Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Failure to plan is planning to fail (UPDATED)

New York Giant wide receiver, Plaxico Burress, is being charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon after accidentally shooting himself Friday night at a Manhattan nightclub.

After learning that New York state law allows for a jail sentence of 3-1/2 to 5 years for illegal possession of a firearm, we wondered if Plax might have been better served by actually committing a crime with said firearm whereby his potential jail time would be reduced to 2-3 years with time off for good behavior.

UPDATE #1: ESPN Radio would appear to have difficulties grasping some basic journalistic practices.
On the way home from work today, we got a full dosage of Plaxico and his unregistered gun on good ol’ AM 800. Here’s how the shooting was described during a Sports Center update: “Burress suffered an accidental gunshot to his leg in a Manhattan nightclub over the weekend”. Of course, this is not an innacurate statement but it is misleading because they leave out one very important detail. Maybe they’re trying to save Plax some embarassment but the fact that they failed to mention that the reason why it was an accidental shooting was because Burress shot himself seemed rather odd.

And then afterwards during regular programming, the host had Steven A. Smith patched-in via phone and who wrote a column on the affair and asked Smith, “In your column, you put the blame squarely on Plaxico Burress. Why did you do that?” It didn’t take Steven A. more than a moment or two to collect himself and respond, “Because no one else shot him.”

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