Ex-New York Giant wide receiver Plaxico Burress has been indicted on several charges by a Manhattan grand jury earlier Monday morning. The charges stem from an incident back in November when Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub. Burress has been charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Burress’ former teammate, linebacker Antonio Pierce, was not charged in the incident even though he was with Burress the night of the shooting and drove Burress to the hospital and then took the gun used in the shooting back to Burress’ home. Last week both Burress and Pierce testified before the grand jury overseeing the case.
Burress faces 3 and 1/2 years in prison and has been free on $100,000 bail. Burress has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in the case. Burress was drafted out of Michigan State by the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom he played five seasons for prior to joining the Giants in 2005.
The Giants released the veteran receiver in April amid all of the legal problems stemming from the accidental shooting. The office of the District Attorney handling the case regarding Burress is insisting on jail time for the former Giant whether or not he is sentenced by the jury or should Burress plead guilty to the crime.
Burress is eligible to sign with any team he would like in the NFL but his legal problems have prevented him from receiving any contract offers. Burress’ case is also under review of the NFL commissioner’s office.