August 20, 2009 New York Giants Training Camp Reports: To see the latest BBI training camp report, please visit the Training Camp section of the website.
Giants’ Beat Writer Practice Reports: The following are brief practice reports provided by the NY/NJ beat writers who cover the Giants:
Injury Update: Not practicing in the afternoon were RG Chris Snee (knee), DT/DE Chris Canty (hamstring), MLB Antonio Pierce (foot), WLB Michael Boley (hip), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), and S Kenny Phillips (knee).
Giants Saddened by 2-Year Burress Sentence: Former Giant WR Plaxico Burress yesterday accepted a plea bargain deal that will incarcerate Burress for up to two years.
“He was a part of the family,” said Giants’ President and CEO John Mara. “I know a lot of our players are hurting right now just thinking about it because he was a friend to them. I hope it’s a wake-up call to some of them. I hope they’ve all learned a lesson – that you make a bad choice, a bad judgment, it can cost you your career and it can cost you having to go to prison.”
“It’s a terrible situation when you think about what he threw away by doing what he did,” said Mara. “It’s terrible. He had all that talent, he had a brand-new contract, he had a brand-new baby. It really is an American tragedy.”
“The laws in New York are pretty strict for this type of offense and rightfully so,” Mara said. “I think, had this been Joe the Plumber, would he have gotten two years? I’m not so sure of that.”
“I think that he’s really punished himself the most already,” said OC Shaun O’Hara. “To add another two years onto that, my personal opinion, yeah, I think that’s a little harsh. I think they’re trying to make an example out of him. But what can you do?”
“Our concern at this time is worrying about him, his family,” said QB Eli Manning. “You know, he’s a friend of mine, a great teammate…just saddened by the news…two years…again, wish the best for him, his family, and you know, try to support him anyway you can.”
“Once the sentence came down and you look at it, no one expected that,” said DE Justin Tuck. “I don’t care how much you kept up with all the proceedings, nobody expected that. We thought, somehow or another, everything would turn out for the best with Plaxico and we were hoping for that and praying for that. But it is what it is now. All we can do now, as the New York Giants and the teammates of Plaxico, is try to support him any way we can.”