NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg Sets Table For Possible Awkward Locker Room Meeting With Plaxico Burress
When Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg in 2008, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg called for the then-Giants receiver to be prosecuted vigorously. Up until Bloomberg made his feelings known, Burress' bail had been set at an amount where he could've left jail on his own recognizance.
But after Boomberg's statement, bail went from $10,000 to $250,000.
Upon being told that a man named Michael Bloomberg had submarined his hopes of leaving his jail cell, Burress responded like a man who lived in a bubble made money.
"I came out, you know, from my little holding cell to the arraignment, and — (chuckle) I sat down with — with (attorney Ben Brafman)," Burress says. "He was like, ‘We got a problem.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘Mayor Bloomberg just went on TV, said you should be, you know, punished to the full extent of the law.’ And you know what I said after that? I said, ‘Who is Mayor Bloomberg?’"
Now that Burress is a free man and back playing in New York -- this time for the Jets -- Bloomberg is wishing all the best for the 6-foot-6 receiver.
“I certainly know who he is,” Bloomberg said. “He’s a great football player and hopefully I’m going to meet him before the next Super Bowl in the locker room.”
We're pretty sure that such a meeting -- a celebratory Plaxico suddenly being faced with the diminutive man in the suit who cheerled him into jail --would be among the most awkward/great things that our media-obsessed sports consciousness could imagine.
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