While Antonio Pierce was on the field taking part in the first training camp practice with New York Giants on Monday, a NYC grand jury was deliberating his role in the weapons charges brought against ex-teammate Plaxico Burress. As Jason La Canfora reported earlier today, Pierce, who could have faced criminal charges, was not indicted.
Pierce did not speak to the media Monday, but here’s a look at the reaction from the top of the Giants organization:
President John Mara: “We certainly agree with the grand jury’s decision. We said last week we felt strongly that Antonio’s actions did not warrant criminal charges, and obviously the grand jury, having heard all of the testimony, felt the same way.”
Chairman Steve Tisch: “This was an extremely serious matter that Antonio and our organization responded to in an appropriate way. Needless to say, we are happy with the decision announced today by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.”
General manager Jerry Reese: “Antonio is a leader on this team, but he is still human, and this has been an emotionally draining experience for him. We know he was happy to get to training camp yesterday, and with this behind him, he can focus all his energy and efforts on football. He took this matter very seriously.”
Coach Tom Coughlin: “As I said yesterday, we are anxious to start the new season, nobody more than Antonio. Today’s decision allows him and this team to move forward and focus on our preparation for the season.”
Prior to the announcement that Pierce would not be indicted, Coughlin described the linebacker’s mood and performance as “outstanding” to reporters.
“He couldn’t wait to get here to practice,” Coughlin said. “He couldn’t wait to get into the football environment.”