-- Burress Speaks! --
Thu May 13, 2004 --from FFMastermind.com
The Tribune-Review reports Steelers WR Plaxico Burress said Wednesday that the Steelers were "inconsiderate" toward the players on the team for holding a mandatory minicamp on Mother Day's weekend and his absence had nothing to do with the team's failure to open contract extension talks with him. Speaking to reporter James Brown of Sporting News Radio, Burress said he believed he needed to be with his brothers more than with his teammates. Burress' mother Adelaide died two years ago. Burress is entering the final year of his contract and the team has not approached him about a new deal. He is unhappy about that, but he said his absence from minicamp has nothing to do with his contract. "If it was based on my contract, then I never would have showed my face around there during the offseason," he said. "Several weeks before camp I sat down with the coaches and watched film. I was there for two or three weeks during the offseason. I don't see how anyone could say this has anything to do with my contract." Burress said he has heard that the Steelers want him to return next season, but he isn't sure of it.
So it was as expected, a mothers day/grieving absence not a contract holdout