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Porter defends Burress

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

In an interview on ESPN's "First Take" that will air Wednesday, Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter defends his former Steelers teammate and close friend Plaxico Burress for feeling the need to carry a weapon. He admits that Burress made a mistake by not having a proper permit, but said that he's taking too much criticism.

"Plaxico is like a brother to me," Porter told ESPN. "I take it real personal how he's being treated. Everybody has their mistakes, but that's exactly what they are ... Until you've been in that situation, when you've been robbed at gunpoint or you've had a gun waved in your face or had your house broken into before or been carjacked, you really don't know what it's like."

I encourage you to watch the interview on "First Take" at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.