NFL Eyes Teammate’s Role in Burress Shooting

Published December 4, 2008

Posted Dec. 4, 2008 – As New York Giants star receiver Plaxico Burress recovers from shooting himself in the thigh last weekend, the National Football League weighs whether to punish Antonio Pierce for his role in the incident.

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Authorities are trying to determine whether Pierce and officials at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital sought to cover up the shooting, which occurred early last Saturday in Manhattan’s Latin Quarter nightclub.

Pierce allegedly called for the ambulance to take the super bowl star to the hospital, then hid the gun from police, according to news reports. Pierce said Wednesday, SI.com reports, that he will cooperate with authorities and testify before a grand jury regarding the night in question.   The hospital also reportedly delayed notifying authorities that it had treated Burress for a gunshot would, which the law requires.

New York Police Department officials and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have criticized league investigators, as well as the Giants, for not promptly reporting the shooting to police and for failing to make players available for interviews.

Meanwhile, the Giants have left the door open for Burress to return to the team once his suspension is up. The team suspended him for four games, thus effectively ending his regular-season play.

Written by BET-Staff

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