Decision delayed in Burress’ $1 million fight with Giants

After WR Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg on Nov. 29, the New York Giants suspended him without pay for four games, fined him one week’s salary and withheld the final $1 million payment of his $4.5 million signing bonus.

Burress’ fight to retrieve the $1 million bonus payment began Wednesday morning, The New York Daily News reports:

Lawyers representing the NFL Players Association and the NFL management council argued their positions Wednesday morning in front of Special Master Stephen Burbank at the University of Pennsylvania law school in Philadelphia. Richard Berthelsen, the NFLPA’s general counsel, told the Daily News in an e-mail that a “decision will likely be made within the next seven days.”

A source familiar with the case said the two sides had attempted to negotiate a settlement before Wednesday’s hearing. It’s likely those negotiations will continue while they await Burbank’s ruling.

The hearing started one day after Burress appeared in a New York courtroom, where it was announced his gun possession case would be adjourned until June 15.

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