Plaxico Burress is having a hard enough time finding a team that wants him, but his troubles just got worse with the news that he owes the State of New York more than $59,000 in back taxes.
The free agent wide receiver and one-time Super Bowl hero has had a tax lien filed against him, TMZ reported. Legal documents showed that Plaxico Burress failed to pay the full amount owed on his personal income taxes for 2007, leading New York to come looking for the $59,421 it i owed.
The tax lien development marks another step backward for the man who was once the New York Giants No. 1 receiver and made the game-winning touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLII. Things then fell apart for Plaxico Burress after he shot himself in the leg in 2008, the New York Post noted, as this led to a prison sentence for a weapons possession charge.
After losing the next two seasons while he was in jail, Plaxico Burress signed on with the New York Jets for last season but is now a free agent.
His problems continue on the field as well–or rather the problem is that he is not on the field. Plaxico Burress said he is surprised not to be on a roster at this point, with training camps already into full gear, Yahoo! Sports reported.
“With some of the things I was able to do after being away for two years, I pretty much thought it spoke for itself,” Burress said. “But I guess obviously not.:
But there could still be football in the future for Plaxico Burress. The Oakland Raiders and and his former Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interested in his services.