Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh and spent the night in a hospital, another dramatic turn in a tumultuous season in which the New York Giants receiver has been fined and suspended.
The Giants said that the shooting happened Friday night and that he was released from the hospital early yesterday. The team did not say which hospital Burress went to or how badly he was injured.
However, a team official told the Associated Press that Burress shot himself in a nightclub. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the team still was trying to sort out the facts.
"Our primary concern is for Plaxico's health and well-being, and given the circumstances, we are relieved to say he was released from a New York City hospital," the Giants said in a statement.
New York City police said they were investigating whether the incident took place at Latin Quarter, a sprawling 15,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant and club in the Radisson Lexington Hotel in midtown Manhattan.
The Giants, who are 10-1 heading into today's game at Washington, said they have been in contact with the 31-year-old receiver since the shooting and have discussed the matter with NFL security.
"This incident could become a matter for law enforcement officials, and because of that we have no comment on any of the details," the team said.
Repeated phone calls to Burress' home and to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, were not immediately returned.
Burress injured a hamstring two weeks ago against the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants said Friday he would not play against the Redskins. He was shot less than 12 hours later.
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