Antonio Pierce Found Innocent, Ready To Focus On 2009

New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce has been the conduit between the media and the whole Plaxico Burress situation on several occasions. That’s the product of Pierce being retained by the Giants and Burress being let go by the 2007 champion Giants. Pierce of course was with Burress on the night that Plaxico was arrested after shooting himself in a New York night club. As of today, Pierce was officially exonerated of any wrong doing that evening. Such is not the case for the Pro Bowl wide receiver Burress, who could technically serve up to three and a half years in prison. Now that his situation has played out in court, Pierce addressed the media, which ESPN Radio New York provided on Tuesday.

Pierce began with an opening statement followed by thanking his family, friends and the New York Giants for believing in him:

“Obviously, it’s been a long nine months for me since November when the incident took place. I’m glad I got an opportunity to speak to the grand jury to let them hear the facts from my lips. Not from nobody else, but from me…

On how he wasn’t apologetic for how he responded to the situation but how he nevertheless learned valuable lessons to draw upon moving forward:

“I’m not sorry for how I acted that night. I’m not sorry for how I responded. I am sorry though for putting myself in a position where I had to respond they way I responded. There’s a lot of lessons I’ve learned from this. I take them to heart, I take them seriously, obviously. There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but you know what, ever since the New York Giants got to Albany, the sun’s been out, it’s been bright. Antonio Pierce and the New York Giants are looking forward. I’m tired of seeing myself on the t.v. and hearing myself on the t.v. not talking about the New York Giants. Anything that happened in 2008 is really irrelevant at this point. I don’t have nothing to say about that incident or that season, because I got to move forward just like our team does. And that’s what we plan on doing.”

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