Plaxico Burress rips Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning, Giants fans in Men’s Journal interview


After his release from prison, Burress signed with the New York Jets. (Al Bello / GETTY IMAGES)

Burress, the wide receiver who signed with the New York Jets upon completion of his nearly two-year prison sentence on a gun charge, ripped Coach Tom Coughlin quarterback Eli Manning and Giants fans.

“He's not a real positive coach,” Burress said. “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.”

That’s Coaching 101, so that shouldn’t have surprised Burress. What did surprise him was the way Coughlin dealt with the incident in which Burress accidentally shot himself.


Plax and Eli last month. (Jim McIsaac / GETTY IMAGES)

Technically, Coughlin wasn’t the only one thinking that after the November 2008 shooting.

Now, for Manning. “I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn't on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin,” Burress said. “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.”

Burress ripped fans who, he said, “took pleasure” in his demise. “What are you doing now?” Burress said of fans. “You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life? ’Cause I'm back living my life and enjoying my family while you're still doing the same thing.”

Let’s see if Burress, like James Harrison after his incendiary Men’s Journal interview, has anything else to say. If not, well, Christmas Eve at MetLife Stadium might be fun.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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