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Coughlin on Plax: 'I'm not interested'

Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress

#17 WR
New York Jets

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The NFL world was abuzz over Plaxico Burress's comments in a magazine article that were critical of Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning.

But Coughlin didn't want to know about it. At least, that's what he said to a group of reporters on Friday afternoon.

"No, I'm not [aware of the comments] and I'm really not all that concerned," Coughlin said. "I'm sure it was lots of grandiose statements. I don't know anything about that but I'm really not interested in it either."

Burress said in an interview with Men's Journal that Coughlin didn't show any concern for him after the ex-Giants receiver shot himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub in November 2008.

"After my situation happened, I turned on the TV, and the first words out his mouth was 'sad and disappointing,' " Burress said, according to the Men's Journal article, when asked about Coughlin's reaction to the incident.

"I'm like, forget support -- how about some concern? I did just have a bullet in my leg. And then I sat in his office, and he pushed back his chair and goes, 'I'm glad you didn't kill anybody!' Man, we're paid too much to be treated like kids. He doesn't realize that we're grown men and actually have kids of our own."

He went on to blast Coughlin's relationship with players.

"He's not a real positive coach," Burress told the magazine for an article that hits newsstands Sept. 16. "You look around the league, the Raheem Morrises and Rex Ryans -- when their player makes a mistake, they take 'em to the side and say, 'We'll get 'em next time.' But Coughlin's on the sideline going crazy, man. I can't remember one time when he tried to talk a player through not having a day he was having."

Before Burress signed a deal to play for Ryan and the Jets, he and Coughlin met to discuss a possible return to the Giants.

On Friday, Coughlin was asked if the meeting provided 'closure' to any rift between he and Burress.

"What do you mean did I reach some kind of closure? We were trying to decide whether and to what extent we were going to be able to try to and make an offer. It wasn't about closure," Coughlin said. "It was about business. It was about going forward, which is what this is about."

Giants CEO John Mara declined to discuss Burress' comments on Friday.

"I don't have anything to say about that. The remarks kind of speak for themselves," he said.

Eli Manning, whom Burress was upset with because the quarterback didn't visit him in prison, was unavailable for comment Friday.