New York Giants Release Plaxico Burress

John SimsCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress warms his hands as he arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an automobile dealer over what he owes in damages to a vehicle supplied to him by the dealership. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

In a stunning turn of events, the New York Giants have parted ways with troubled but talented receiver Plaxico Burress.

Burress, 31, is facing a serious legal battle stemming from an incident in November, when he shot himself in the thigh.  He's due back in court Jun. 15.

Burress' status has been up in the air since word of the incident broke.  The team maintained they would be open to a Burress return, with GM Jerry Reese reiterating that the entire team was open to him coming back.

"I am an optimist, and I believe most situations can be worked out," Reese said. "We hung in there as long as we could in hopes that there could be a resolution to this situation other than the decision we made today to release Plaxico. It wasn’t to be, so now we have to move on."

Even if the Giants hadn't released Burress, there was a good chance he wouldn't be available for much, if any, of the upcoming season.  The two felony counts of criminal possession of a loaded and unlicensed weapon carries with it a mandatory three-and-a-half year minimum sentence.

The NFL will more than likely suspend Burress for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy.