After meeting many of his former teammates and Giants coaches and front office officials during the free agency signing period, Plaxico Burress said he experienced a sense of closure and was glad he got the chance to visit.
But Burress, who signed a one-year deal with the Jets, ripped Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, as well as fans who criticized him during his nearly two-year stint in jail on illegal weapons possession charges. The comments will appear in a Men's Journal article, set to hit newsstands on Sept. 16. Excerpts were released today.
“He’s not a real positive coach,” Burress said in the article. The interview took place in Miami in early June. “You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans — when their player makes a mistake, they take ’em to the side and say, ‘We’ll get ’em next time.’ But Coughlin’s on the sideline going crazy, man. I can’t remember one time when he tried to talk a player.”
Burress served a 20-month sentence in upstate New York after being sentenced in the wake of an accidental self-shooting on Nov. 28, 2008 at a New York nightclub. Burress said in the magazine he didn't appreciate how Coughlin handled the situation.
“After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was ‘sad and disappointing,’” Burress said. “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.”
Burress also expressed disappointment that Manning didn't visit him in jail.
“I was always his biggest supporter, even days he wasn’t on, ’cause I could sense he didn’t have thick skin,” Burress said. “Then I went away, 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 ripped fans who he said "took pleasure" in his situation.
“What are you doing now?” Burress said about fans who criticized him. “You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life? ’Cause I’m back living my life and enjoying my family while you’re still doing the same thing.”