A star NFL player is in hot water in our area. New York Giants receiver, Plaxico Burress is going to trial in Lebanon County.

The court battle is over a $36,000 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche.  Burress was given the car in exchange for appearing at public events at Frederick's Supermarket of Cars in North Cornwall Township.  The deal, however, did not go as planned.

Frederick Laurenzo, owner of the dealership, says although the terms of the agreement were clear, Burress did not hold up his end of the bargain.  He says Burress did not show up to sign autographs and didn't take care of the SUV.

"I got a call from the police department in New York saying that the car had been impounded," said Laurenzo.

Laurenzo says Burress loaned the car to friends and in the process, it was damaged.  He filed suit against the football player and the case went before an arbitrator.  

"In arbitration, he lost and I was awarded $22,000 and I thought that was the end of it.  Then his lawyers appealed and now we are having a jury trial," said Laurenzo.

Matthew Croslis is representing Burress.

"We appealed because he deserves to present his case in court just like anybody else," said Croslis.

"This is a simple property damage case where the plaintiff is seeking excessive damages solely because my client is a professional football player," said Croslis.

Laurenzo says regardless of what the jury decides, the case should have been over long ago.

"It is a pain, it is not worth it, the aggravation, it shouldn't have gotten this far, it is stupid," said Laurenzo.

The trial is set to start on Wednesday at the Lebanon County courthouse.