Detroit Lions wide receiver posted photos of the aftermath of his recent car accident on Tuesday, and claims that alcohol wasn’t a factor in the crash.
Burleson, 32, broke his arm last week after crashing his car while attempting to stop a pizza pie from sliding off of his car seat. In an interview with TMZ, the Lions star said that a 911 caller’s claims that he appeared drunk after the accident are false.
“I was completely coherent. I was trying to grasp what was going on at the moment,” Burleson told TMZ on Tuesday. “My arm was broken so that may cause you to stumble, but it was not alcohol-related at all.”
Burleson’s comments on Tuesday were made in reference to a TMZ report, in which the website claimed that a 911 caller told police that the Lions player “was losing his balance” and “appeared to be intoxicated” at the time of his accident. TMZ also obtained photos of Burleson's car accident, which can be viewed here.
Burleson denies that report, and told TMZ that the police officers responding to his car accident complimented him on maintaining his composure despite suffering a serious injury. However, the 32-year-old has already admitted to “multitasking” before the crash; he was plugging in his phone and attempting to save pizza from Happy’s Pizza and Pub in Detroit from sliding to the floor, USA Today reports.
“I get the jokes, ‘cause reaching for a pizza isn’t the way you wanna crash your car,” Burleson told TMZ. “But I’m lucky to have walked away.”
Judging by the photos that Burleson posted to his Instagram account on Tuesday, the pizza-influenced car accident could have been a lot worse. The pictures show various angles of Burleson’s totaled GMC Yukon, and images of the mangled pizza boxes and slices that the Lions player had attempted to save.
“I’m releasing these pix for 2 reasons: 1) I walked away from a totalled vehicle #Blessed 2) I have to hear all the pizza jokes…lol I’ll start-Yes I am the 5th Ninja Turtle. #LovePizza #LetTheJokesBegin,” Burleson wrote on Instagram.
Despite the broken arm, Burleson claims that he will return to action before the end of the 2013 NFL season. ESPN currently projects that he’ll return in late November, USA Today notes.