Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Defense of Harris Smith, of sorts...

By now, the story of Plaxico Burress being shot in the leg has become quite humorous. To recap, Plax and New York Giants teammate went to a club on Thursday night. Plax brought a gun. While walking across the dance floor to the VIP area, Plax felt his gun, that he had concealed in the waistband of his sweatpants (yes, sweatpants), slipping down his leg. Instead of stopping and putting down his drink, he tried to adjust it while still walking and holding his drink. The gun went off and grazed his thigh. No one else realized he had been shot. Pierce told the club owners not to tell anyone and to take care of the bullet lodged in their floor.

On the way to the hospital, they called a Giants team trainer to ask which hospital to go to. When they got there, Plax checked himself in under the name Harris Smith, claiming to have been shot at an Applebee's, which he had been at earlier that night.

He has now been suspended for the rest of the season and could face some hefty charges and jail time for carrying a concealed, unlicensed weapon.

Mayor Bloomberg is also seething mad due to cover-ups by Plax, Pierce, the club, the hospital and maybe even the Giants.

Here's the thing: I understand why he was carrying th gun, not so much condone it, but I totally understand it. Since New Year's Day, 2007, Broncos CB Darrent Williams has been shot and killed while sitting in his limo, Redskins S Sean "Meast" Taylor was killed in a home invasion, Jags OG Richard Collier was paralyzed and has had his left leg amputated above his knee as a result of 14(!) gunshot wounds, Raiders WR Javon Walker was beat unconscious and robbed in Las Vegas and Giants WR Steve Smith* was robbed at gunpoint in front of his house. 5 incidents in 22 months where football players were the victims of heinous crimes. I can absolutely understand why Plax thought he was in so much danger to necessitate keeping a gun in his sweatpants.

*The Other Steve Smith, not the star Panthers WR Steve Smith, much like there is Adrian Peterson and the Other Adrian Peterson on the Chicago Bears, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Other Karim Abdul-Jabbar

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