Giants' Burress posts $100,000 bail on charges of illegal gun possession

Nfl Notes

December 02, 2008|By From Sun news services

Taken to court in handcuffs, Plaxico Burress posted $100,000 bail on weapons possession charges yesterday in New York as a frenzy grew around the case of the Giants' star wide receiver who accidentally shot himself in a nightclub.

Authorities said teammate Antonio Pierce was being investigated over his role in the shooting, while the Super Bowl champion Giants weren't sure what action they would take against Burress. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg also weighed in, saying it would be an outrage "if we didn't prosecute to the fullest extent of the law."

Burress shot himself in the right thigh at the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan about 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. He did not have a permit to carry a handgun in New York.

Burress was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which could result in at least 3 1/2 years in prison. He was not required to enter a plea yesterday and is due back in court March 31.

More Giants: : Wide receiver Steve Smith was the victim of an armed holdup in the early hours of last Tuesday morning, apparently by the driver who took him to his home in a gated community in Clifton, N.J., an NFL source told Newsday. After returning from a night out with friends, Smith was ordered to give up his jewelry and cash. The assailant then left the scene, and Smith called police. Smith played in Sunday's win over the Redskins. Burress was aware of the incident, a league source told the newspaper.

Browns: : Quarterback Derek Anderson is out for the rest of the season after tearing a knee ligament late in Sunday's loss to the Colts. A magnetic resonance imaging revealed Anderson, a former Raven who was a Pro Bowl player last season, tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee when he was sacked. He will not have surgery and will need up to six weeks to recover.

Bengals: : Safety Marvin White played most of Sunday's loss against the Ravens on torn knee ligaments, and now he will miss the rest of the season. Tests on White's right knee found that he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the first half against the Ravens. He didn't realize the severity of the injury and stayed in.

London game: : The Patriots will play the Buccaneers next season at Wembley Stadium, the third straight year the NFL will stage a regular-season game in the British capital.

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