WHO hasn’t gone to a nightclub and done something which causes pain and anguish after one too many cold drinks?
In our experience, making ill-advised passes at friends, indecent exposure or gently cupping a bouncer’s testes is just something you must deal with when alcohol is involved.
So we have huge sympathy for New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress who shot himself in the leg in the VIP section of a Manhattan club – it could have happened to anyone.
The 31-year-old, who caught the winning touchdown in last season’s Super Bowl, was admitted to hospital for ‘a minor wound to the right thigh’.
But the hysterical reaction from the fun police forced him to surrender to authorities on charges of possessing a concealed weapon. He may also be charged with reckless endangerment and posted $100,000 bail. It was a case of Burress being under duress.
The Giants and NFL are waiting on police reports before acting.
Detectives confiscated the gun from Burress’ home, and it was unsurprisingly one he was not legally permitted to carry.
Burress was in the club with teammates and able to bring in a gun despite going through a metal detector. It later became loose and fired a round.
In just three months of the current season, Burress has already been suspended twice for missing a team meeting and a treatment session and fined for verbally abusing an official.
We suppose he has every right to be angry. His five year contract only guarantees $35m.
• THE FINEST Swedish pair since Victoria Silvstedt first came on the scene – Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson – combined to produce as scintillating a performance as Vicky produced during her Playboy shoots to capture the World Cup for Sweden.
Although they did not lead in any of the previous rounds, Sweden – who featured the tournament’s highest-ranked players – gradually improved upon each performance before saving their best for last. A superb nine-under-par 63 in the final-round foursomes comfortably secured a second-ever World Cup title for Sweden by three strokes.
Spain were unable to match their stunning nine-under 63 in second-round foursomes as Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal’s two-under 70 saw them finish second on 24-under.
Australia and Japan shared third, while England could only manage sixth. Ireland were 16th while Colin Montgomerie would have been a barrel of laughs after Scotland ended tied for 19th.
• IN TERMS of traitor-like betrayals, this ranks right up there with Luis Figo moving from Barcelona to Real Madrid, Steve Ryder moving from BBC to ITV and the alleged mis-deeds of Judas Iscariot.
Yes, Rotherham’s fourth finest (after David Seaman and The Chuckle Brothers) and former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Chris Rawlinson has revealed his ambitions to race for Australia.
Injury forced the 36-year-old 400m hurdler to retire after the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and he went on to marry and coach Australian world champion Jana Pittman.
And with Australian citizenship imminent, the Rotherham-born athlete said: “I’m just going to ride the wave and see what happens.
“It should be a motivator for the other Australian 400m hurdlers. I’m sure they won’t want to get beaten by a 36-year-old.”
What is going on? Next thing you know there will be world class journalists coming out here to write for Australian publications.
• AHEAD of his fight against fellow unbeaten super-middleweight Jean Pascal at Nottingham Arena for the vacant WBC belt, Carl Froch has spoken of his desire to battle Jermain ‘Bad Intentions’ Taylor at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.
Forest fan Froch (left) is hoping to follow Ricky Hatton by fighting at the stadium of the club he supports, but he may have to wait as the Forest stewards would need time to be re-trained to enable them to deal with a large crowd.
“AWIIIIIIIGHT, we’re weally slammin’ now” (with a circular arm motion) became the catchphrase of bumbling idiot Kriss Akabusi, but although the fact he is such a ridiculous individual is worth noting and rejoicing, it’s also worth recalling that this guy was pretty swift.
Kriss Kezie Uche Chukwu Duru Akabusi MBE spent seven years in the army before beginning an athletics career which saw him win bronze at the Olympics and World Champs and gold at the Europeans and Commonwealths in the 400m hurdles.
He earned five more top level 4x400m relay medals including a spectacular gold at the 1991 Worlds, which was followed by Akabusi repeating the phrase “we kicked their butts” and laughing like a demneted hyena.
Akabusi went on to present Record Breakers and The Big Breakfast, often appeared as a panellist on Through The Keyhole and starred as a milkman in Last Of The Summer Wine.
Crazy Kriss is now CEO of The Akabusi Company which specialises in giving corporate motivational speeches.
University College London Union recently opened a vote to students to rename the second floor union bar. Appropraitely, the shortlist included ‘Kriss Akabusi’s Pleasure Lounge’.
But the great man is certainly right when he says: “I don’t think my laugh would have become so renowned had I not won the medals that I did.”