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Union Files Grievance For Burress Against Giants

From Newsday:

The NFL Players Association filed legal papers on behalf of Plaxico Burress on Friday, countering efforts by the Giants to recoup millions of dollars in their claim that Burress defaulted on his contract.

It is the second grievance filed on Burress’ behalf since the wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub in late November.

The first grievance, filed in December, was aimed at the Giants’ decision to suspend Burress for four games and put him on the non-football injury list. The union claimed that was in violation of the collective-bargaining agreement and thought the punishment was excessive.

This latest one, according to a report by which has seen the documents, was in response to a letter the Giants sent Burress in December saying they were trying to recoup and withhold previous bonus money and future monies. Burress signed a five-year, $35-million, incentive-laden contract just before the season ended.

In 2008 alone, Burress lost out on $823,000 in salary because of the suspension, plus a $1-million installment on his signing bonus that was withheld in December.

NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis did not return calls or e-mails seeking comment, but both grievances are expected to be heard during this offseason. Burress is next due in court March 31 to face the two felony gun charges stemming from the November incident.

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