Plaxico Burress, in an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports” that air will Tuesday, made these revelations and retraced some of the key events on the night of Nov. 28, 2008, when he brought an unlicensed handgun into a Manhattan night club, that put the former Super Bowl star behind bars for 20 months.
“I had a drink in my left hand,” Burress said. “I’m just walking up the stairs. And, you know, it was dark. And I kind of, you know, missed a step. That’s when I felt my gun … started to slide. I went to grab it … to stop it from falling. POW!” For a few moments, Burress thought he had escaped harm.
“I knew it had went off. I saw the fire, like, come through my jeans,” he said, adding, “I took a couple more steps and my jeans were like — my jeans are wet. And I looked down. I had some Chuck Taylors on and they were — the white was all red. I’m in trouble.” His wife, Tiffany, an attorney, told him about New York City’s tough gun laws, predicting he’d have to serve jail time. According to her, his response was “I’m not going to jail.”
Burress’ attorney, Benjamin Brafman, tells “Real Sports” that a bail agreement for $10,000, which would’ve allowed Burress to be released on his own recognizance, was undermined by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “About 20 minutes after the mayor held his press conference, the prosecutor called me and said they’re going to be asking for $250,000 bail,” Brafman said.
“I said, ‘This is outrageous, we had an agreement.'” Brafman said he relayed the mayor’s comments to Burress. “You know what I said after that?” Burress asked interviewer Bryant Gumbel. “I said, ‘Who’s Mayor Bloomberg?’ Dead serious.”