Giants Co-Owner to Visit Plaxico Burress in Jail
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Giants co-owner Steve Tisch is going to visit former wide receiver Plaxico Burress in jail on Saturday, the New York Post reported.
Tisch, who is also a movie and television producer, is reportedly traveling up to the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, N.Y., for an hour-long visit with the former Giants wide receiver.
"I think I had a very good relationship with Plaxico," Tisch told the Post Thursday. "We spent time together outside the locker room away from the stadium. I think that he felt that I trusted him and he trusted me. I don't want to describe it as a father-son relationship. If there were things that were concerning him or he wanted some direction or feedback, I was one of the people he felt he could go to. It was outside the relationship of player and co-owner."
The two bonded when Burress joined the team in 2006.
"I liked talking to him at practice, and in the locker room,” Tisch told the Post. "I liked his persona."
Burress was arrested after shooting himself in the leg in at the Midtown nightclub Latin Quarter in 2008.
The former Giant was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
The incident marked a sharp turnaround for the star receiver who had caught the winning touchdown pass against the then undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Burress could get out of jail as early as spring 2011.
Tisch told the Post he hasn’t discussed the possibility of him returning to the team. But he didn't rule it out either.
"We have not closed any doors on the opportunity to bring Plaxico back in."