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Burress tells jury he's sorry

A Tribune staff, wire report
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:24 AM
NEW YORK -

Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress testified Wednesday before the grand jury that is investigating weapons charges against him and told reporters outside that he was sorry for his actions.

"I was truthful, I was honest, and I'm truly remorseful for what I've done and for what happened," Burress said outside a Manhattan courthouse.

Burress' attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said Burress wanted to address the grand jury.

"I agreed that in order to humanize him they needed to see who he was and what this man was about," Brafman said.

The 31-year-old Burress shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub in November. He was charged with weapon possession and faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $100,000 bail. The Giants released him in April.

The New York Post reported earlier this week that Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is insisting on jail time. Morgenthau's office has declined to comment to The Associated Press.

Brafman criticized Morgenthau for speaking out, saying the district attorney's comments could prejudice the grand jury proceedings.

Burress, wearing a pinstriped three-piece suit, thanked his family and his fans and did not take questions.

Brafman said Burress "asked the grand jury for compassion and understanding. I think it took a big man, not just physically, but a big man to come here today and acknowledge his responsibility and ask for the compassion of the people who he testified before."

He added, "We are hopeful that the grand jury found Mr. Burress to be honest and truthful. They listened carefully, and now we'll just wait and see what happens."

LEGAL: Former Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith pleaded no contest Wednesday in Jacksonville to three charges stemming from a drunken driving arrest in August. Duval County Court Judge Brent Shore placed Smith on 12 months probation and ordered to him serve 50 hours of community service. Shore also imposed fines and court costs of about $1,100.

49ERS: Starting cornerback Walt Harris will miss the entire season as he recovers from right knee surgery and was placed on injured reserve.

McNAIR ESTATE: Even though he left no will, slain former NFL quarterback Steve McNair's entire immediate family has been provided for under instructions he left before his death.

RAMS: Defensive tackle Hollis Thomas has signed after being released by the Saints in April.

Bucs set to break out creamsicle jerseys

TAMPA - If you're among those who wish the Bucs had never abandoned their old orange and white creamsicle uniforms, then Nov. 8 is a date you'll want to circle on your calendar.

The Bucs will host the Packers at Raymond James Stadium that day and they announced Wednesday a plan to wear their 1976-style throwback uniforms for the occasion.

The Bucs will unveil their throwback uniforms Friday at One Buc Place, where several players will model the uniforms before they officially report to training camp, which begins Saturday.

Roy Cummings

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