Plaxico Burress Rips New York Giants Coach and Quarterback

Plaxico Burress Rips New York Giants Coach and Quarterback

Burress says he was disappointed in how he was treated by Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning following the infamous 2008 gun incident that landed him in prison.

Published September 9, 2011

Apparently Plaxico Burress doesn’t have a lot of love loss when it comes to his old New York Giants coach and quarterback.

 

Burress, who signed with the New York Jets this summer, had harsh criticism for both Giants coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning in an interview with Men’s Journal. Burress was released from prison this spring after being locked up for almost two years on weapons charges.

 

Burress feels like he found out who was in his corner following the 2008 ordeal at a New York nightclub. It didn’t take long for him to figure out he didn’t have the support of Coughlin.

 

Immediately after the incident, Burress told the magazine, he turned on his television and heard his coach describing the incident in which he accidently shot himself in the leg while at a nightclub as “sad and disappointing.”

 

"I'm like, forget support --— how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg,” Burress said to the Men’s Journal. “And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, 'I'm glad you didn't kill anybody!' Man, we're paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn't realize that we're grown men and actually have kids of our own."

 

Burress was also disappointed that Manning did not make an attempt to visit him during his prison term that stemmed from New York’s strict mandatory gun laws. In the past, Burress had always come to Manning’s rescue. That is no longer the case.

 

"I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn't on, 'cause I could sense he didn't have thick skin," Burress said in the story in which excerpts were pulled by ESPNNewYork.com. "Then I went away, and I thought he would come see me, but nothing, not a letter, in two years. I don't want to say it was a slap in the face, but I thought our relationship was better than that.”

 

The relationship between Burress and Coughlin has always been a bit frosty, which is why it was a bit surprising when the two had dinner during the free agency process. But any thoughts of Burress rejoining the Giants quickly went away.

 

“He's not a real positive coach," Burress told to Men's Journal. "You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans — when their player makes a mistake, they take 'em to the side and say, 'We'll get 'em next time.' But Coughlin's on the sideline going crazy, man. I can't remember one time when he tried to talk a player through not having a day he was having."

 

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Written by Terrance Harris

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