FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2009, file photo, former New York Giant Plaxico Burress carries his son, Elijah, as he arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York for his sentencing on a weapons charge. Burress was released from prison Monday, June 6, 2011, in Rome, N.Y., after nearly two years behind bars. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)
Updated: June 6, 2011 10:46AM
ROME, N.Y. — Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress is out of prison after nearly two years behind bars on a gun charge.
Burress pleaded guilty in August 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released from an upstate New York prison Monday morning, three months early for good behavior.
The wide receiver’s future was in doubt in November 2008 when he went to a Manhattan nightclub with a gun in the waistband of his track pants. The weapon slipped down and fired, hitting him in the thigh.
His lawyer says Burress will travel immediately to his home in Florida, spend time with his family and continue working out while the NFL labor dispute continues. Burress wants to play again.