|Lawyer: Burress to speak to authorities|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 30 November 2008 09:27|
Attorney Benjamin Brafman spoke to reporters after meeting with Burress at his Totowa, N.J., home for an hour, two days after the shooting.
``We will make arrangements for Mr. Burress to be present when required,'' Brafman said, according to The Star-Ledger. ``He's not running away from this. He intends to deal with this responsibly, and we hope it works out in the end. I would ask that the public, the Giants, the media and everybody else withhold judgment. He's presumed innocent, hasn't been convicted of anything, and we have a long road ahead of us.''
Jerry Reese said before New York's game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Pierce reportedly was present Friday night when Burress shot himself in the right thigh, the latest dramatic turn in a tumultuous season of fines and suspension for the Super Bowl champions' star receiver.
Neither Reese nor Giants president and CEO John Mara would say what Burress' status with the team might be going forward.
``I want to wait until we find out all the facts and circumstances before we make any determination,'' Mara said. ``I don't know what happened there, and until we find out exactly what happened, I'm not going to make any comment or make any decision about what his future is.''
Pierce, meanwhile, started Sunday's game. He was questioned by league personnel at the Giants' team hotel Saturday, Reese said, although the GM wasn't sure whether Pierce talked to police.
Reese and Mara said they hadn't spoken to Burress, who hurt his hamstring two weeks ago and was going to miss the game against the Redskins because of that injury.
``I reached out to him,'' Reese said. ``I did not get a return phone call.''
Mara repeatedly said the Giants would cooperate with the police and the NFL in their investigations.
Asked if he knows what the scope of those inquiries are, Mara said: ``I do not know, no. I guess the circumstances of how he got shot, whose gun it was. There are a lot of questions like that that are still unanswered.''
Burress caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the Giants' Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots in February, following a regular season in which he scored a career-high 12 TDs. He was rewarded with a $35 million, five-year contract, only hours before the current season.
But his consecutive-games streak with at least one catch ended at 115 last week against Arizona, after he aggravated his hamstring injury during the first series and did not return.
Burress has 35 catches for 454 yards and four touchdowns while constantly drawing double coverage this season.
Off the field, he was suspended for a game against Seattle in October and fined $117,500 for missing a team meeting and failing to notify the Giants of his absence. He said he had a family emergency.
Burress also was fined $45,000 by the NFL for his conduct during a game against San Francisco in which he abused an official and tossed a ball into the stands.