I’ve heard and read some complaints over the past days that New York wide receiver Plaxico Burress — now suspended by the Giants for the season, and who may never play football again — could be a victim of celebrity justice if he is sent to jail for the three and a half year sentence that goes with the illegal possession of a handgun in New York.
They’re right — he will be a victim of celebrity justice, but victimized by too many people giving him special treatment because he is a celebrity.
Let’s review the events of last Friday night surrounding Burress reportedly shooting himself in the leg with his own gun in a Manhattan nightclub. He had been stopped by a metal detector when he tried to get into the club, but asked if he could still bring his gun into the club because he had a lot of cash with him. So of course, because he was Plaxico Burress, they let him in the club with the gun. The accident reportedly occured as Burress was walking up the stairs to the VIP section. That’s where celebrities go — to the VIP section. And remember, in the cover up, the doctor who treated Burress for the gunshot wound at a New York hospital and did not report it, as required by law, hid the incident because he was Plaxico Burress.
These are the benefits of being a celebrity. When they come back to haunt you, crying foul is weak.
Here’s the definition of so-called celebrity justice — it is when a celebrity who had been told the rules are different for him or her everywhere they go is now told they have to live by the rules like everybody else.