Antonio Pierce Literally Dodges the Bullet

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IAugust 3, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25: NY Giants football playeer Antonio Pierce attends a screening of  'Kobe Doin' Work' during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 25, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Giants' Captain Walks in Plaxico Gun Case

Antonio Pierce and the New York Giants should run right out and play that Lotto. It is their lucky day.

Pierce escaped indictment by a Manhattan grand jury today, who instead decided to turn all their guns on Plaxico Burress. It was thought that Pierce might be charged along with Burress and then have to plead down to a misdemeanor.

That would have absolved him from jail time, but not from the clutches of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who would have been forced to suspend Pierce under the league's conduct policy.

So, Antonio can now play his heart out in Albany for the next month with no distractions or legal issues hanging in the balance. He appears to be in good shape and now he will be in good spirits. That is what this Giants team needs as it embarks on a another Super Bowl quest.

Burress, on the contrary, will be facing time behind bars. The charges against him could lead to three-and-a-half years if he is convicted.


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