Giant’s Plaxico Burress shoots self www.privateofficer.com
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Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress Plaxico Burress caught a bullet in his leg while fumbling with a gun in the vestibule of a Manhattan nightclub, sources said.
The trouble-plagued gridiron star blasted himself through his right thigh just after midnight near the VIP entrance to the LQ nightclub on Lexington Avenue and had to be hospitalized, sources familiar with the incident said.
Burress, 31, was allegedly trying to get into the hot spot with fellow Giants player Antonio Pierce when they were confronted by security guards looking for weapons.
The Super Bowl hero, who caught the game-winning catch in the Giants’ big win over the Patriots in January, admitted to the guards that he was carrying heat.
He then allegedly moved over to a secluded area away from the club’s velvet rope with a guard and started taking the gun out.
It’s not clear exactly what happened next, but Burress apparently started trying to unload the bullets from the gun and bobbled it. A shot went off accidentally, ripping through his leg.
At first, security tried to call an ambulance, but Burress refused. He took himself to Cornell Medical Center, where he was treated and released at 2 p.m. today.
It was not clear what kind of pistol Burress shot himself with or where he got it. He has an expired license to carry a gun in Florida, which would not have allowed him to have a gun in New York.
The bizarre shooting occurred shortly after the 6-foot-5, 232-pound native of Norfolk, Va., was scratched from today’s game against the Washington Redskins because of a hamstring injury.
Team brass were scrambling for answers.
“We are aware of the fact that Plaxico was involved in an apparent accidental shooting last night,” the team said in a written statement.
“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, and given the circumstances, we are relieved to say he was released from a New York City hospital.”
The LQ nightclub has a troubled history. In 2005, bodyguards for rapper Ja Rule allegedly shot two men, one fatally, at the club.
Burress, who signed a $35 million contract with the team in September, has been as big a magnet for problems as the nightclub.
Earlier this season, he was suspended for one game for failing to show up for practice without first calling the team. The punishment cost him $117,547 in lost pay. He was also fined $45,000 for verbally abusing an official.
More seriously, cops were twice called to his palatial home in Totowa, NJ, on reports of domestic disturbances
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