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Late last week, the New York Giants released troubled wide receiver Plaxico Burress in what news accounts described as a very unexpected turn of events. The team, after all, had left the door open for Burress’ return following a November incident in which his unregistered gun allegedly went off in a New York nightclub.

Perhaps what set off the Giants was Burress’ behavior in a March 18 traffic stop in south Florida. The 6-foot-5 receiver was reportedly driving like “he was going to kill somebody,” according to a police report cited in an account in the New York Post. It was apparently Burress’s fifth traffic violation in a month.

Once pulled over, Burress acted like a guy who’d learned nothing from the events of the past six months. Here’s the Post‘s news account:

The embattled gridder— who was released by the Giants on Friday and faces 3½ years in prison on a gun-possession charge after shooting himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub on Nov. 29 — followed every question and command with a “F- – – you,” according to the citation.

How’s that for making T.O. look like an angel?