Pierce says he’s learned a lesson
My guys at camp spoke to Antonio Pierce a few minutes ago. The middle linebacker said he wasn’t sorry about his actions that led to a probe into possible criminal charges against him the night Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg. But he did express remorse for putting himself in the situation where his livelihood and freedom could be compromised.
Pierce will not face charges, of course, thanks to the grand jury’s decision yesterday following two days of his testimony. But Burress will face two felony illegal weapons charges, plus a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges. Here’s the transcript of his statement, with thanks to my boy Ralph for sending it along:
“I’m glad I had an opportunity to speak to the grand jury and let them hear the fact from my lips, not from nobody else, but to hear all the facts from me. I thought I acted very reasonably, responsibly and sensibly. Basically a teammate was down and that was my concern that night, to get him help.
“There’s a lot of people I obviously want to thank and I need to thank. First and foremost I’d like to thank my family for doing what they’ve always done, stand behind Antonio Pierce and knowing who he really is. Secondly my friends. And thirdly, and not lastly, the New York Giants. The whole organization. Probably one of the main reasons I came to New York was because of the organization and front office and people around here, and obviously those statements that they made several times throughout this process.
“With that being said, I am not sorry for how I acted that night, though. I’m not sorry for how I responded. I am sorry for putting myself in position that I had to respond the way I had to respond. There’s a lot of lessons I learned from this. I’ve taken them to heart. I’ve taken them seriously. There’s been a lot of ups and downs. But you know what? Ever since the New York Giants got back to Albany the sun has been out, it’s been bright, and Antonio Pierce and the New York Giants are looking forward. I’m tired of seeing myself on the TV and hearing my name on the TV. It’s time to talk about the New York Giants and the 2009 season. Anything that happened in 2008 is really irrelevant at this point. I really have nothing to say about that incident or that season because I’ve got to move forward just like our team does, and that’s what we plan on doing.”