- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Plaxico Burress thinks his critics need to look at themselves in the mirror first before they go around bashing him.
“People are not gonna like you for their own personal reasons, which is crazy,” Burress said Friday on The Stephen A. Smith Show. “That’s just how life is. They may not like the way you run, they may not like the way you catch or do certain things. I own the mirror. I know who I am, and I know what I’ve been through. Like I said in the article, for the people that dislike me or not support me, you must not own the mirror. Evaluate yourself first.”
Burress made head-waves with his comments in an upcoming Men’s Journal article, in which he blasted most everyone in the Giants’ organization: from Tom Coughlin to Eli Manning to Jerry Reese.
He also took shots at those who may have taken pleasure in his pain -- a near two-year prison sentence after he shot himself in a New York City nightclub back in November of 2008.
“What are you doing now?” Burress said. “You still mad at your job? You still angry about your life? ‘Cause I'm back living my life and enjoying my family while you're still doing the same thing.”
Sounds like the comments LeBron James made after losing the NBA Finals last season, doesn't it?
“Everybody’s gonna have an opinion, but I was the one who went through everything. I put myself through that,” Burress said. “People can pretty much feel how they want to feel about what you have to say or (how) they may not like you as a player, but I’m living my life in my own two shoes and I’m gonna do it the best way that I know how.
“Everybody doesn’t have to like me. (But) I’m gonna go out and perform and have respect for the Jets’ organization and give them everything that I have ... That’s what I’m gonna do.
“They don’t have to like me. (But) I’m gonna go out and perform and play hard for my teammates.”
Burress was asked why he decided to do the Men’s Journal article in the first place.
“It just comes a point in time where you just be honest and tell the way that it is,” Burress said. “I met with them (the Giants), we had all had closure about the situation. I felt it was very important for me to do that. I said what I had to say and I’ve pretty much moved on for it.”
Burress said he was aware that the article would come out before the first week of the NFL season.
So why did he meet with the Giants in the offseason, given his disdain for their organization?
“This league is a business,” Burress said. “And I wanted to meet with everyone and get closure. I didn’t have a chance to speak with them after this incident happened. I met with them, talked, we both got things off our chest and we’ve moved on.”
Burress said he was just “being honest” during his meeting with Coughlin. Burress told his former coach he’d been in the wrong, but at the same time wanted Coughlin to “have more respect for his players.”
“Tom is gonna be Tom,” Burress said. “He’s been that way since he came into this business.
“He hasn’t changed. He said he’s never gonna change. He has a way of going about things and Tom’s gonna be Tom.”