Giants WR Smith victim of robbery

CLIFTON, NEW JERSEY (TICKER) Plaxico Burress is not the only New York Giants wide receiver involved in a gun-related incident in the past week.

Giants wideout Steve Smith was the victim of an armed holdup in his own driveway on November 25.

Captain Robert Rowan of the Clifton Police Department confirmed the details of the incident to PA SportsTicker on Tuesday.

According to the police, Smith was approached from behind at approximately 4 a.m. last Tuesday by an unknown assailant who pointed a gun at Smith’s head and said, “Give me all you got.”

Smith turned over cash and jewelry to the gunman, the amount of which has not been determined, Rowan said.

No arrests have been made in the robbery, which happened inside a gated community where Smith resides. The matter is still under investigation.

“It’s fairly obvious he was targeted,” Rowan said.

It has been widely speculated the Smith’s holdup was the reason Burress felt compelled to carry a loaded gun into a midtown Manhattan nightclub Friday night.

The gun accidentally discharged inside the Latin Quarter nightclub, causing a minor wound to Burress’ thigh and leading to criminal charges against him Monday.

Burress was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon - a Glock semiautomatic pistol - and third-degree possession for carrying the ammunition clip.

Both are Class C felonies, for which Burress could be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years in jail if convicted.

A second-round pick of New York in 2007, Smith has flourished this season with 43 receptions for 424 yards and a touchdown.


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Updated Tuesday, Dec 2, 2008