All-Pro wide receiver and recent Super Bowl winner decided it was best that he carry his .40 glock out to a club. “Accidently” going off, Burress ended up shooting himself and having to go to the emergency room. By law, required to inform police authorities of any gun related injury, the hospital, New York Giants, NFL, and Burress felt no need to inform authorities.
First, I must mention how stringent the gun laws are in New York. I commend them very much for something that constantly plagues other great cities around the world. Innocent people are being shot and killed; police officers are being shot and killed all because of ignorant usage of guns. Not to mention that Burress was carrying the gun illegally, he now faces felony charges.
ESPN has a great piece that covers athletes and their decisions to carry guns and own them. Many feel that it is necessary to carry a concealed weapon for protection. Others in the world are envious of what they have, and the athletes feel they need to protect themselves from this impending danger’s. Such athletes as the Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce, Houston Astros outfielder Luke Scott, former Indiana Pacers shooting guard Stephen Jackson have all been in the news regarding their usage or feeling the need to use guns for protection.
I think it is very unfortunate that certain athletes feel the need to carry guns with them. Professional athletes need to conduct themselves in a manner that portrays a person dedicated and motivated to improving our society. Athletes that take it a little too far; relations with the wrong people, continual party-hopping, and anything of the sort, create situations unfavorable to them. I think a lot of the athletes that feel the need to carry a gun, do so to feed their ego. In some circumstances, athletes have viable reasons to do such a thing.
The Giants will be without Burress for the rest of the season as he has been suspended by the NFL for the last four games. It will certainly be interesting to see what legal actions are taken against Plax. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that he should be held to the highest penalty possible; max three year sentence for Burress’ case, and the mayor looks to prosecute to the fullest. Another NFL player and athlete in general riddled with too many outside problems.