Plaxico Burress Indicted; Pierce Gets Off


Giant wide receiver Plaxico Burress has been indicted by a grand jury on charges stemming from his self-administered gunshot wound in a Manhattan club last year. He’s up for two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one of reckless endangerment, both in the second degree. No indictment was returned against Burress’ former teammate Antonio Pierce. At his grand jury hearing, which had been delayed a few times, Burress was suitably contrite, but that does not seem to have contravened the self-evident facts of the case in jurors’ minds. Maybe he should have listened to our suggestions.

Burress had an expired, out-of-state carry permit when he shot himself in the leg at the Latin Quarter on November 9, 2008. In April, Burress was cut by the Giants with a generous severance. Mayor Bloomberg called for Burress’ imprisonment, which may yet come to pass as the weapons charges carry a three-and-a-half year minimum in our gun-unfriendly jurisdiction, and a 15-year max. (Mike Florio of the Sporting News flat-out says, “Plaxico Burress is going to jail.”)

Update: Clyde Haberman wonders why Bloomberg was less proactive when Vito Fossella was caught driving around Virginia “plastered,” presenting an at least comparable threat to public safety.


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 3, 2009

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