Plaxico Burress License: Why Was Pittsburgh Steeler's License Suspended?

By Melissa Siegel, Posted: 03/25/13 01:43PM EDT

Plaxico Burress' driver's license has reportedly been suspended.

Per TMZ, the Pittsburgh Steelers' wideout was ordered to pay Alise Smith $125,000 after he rear-ended her with his car back in 2008. However, he has not paid up, so Smith asked the DMV to suspend Plaxico Burress' license.

This suspended license is not the first instance of Plaxico Burress' legal woes. Per the Associated Press, the receiver was involved in two domestic violence incidents in 2008 but failed to report them to the league.

However, his most famous off the field problems began a few months later. As the New York Daily News reports, the then-Giants wideout accidentally shot himself with a gun he brought into a nightclub in New York City. He was later charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the incident. Per ESPN, Burress had only licensed the gun in Florida, not New York, and said license had expired several months before the shooting.

The following year, Burress was sentence to two years in prison, per He was released in June of 2011 after 20 months in jail and subsequently claimed that his crime was not as bad as it seemed.

"I believe it was totally blown out of proportion," Burress told "Good Day New York," per the New York Post. "I believe with everything that was said by the [New York] mayor [Michael Bloomberg] and the media ... that it was just over-generalized and I think it went a little further than it needed to go. But at the same time, I was accountable for my actions.''

He subsequently signed with the New York Jets for the 2011-2012 season, where he was expected to be a key weapon for then-starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. While Burress struggled with his lack of speed, he did prove to be a consistent red zone weapon. Eight of the wideout's 45 receptions that season went for touchdowns, per, and he averaged over 13 yards per catch.

Still, New York parted ways with Burress following that campaign, and he ultimately signed with the Steelers in the middle of the 2012 season. The wideout spent the first five seasons of his career with Pittsburgh before joining the Giants in 2005.

The receiver was not nearly as productive the second time around, catching just three balls and scoring one touchdown in four games last season. Still, he showed enough to impress the Steelers. As CBS Sports reports, the receiver re-signed with Pittsburgh earlier this month on a one-year deal.

No word yet on how Plaxico Burress will get to workouts or practices now with his license suspended.

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