For at least the short-term future, Plaxico Burress will not have to worry about his prospects of finding employment in the National Football League.
According to The Sporting News, the New York State Department of Corrections have denied the former Pittsburgh Steelers/New York Giants wide receiver a request for a work release from the prison that he currently is locked up at.
This is Burress’ second work release request since last September (the first was also denied); such actions by the New York DOC are not surprising since only about 2 percent of such requests are approved annually.
The department stated that due to the seriousness of the offense that Burress committed back in November 2008, it merited a denial. He has the right to appeal, but otherwise cannot reapply for a work furlough until June 6, 2011, the date that he can apply for full release assuming that he gets time off for good behavior.
According to Linda Foglia, New York prison system spokeswoman, Burress has had a satisfactory record in prison, save for one incident where a “misbehavior report” was filed that cost him one week of phone privileges and 30 days of recreation privileges. That report was filed because Burress lied last November about having permission to use a prison phone to call to call his lawyer when calls are not permitted.
Foglia also noted that he completed an anger management class.
Once Burress is finally released, he appears to have some employment prospects as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that he will be reinstated and Giants general manager Jerry Reese is apparently open to possibly having Burress rejoin his old club.
Perhaps it is just me, but while I believe in second chances, I do not believe that Burress is worhty of reinstatement in the NFL. But then again, I am not Roger Goodell. I guess of a dog-abuser/killer such as Michael Vick can get reinstated by the league, then Burress has a fighting chance; that speaks volumes about the commisioner and the league, as a whole.
And I do not understand the rationale of Reese even stating that the Giants may welcome him back.
Is the New York franchise that desperate for a wide receiver that they may welcome back in 2011? I think that is why they invented free agency and the NFL draft, so you can replenish your team with missing parts that you need. The prison system is the last place that you need to re-stock your team at.
Sorry, but I cannot help if I am of the belief that character counts and should mean something in terms of the reinstatement of a former NFL player. Goodell obviously does not believe that, and it may one day come back to haunt him as he makes the final say on those type of matters.