Imagine accidentally shooting yourself in the leg and then going to jail for your trouble.
That is what has happened to former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress.
Burress was sentenced to 2 years in prison for shooting himself in the leg while at a nightclub. He reached a plea agreement on weapons charges.
Of course the real charges that landed him behind bars were the 2 counts of weapon possession and 1 count of reckless endangerment. Reckless endangerment? You think?
Burress carried an unlicensed gun into a nightclub. The gun slipped from his waistband and fired in his pant leg. Stupid or just unlucky?
Burress faced a minimum sentence of 3½ years if he had been found guilty during a trial however he opted to plea to a lesser charge and was given a 2 year term which could see him released after serving 20 months with good behavior.
Burress hopes to pull a Michael Vick and return to the NFL when he is released.