Plaxico Burress Rips Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, Fans in Men’s Journal


September 9, 2011

Plaxico Burress Rips Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, Fans in Men's Journal The Jets-Giants game on Christmas Eve was already going to be one of the most-hyped games on the NFL docket. Now, you can add this to the fire.

Plaxico Burress, now a Jet after four years on the Giants, has spoken out against former quarterback Eli Manning and former head coach Tom Coughlin in an interview with Men's Journal, the same publication that released the controversial James Harrison interview earlier this year. The interview took place in June, before Burress had signed with the Jets, reports

"I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn't on, 'cause I could sense he didn't have thick skin," Burress said of Manning, who threw him the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII. "Then I went away [to prison], 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 also expressed disappointment in Coughlin for not showing any concern after the accidental shooting that threatened Burress' life and career.

"After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out [of Coughlin's] mouth was 'sad and disappointing,'" Burress said, as quoted by "I'm like, forget support — how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, 'I'm glad you didn't kill anybody!'

"Man, we're paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn't realize that we're grown men and actually have kids of our own."

Not satisfied with speaking out against former Giants, Burress also had a bone to pick with fans who had the audacity to believe a man who brought a gun to a club and shot himself in the leg deserved to go to prison.

"What are you doing now? You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life?" Burress said. "'Cause I'm back living my life and enjoying my family while you're still doing the same thing."

Sounds like a guy who is truly grateful for his second chance in life and in football, doesn't it?

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