Free agent WR Plaxico Burress, who just got out of prison after infamously shooting himself in the leg in 2008, says he doesn’t own a firearm in his home and he no longer carries one on his person either.
That’s what he told media, including the Newark Star Ledger, today during a press conference at the National Urban Center, in Manhattan. He was on hand for a scheduled appearance, during which he signed a pledge to mentor young adults. He also spoke to them about the dangers of firearms.
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“With that, not owning one and not carrying one, I know I put myself in a better position in life and with safety and with the people in the community,” Burress said.
His 20-month stint in prison caused him to rethink his values, Burress said.
First, he had to get past the question of “Why me?” Then, he began to focus on what he could do to improve himself as a citizen. That, he figured, was the best way to handle himself while he waited for his release date.
“Look at my situation,” Burress said. “Ever since I was 7 years old, I thought of playing football, back in 1984, and my goal was to be an NFL player and accomplish great things – win a Super Bowl and things like that. And I made a bad decision, and it can all be taken away from you so quick, literally in the blink of an eye. You have to be cognizant of every decision that you make and every decision you make poses a consequence. And with that being said, you have to make the right choice.”
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