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Lawyer: Giants' Pierce facing gun charges

July 28, 2009 at 3:59 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce is facing gun charges stemming from an incident last year involving teammate Plaxico Burress, an attorney says.

Michael Bachner, a lawyer for Pierce, told Tuesday's New York Post that New York district attorneys will seek an indictment against Pierce from the same grand jury now hearing evidence against Burress on gun possession charges.

Authorities say Burress and Pierce were at a Manhattan nightclub in November when an unlicensed gun hidden in Burress' waistband accidentally discharged, hitting him in the thigh. The Post, quoting unnamed law enforcement sources, said prosecutors allege a club security guard picked the gun up off the club floor and put it in the glove compartment of Pierce's Escalade.

Police contend that Pierce, after taking Burress to the hospital, drove to his teammate's New Jersey home where he allegedly dropped the gun off. Sources told the Post the club security guard has "flipped" and will testify against the two Giants players.

"It's our position Antonio committed no crime whatsoever, and had no way of knowing that the weapon was anything other than properly licensed," Bachner told the newspaper.

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