Burress isn’t the only Giant involved in gun-related violence recently. According to Clifton, N.J., police, Steve Smith was robbed at gunpoint in the early hours of Nov. 25. The second-year receiver had returned to his townhouse in a chauffer-driven car when he was approached from behind by man who held a gun to his head, Clifton police Capt. Robert Rowan said.
“He said to him, ’Give me everything you got,’ and Mr. Smith turned over his jewelry and money and cell phone,” Rowan said Tuesday.
The man is still being sought, Rowan said. It was unclear if Smith’s driver was at the townhouse during the holdup.
Burress’ trouble came just 10 months after he made the winning catch in the Super Bowl. But on Monday, Burress was hauled out of a police precinct in handcuffs facing two weapons charges.
He posted $100,000 bail and was told by the judge that his next appearance won’t be until March 31. In the meantime, the Giants and the NFL will have to make a decision about what to do with the troublesome wide receiver.
The 31-year-old player did not say anything in court Monday and did not make a statement to police when booked at a midtown precinct. His lawyer stressed that Burress is innocent until proven guilty and denied Burress took part in any cover-up.
Burress shot himself in the right thigh in the VIP section of the nightclub about 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. He did not have a permit to carry a handgun in New York.
A witness reported hearing a popping sound before Burress’ legs began to shake, according to a criminal complaint. It said the person saw a bloody pistol fall out of his pant leg and land on the floor before Burress said, “Take me to a hospital.”
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Originally, police said running back Derrick Ward was with Burress and Pierce at the club, relying on information from club security guards. Police later confirmed Ward was not present, and instead believe Bradshaw was at the club.
The Giants released a statement, saying they are working closely with NFL security, but disputing the police’s version of their involvement.
“In the early hours of Saturday morning, as we started to get a sense of what we were dealing with, we did, in fact, notify NFL security, which then contacted the police,” the team said.
The Giants have not decided what to do with Burress, who was suspended for a game and fined for missing a team meeting in September. New York could suspend him again or deactivate him for Sunday’s home game against the Eagles. The Giants could go as far as releasing Burress, but that would put a strain on the team’s salary cap next season.
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