New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress has spoken with Stevie Johnson since the Bills receiver mocked him on the field Sunday and said he does not hold a grudge against him.
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During the second quarter, Johnson celebrated a touchdown by pretending to shoot himself in the leg in reference to Burress’ nightclub shooting three years ago, which led to an illegal weapons charge that saw him spend 20 months in prison.
"He’s young, and he made a mistake," Burress told ESPN Radio. "I don’t look at him as any less than he was before. And I don’t want everybody just to say he’s a bad guy because he made a mistake. I’ve made a few in my life."
Burress said Johnson told him he was just trying to have fun and bring some life to the game.
"I don’t think he took into consideration everything that happened to me when he did it," Burress said. "And I think a day later he’s realized what he did and how he made himself look, and he embarrassed his team, his organization, his players, his coaches and different things like that. But those are things you learn — it’s being young and being immature at times."
Burress was asked how a younger version of himself would have reacted.
"Oh, man, I probably would have met him outside before he got on his bus," he said, later adding, "He doesn’t want to see that person."