Plaxico Burress Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To Two Years
I hate to pick on now-suspended NFL player Donte’ Stallworth, but in my view his situation serves as a suitable baseline for the recent transgressions of athletes and their subsequent penalties. I did it with Michael Vick, and now I’m doing it with Plaxico Burress. Just to remind you, Stallworth got into his Bentley almost twice the legal BAC limit in Florida, killing a man. His sentence? 30 days. 30 days!
Now consider this:
Are you kidding me?! You mean to tell me that shooting oneself in a club is a more serious crime than vehicular homicide? In my opinion, the stupidity of both individuals are strikingly similar. They each recklessly endangered themselves, and the lives of others. Stallworth’s crime seemed more serious to me, though. I don’t know, something about a person being killed. In Burress’ case, nobody reported the crime, nobody else was injured, and the club was allegedly aware he was carrying. So in other words, it appears the only reason why this has gone as far as it has is because he was a high-profile celebrity.
- If you’re comparing this to Stallworth’s situation, don’t. Different state and different circumstances. Stallworth could have fled the scene and he didn’t. He also tried saving the victim’s life. There were no attempts to hide, or hide from, the crime.
- Geography: It’s New York and Mayor Bloomberg is engaged in a serious fight for better gun control.
- His gun was off safety and it magically discharged. More to the story.
- If you’re a superstar and are at a venue you feel requires you to carry the toolie, you shouldn’t be there.
- The gun was transported across state lines (from NY to Antonio Pierce’s NJ home) and he had hospital staff essentially lie for him. These, in addition to being criminal offenses, can both be viewed as guilty actions and knowledge of the severity of the situation.
- He accidentally shot himself in the damn club……FAIL.
These are all good points, and I’m sure that if the Stallworth incident didn’t exist, I probably wouldn’t really have an issue with the punishment. After all, Plaxico was beyond stupid for getting himself into that situation to begin with. I can’t even say I really feel sorry for him. My surprise about his sentence is purely comparitively speaking.
The stupidity involved in the two cases may be similar, but the cases do have different circumstances, which makes it hard to really compare. And like BBW said, maybe I shouldn’t. However, something just tells me that this case and its punishment has been enhanced due to who Plaxico is.
What are your thoughts?