Plaxico Burress is no stranger to The Big House, having served a year in prison for gun possession. But he won;t be going back.
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Former New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress, who was under indictment in the State of New Jersey for tax evasion, will reportedly avoid jail time by paying the money he owed.
According to TMZ Sports, Burress agreed to pay the approximately $48,000 in taxes he owed the state. Burress had been indicted on two charges of failing to pay taxes, each of which would have led to consecutive five-year prison terms if convicted.
TMZ reportedly spoke with an unnamed representative of Burress who said that the former Super Bowl XLII hero reached an agreement with the New Jersey courts to simply write them a check for the money he owed.
“A tentative agreement has been made to satisfy the tax obligations for Plaxico,” the rep said. “We have been overwhelmed by the support and workability of all government agencies from the county all the way up to the state and federal offices.”
Burress caught the game-winning touchdown pass from NY Giants QB Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLII, which led to a 17-14 victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. But the following season, Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York City club with a gun he was carrying in his sweatpants. As a result, Burress missed the rest of the season and was later indicted and imprisoned for illegal weapons possession.
For his NFL career, Burress had 553 catches for 8,499 yards and 64 TDs. He last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers – the team that had originally drafted him – in 2013, but injuries kept him off the field for the entire year.