Plaxico Burress Fails To Pay For Dented Rental Car, Continues To Never Take Responsibility For Anything

What To Do With Plaxico

10/8/08 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

If anyone was wondering if Plaxico Burress's lazy football attitude extended to his off the field endeavors, wonder no more.

Yep, the man who's been fined by the Giants 40-50 times for missing team meetings, etc., etc., was also a complete lazy jackass during his suspension as well. Although at least it wasn't to the Giants. 

Apparently Burress spent his suspension dodging phone calls from Khoury Alternative Claims Management, a San Antonio-based third-party administrator trying to catch up with Plaxico about some damage he did to a rental car back in June.

Burress returned a Suburban with scratches and dents in the bumper. He paid $996.95 for the rental but owed another $1,759 in damages. Burress dropped the car off after hours and never informed anyone of the damages.

But here's the stupid thing Plax did.

"He put down Allstate as his insurance and when we contacted them they said they don't have a policy for him," said Randy Harris, president of Khoury Alternative Claims Management.

Seriously, what is this guy's problem? Even worse, the claims agency has contacted the Giants who have tried to get Plax to pay for the damages but they've had no success.

The problem the Giants face is that Plax is an incredibly valuable receiver, as evidenced by his performance during the Super Bowl, but he's also becoming a serious pain in the butt. What's also troubling is that Plax doesn't seem to be learning from any of this at all. He was completely unrepentent about his suspension and seems to not care in the least about how pissed people were at him about it - which isn't exactly a good sign.

In a lot of ways, this situation is starting resemble the Shockey one from last year. You've got a player who begins to separate himself from the overall team construct, then is forced to sit for a while, be it by injury or suspension, then the team plays well without him, and suddenly everyone wonders do we really need this clown anymore?

The tough thing for the Giants though is that Plax is clearly more valuable than Shockey. And don't let the beating they put on Seattle last weekend fool you. Seattle sucks. Plax will be needed to beat teams like Dallas and the Redskins. Without him, they have no chance of winning the NFC East.

So for right now, as annoying as it is, the Giants have to keep Plax. He's simply too valuable. But I will say this. As soon as the Giants start slipping at all, be it next year, or in two years, or later this season, expect Plax to be the first to get the heave-ho.

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10/9/08   |   YankeeDudeL   |   15 respect

Oh and, I know of at least one other incident where Plax had an altercation w/ a stripper at a "Gentleman's" club in Nutley, NJ.  He and his posse walked out on a check that was thousands of dollars.  And if anyone makes the relation to him and Shockey, they're pretty good friends.  They both worked out together in Miami each year...yanno...instead of w/ the team.  TO and Chad Johnson's mouth get them in trouble, but Plax's actions r what's doing it for him, and to me, that's far worse.

10/9/08   |   YankeeDudeL   |   15 respect

I've been hearing this stuff for 2 weeks now and it's time I put my two pennies in.

Firstly, I'm a Giants fan.  I watch every preseason, regular season, and post season game.  W/ that, comes a more in depth look at the Giants roster, position depth, and capability of those players than the casual fan, or a fan that has other teams they focus on. 

Plax is like Tiki.  A great player, and a credit to the game.  But remember when everyone said the Giants running game was over after Tiki left?  What happened?  We ran our way to a Super Bowl victory the very following year.  Sure, Plax did have a decent game, catching the game winner.  But can we do it w/o him?  U bet. 

Y were we so efficient at running the game?  B/c we had a beast in Jacobs, a stand out year for Ward, effective carries from Droughns, and an amazing rookie sensation in Bradshaw.  We had another kid during preseason that did well, we were just stocked.  So off he went to Green Bay, and all of a sudden, Ryan Grant is a superstar.

If u look at our receivers, its very much like that.  Toomer is like an under appreciated Marvin Harrison.  Tyree was a special teams hero before his helmet catch (and hopefully will remain that once he comes back from injury).  Steve Smith has the potential to be as big as a certain other of the same name.  Sinorice Moss was plagued by injuries in his first couple years, but now is healthy and u'll hear the name called more.  Mario Manningham will be a star, he just has a lot of other guys in front of him at the moment. 

I left someone out.  U might not know him, but u'll be hearing his name a lot more.  Domenik Hixon.  He's super fast, and thus far, showing some great hands.  All he needs is field time, and I assure u, ur going to see a lot more of that coming his way.  He's done nothing but impress every time he's on the field, whether as a receiver or a return man.

Basically, what I'm saying is, we don't need Plax.  He can make our team better if he wants to, but his new deal isn't w/o stimpulations.  He had better learn contrition and the concept of team, if he wants all that moolah.

