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Plaxico Burress turned himself in Monday.

Plaxico Burress turned himself in Monday. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images hide caption

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All week long we've been struggling with the Plaxico Burress story in our editorial meetings. We know it's something everyone has been talking about, so we'd like to too, but we just can't figure out a way to talk about it that doesn't sound like a conversation we've had a million times before. Fact is... We've had this conversation, about football players behaving badly, quite a few times, and that's why we're having to work so hard to find a new approach.

Here's a quick recap of some recent athletes gone awry:

Guns. Burress is the man in the news right now, after shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub with his own, unregistered (in New York City, where the incident occurred) firearm, but he sure isn't the first. He's just following in the footsteps of guys like Tank Johnson, whose bust factored in the NFL's implementation of an explicit policy on guns.

Drugs. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones allegedly got busted cutting up cocaine in a car, with a Foot Locker credit card, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Oopsie. He meets with the league today in New York.

Dog Fighting. Michael Vick. Don't really need to say too much more about that, I don't think.

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