Burress declines questions about future

DETROIT -- A day after being released by the New York Giants, embattled wide receiver Plaxico Burress made an appearance at the Final Four to cheer on his Michigan State Spartans.

Surrounded by his wife and several former college teammates, Burress, who played football at Michigan State in the 1990s, laughed and mugged for pictures following the Spartans' semifinal victory over Connecticut.

Asked whether he thought he would play somewhere in 2009, Burress held out his arms to indicate he didn't know. He was also asked how he felt after being released Thursday.

"I feel great," he said.

Burress declined to answer several more questions before leaving Ford Field. His next court hearing is scheduled for June 15 in a Manhattan Criminal Court. He and attorney Benjamin Brafman are hoping to reach a plea agreement before that time.

Until his case is resolved, it's unlikely another team will sign him.

In a Friday e-mail to ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Burress lauded the Giants and their fans for his time in New York.

"First of all I wanna thank the organization for allowing me to be a NYG, John Mara, Jerry Reese, Steve Tisch and Ernie Accorsi who is no longer there who was responsible for me to become a Giant," Burress wrote. "I wanna thank Ronnie Barnes and the whole training staff [go state]. I wanna thank my teammates for being so supportive of me and my family. We did and accomplished great things together. I wish you guys the best!

"And to the fans who I will miss the most for embracing me from day one. It's nothing like walking in Giants Stadium on Sundays and seeing all the #17 jerseys. Thank u NJ and NY for being so good to me. I appreciate the love!! Thanks for all the prayers and letters."

Matt Mosley is an NFL reporter for ESPN.com