Plaxico Burress Rips Former Coach, Teammates and Fans
Johnnie WaltersSeptember 10, 2011
NFL player Plaxico Burress made sure he unleashed his ill feelings about former teammates, coaches and friends in the October issue of Men’s Journal.
Burress, a wide receiver who signed with the New York Jets upon completion of his nearly two-year prison sentence on a gun charge, ripped Coach Tom Coughlin, quarterback Eli Manning and Giants fans a new one.
“After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his (Coughlin) mouth was ‘sad and disappointing,’ ” Burress said, according to the Men’s Journal article, when asked about Coughlin’s reaction after Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York City nightclub in November 2008.
“I’m like, forget support — how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, ‘I’m glad you didn’t kill anybody!’ Man, we’re paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn’t realize that we’re grown men and actually have kids of our own.”
Burress continued to rant about Couglin, who he’s had a rocky relationship through the years.
“He’s not a real positive coach,” Burress said. “You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans — when their player makes a mistake, they take ’em to the side and say, ‘We’ll get ’em next time.’ But Coughlin’s on the sideline going crazy, man. I can’t remember one time when he tried to talk a player through not having a day he was having.”
Burress took a few shots at Eli Manning. He was upset that Manning didn’t visit him in prison.
“I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn’t on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin,” Burress said. “Then I went away, and I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years. I don’t want to say it was a slap in the face, but I thought our relationship was better than that.”
When Burress, 34, met with the Giants in July, Manning did not speak to Burress. He also told the media he would not lobby for a Burress return.
Burress biggest beef is that he didn’t like the way some fans treated him. He blamed it on fans being miserable in their personal lives.
“What are you doing now?” he said. “You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life? ‘Cause I’m back living my life and enjoying my family while you’re still doing the same thing.”
Burress said he received hate mail while in prison.
“I was a human pincushion; they were like, ‘Yeah, we finally got you, mother——‘” he said. “On the cover of the New York Post, it said ‘GIANT IDIOT!’ and I’m thinking, ‘Damn, I went and gave ’em what they wanted. I’m just another gun-toting, famous black athlete.’ ”
The NFL receiver acknowledges his mistake. If he could take back the club incident he would.
“I was an edge-goer at times, running the streets and living life and not spending time with my family,” Burruss told the magazine. “Or taking risks and not thinking about the consequences, which gave them the chance to take me down.”
Burress said a mouthful. Hopefully, for the Jets he keeps his mouth closed.
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