Giants’ Pierce will not be indicted

Giants LB Antonio Pierce is not expected to be indicted after then-teammate Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in November 2008. (Louis Lanzano / Associated Press)

Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce testified for two days before a grand jury last week. (Louis Lanzano / Associated Press)

New York Giants star linebacker Antonio Pierce, who testified for two days before a grand jury last week, will not be indicted, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Pierce, potentially, could have faced criminal charges for his role in helping then-teammate Plaxico Burress after the receiver accidentally shot himself last November. Pierce went before the jury voluntarily last week to give his account of the events.

Pierce’s lawyer, Michael Bachner, was reached by phone and gave the following statement about today’s decision:

“Mr. Pierce is gratified that the grand jury system worked in connection with exonerating him of all charges. We wish Mr. Burress luck and hope that the District Attorney’s office extends some sympathy and compassion to him in connection with a very difficult case.”

An announcement on the decisions by the grand jury should be coming momentarily. Burress could be facing criminal gun charges that carry a mandatory minimum sentence. He, too, testified before the grand jury last week. Burress is presently a free agent, and his case is being reviwed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for possible league action.

(Update: Burress was indicted on weapons charges Monday.)

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