Giants WR Burress suffers accidental gunshot wound

Nov 29, 2008 - 11:26 PM By PA SportsTicker

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- New York Giants star wide receiver Plaxico Burress was released from the hospital Saturday, one day after he was accidentally shot in the leg.

It was unclear if Burress shot himself or was the victim of a shooting at a New York City nightclub, although multiple media outlets reported it was the former.

Burress was hospitalized with gunshot injuries Friday night that were not believed to be life-threatening. FOX Sports initially reported the incident.

The Giants released a statement on the condition of Burress, who was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. EST, according to the team

"We are aware of the fact that Plaxico was involved in an apparent accidental shooting last night," the statement said. "We have been in contact with Plaxico since shortly after the incident. Plaxico suffered a wound to his right thigh. Obviously, our primary concern is for Plaxico's health and well-being.

"We have been in touch with NFL Security on this matter. At this point, we are attempting to gather all the facts surrounding this incident. This incident could become a matter for law enforcement officials, and because of that, we have no comment on any of the details."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email Saturday that the league is working with the Giants "to determine the facts."

Burress has not practice all week due to an ailing hamstring and already had been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, the New York Daily News reported that the 31-year-old Burress accidentally shot himself Friday night.

Yahoo! Sports, citing multiple sources, reported that Burress' wound was minor and that doctors told him he could be back on the field in two weeks.

ESPN.com reported that the shooting occurred at the Latin Quarter, a midtown nightclub that advertised a "VIP Nook, sportsmen galore ... with man hands pulling lady legs around their waists."

A promoter who books private parties at the club told PA SportsTicker he was not aware of anything unusual Friday night, although he noted the massive structure features two floors, two VIP lounges and holds 1,300 people. He added that if the shooting occurred in one of the VIP rooms, it would not be noticed by patrons at the club.

Burress, who has 41 receptions for 454 yards and four touchdowns, aggravated the hamstring injury early in Sunday's 37-29 triumph over the Arizona Cardinals and has not practiced this week.

It has already been a tumultuous season for Burress, who missed the team's October 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks after being suspended for missing a team meeting.

Burress, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension prior to the season, also was involved in a sideline confrontation with coach Tom Coughlin during a game and has been fined multiple times for a total of approximately $200,000.

The Record of Bergen County also reported last month that police responded to two domestic disturbance calls at the home of the star wide receiver in the past six months.

Temporary restraining orders were obtained in both instances after Burress' wife, Tiffany, had phoned the police, according to the newspaper. During the second incident, in August, Tiffany Burress claimed she had left her husband at a New York nightclub following an argument between the pair.

Burress led the Giants with 70 receptions for 1,025 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns last season, despite being unable to practice virtually the entire season because of an ankle injury.

He capped off his memorable 2007 season by hauling in the winning touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining that lifted the Giants to a stunning 17-14 upset of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

In his first three-plus seasons with the Giants, Burress has 227 receptions for 3,486 yards and 30 touchdowns. He has 18 catches for 259 yards and a TD this season.






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