FALLEN STAR

Giants Boot Super Bowl Hero

He really shot himself in the foot—well, thigh. After the New York Giants’ Super Bowl champ and wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a Manhattan nightclub last November, his team said they’d stick with him, criminal charges and all. But they spoke too soon: Burress was abruptly cut loose from the team on Friday. “We hung in there as long as we could in hopes that there could be a resolution to this situation,” said the Giants general manager. Burress faces two felony counts of criminal possession of a loaded and unlicensed weapon, which carry a minimum charge of three and a half years in prison. It’s likely the NFL will suspend him for personal conduct violations, and even if his charges were reduced he would have missed most of this season. Burress caught the winning touchdown in the 2008 Super Bowl. Let’s hope he enjoyed it.