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Plaxico Burress opines on Jovan Belcher tragedy

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress spoke about the tragedy involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Rob Carr

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress said that Jovan Belcher's tragedy is just the latest sign that society isn't changing. Burress said he believes it is not a sign of NFL culture, but society in general:

"Things like this happen to people every day. It just happened to be Jovan, somebody that we knew. That's why we're having this discussion. But it goes on in society all the time."

Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg four years ago and served nearly two years in prison as a result. He has had many conversations about his incident, but he believes that people who want to own a gun are still going to do so no matter how much anyone else talks to them.

Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then drove to the Kansas City Chiefs facility and committed suicide on Saturday, Dec. 1. Burress noted the developing problem of suicide among NFL players as well and said, "It's the kind of thing that's been going on around the NFL for the past four or five years with these suicides and different things ... it's just sad."

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