Burress says he, Strahan have discussed issue

Updated: December 1, 2006, 12:08 AM ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Plaxico Burress has now spoken with Michael Strahan as the two New York Giants look to work out their differences brought on by Strahan's comments to a New York radio station earlier this week.

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"We sat down and discussed the matter personally and you know if he feels that way about me," Burress told reporters Thursday. "I said fine, but I'd rather you come to me as a man and as a person instead of going on the radio or however it was said or whatever you did just talk to me as a person if you've got a problem with me."

Strahan, who told reporters Wednesday he would talk Thursday, declined to speak with reporters at Giants camp.

On Monday, Strahan said of Burress, who had given up on a deep fourth-quarter pass as the Giants blew a 21-0 lead and lost 24-21 at Tennessee: "It's a shame. You can't give up. You can't quit, because you're not quitting on yourself, you're quitting on everybody. I don't quite understand what his lack of motivation is in those types of situations. But I'm going to try to see what it is, and if I can talk to him about it. He's too good for that."

Wednesday, Strahan did his best to intimidate an ESPN reporter who attempted to question him about comments he made about Burress.

Strahan, who has been sidelined the last three weeks with a foot injury, called out Kelly Naqi, ESPN's New York-based reporter, as she stood behind about three dozen members of the media trying to question him.

"Come here, I want to see your face when you ask this question, the way you are going to ask it," Strahan said. "I know you are going to ask it in a way there is more division and more of a negative way than it was, so come here, I want to see your face, please."

Strahan then asked the media to clear a path so he could see Naqi.

"You're a responsible journalist, look me in the eye and ask this question the way you want to ask it," said Strahan, who only came into the locker room after being told by the public relations staff that Naqi was questioning his teammates about his comments. "Look a man in the eye before you try to kill him or make up something."

Naqi then asked Strahan whether he had spoken with Burress since his comments. Strahan, who was approached by the reporter in the locker room earlier but refused to talk with her at that time, got snippy after Naqi questioned him about talking to Burress.

"I haven't spoken to you about it," he said. "I have spoken to Plaxico. I spoke to Plaxico in the team meeting, as well."

Naqi said she was surprised by Strahan's tone.

"I just felt like I was doing my job," Naqi said.

Burress on Wednesday said he was unaware of Strahan's comments.

"I haven't had a conversation with him," Burress said. "If that's the way he feels, hey, I don't talk about my teammates. If that's the way he feels, then that's the way he feels. I know what my motivation is. If that's the way he feels, then that's sad."

Strahan insisted that Burress' mistakes didn't cost the Giants the game against Tennessee, and neither did Manning's late interception, nor rookie Mathias Kiwanuka's failure to finish a fourth-down sack against Vince Young in the closing minutes.

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"The fact of the matter is we are 6-5," Strahan said. "We have lost three games in a row. What do you want us to do, put our head down and run to a corner? We don't do that. We're men. We get back, we practice hard. We prepare to play to win. We don't prepare to come in and have someone who wants to take a comment and try to divide teammates in a way that it just disrupts this team.

"We don't have that division," Strahan added. "So if you want to come here with a negative, you are coming to the wrong guy, because I am not a negative guy. I don't kill my teammates. I'm a man and I talk to my teammates."

Strahan then ranted about the media only wanting to write negative stories to sell newspapers.

"The only thing that bothers me is the fact that you mislead people outside of this locker room when you guys spend more time with us than we damn near spend with ourselves sometimes, and that's a shame," Strahan said.

With that, Strahan said he was finished and had to prepare for the Cowboys. He has been listed as doubtful for Sunday matchup for the NFC East lead.

"If you are going to be negative, be negative because if you think it bothers me I don't give a damn what you write," Strahan said.

The one piece of good news the Giants got Wednesday was that All-Pro defensive end Osi Umenyiora and weakside linebacker Brandon Short both practiced Wednesday. They were both hurt in a win at Dallas and have missed the last five games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report

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