10/8/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

LA_dodgers_fan wrote:
I live in Pittsburgh and watched this same story unfold here.  Plax is a really a good guy, he just seems to be misunderstood. He was literally ran out of town here because, yeah get this, he was to black for the team and city.  Plax is his own man and it's pretty obvious he doesn't really give a damn what anyone thinks. I remember when he was here he used to drive a big Ford 650, look it up if you don't know, and he would get murdered by the local media and fans for it. He was constantly subject to criticism for his behavior here, so I'd imagine it's 10x worse in NY. If he really has been fined that much than the Giants aren't doing enough to stop this. If they feel they are than why is this just now being made public. Something just doesn't seem right about that.  I agree that people should let up on him a bit. Besides, outside of him and the organization, what business is it really of yours?
(Edited by 100%InjuryRate)

I'll answer these one at a time.

1. Plax getting fined 40-50 times with the Giants isn't brand new news. Jay Glazer wrote about it more than a week ago, and it is true.

2. The reason why it's important is because he missed a meeting during the bye week that finally broke the Giants back, and they suspended him. Naturally the media wanted to figure out why he'd been suspended, nothing strange about that. Although I agree with you, the Giants should have done something long before it reached the suspension point.

3. He was well known for being a prima donna in Pittsburgh.

4. I hope Chris McAllister's Ford F-650 will do. Jon Lieber and Shaq have F-650's as well. $500 plus to fill those bad boys up.



5. What business is this of mine? He's a public figure. He plays for the Super Bowl Champions. It comes with the territory.

10/8/08   |   BestofChicago   |   51 respect

People werent asking what to do with Plaxico when he caught that game winning TD pass to win the Superbowl.

10/8/08   |   TrekkieGal1963

LA_dodgers_fan wrote:
I live in Pittsburgh and watched this same story unfold here.  Plax is a really a good guy, he just seems to be misunderstood. He was literally ran out of town here because, yeah get this, he was to black for the team and city.  Plax is his own man and it's pretty obvious he doesn't really give a damn what anyone thinks. I remember when he was here he used to drive a big Ford 650, look it up if you don't know, and he would get murdered by the local media and fans for it. He was constantly subject to criticism for his behavior here, so I'd imagine it's 10x worse in NY. If he really has been fined that much than the Giants aren't doing enough to stop this. If they feel they are than why is this just now being made public. Something just doesn't seem right about that.  I agree that people should let up on him a bit. Besides, outside of him and the organization, what business is it really of yours?

Axtually this is too much information.  2 I don't like any player that tends to draw attention to themselves before the team.  I wish the real world was like the NFL.  I could go goofing off, not report to work with explanations.  Be too black for the damn nation.  Do players take a psycological test before they enter a draft or what?  I don't care about how much the Giants need him, far as I'm concerned they could go 0-12 without him and I'll feel better.  No matter how many times you see this crap happens, it all end badly.  Today we excuse football players, but hell if Barry Bonds ain't a steroid fiend that should not be allowed in the Hall of Fame.  Football has a catch 22 act going on here.  I bet somebody is still upset Michael Vicks was convicted.

10/8/08   |   LA_dodgers_fan

I live in Pittsburgh and watched this same story unfold here.  Plax is a really a good guy, he just seems to be misunderstood. He was literally ran out of town here because, yeah get this, he was to black for the team and city.  Plax is his own man and it's pretty obvious he doesn't really give a damn what anyone thinks. I remember when he was here he used to drive a big Ford 650, look it up if you don't know, and he would get murdered by the local media and fans for it. He was constantly subject to criticism for his behavior here, so I'd imagine it's 10x worse in NY. If he really has been fined that much than the Giants aren't doing enough to stop this. If they feel they are than why is this just now being made public. Something just doesn't seem right about that.  I agree that people should let up on him a bit. Besides, outside of him and the organization, what business is it really of yours?

10/8/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

seanrrpsnm wrote:
 i think the media really just needs to lay off...i know they wont and i know its their job...butlet the team deal with it...plaxico is gonna be huge for the giants and hes back.....people need to focus on that...everyone makes mistakes off the field...some bigger than others....if it begins to affect his permance...well...the coaches should handle it then!

I admittedly think that as bad as he's been about missing meetings, etc., they still need him in the long run. He's just too valuable to cut, and the Giants schedule is about to get really tough.

10/8/08   |   seanrrpsnm   |   11 respect

 i think the media really just needs to lay off...i know they wont and i know its their job...butlet the team deal with it...plaxico is gonna be huge for the giants and hes back.....people need to focus on that...everyone makes mistakes off the field...some bigger than others....if it begins to affect his permance...well...the coaches should handle it then!