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Pierce Might Be in Trouble With League, Too

Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News passes along this report:

Antonio Pierce might not only be in trouble with the law. He could be in trouble with the NFL, too.

The news that Pierce might be facing criminal charges in connection with his role in the Plaxico Burress shooting caught the attention of the league office, which is currently monitoring the situation, according to a league spokesman. It is possible that Pierce’s role – – allegedly removing the gun from the crime scene in Manhattan and transporting it to New Jersey – – could be viewed as a violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.

If it is, the Giants’ middle linebacker could face a suspension or a fine.

Asked if the league is investigating Pierce for a possible violation, league spokesman Greg Aiello said “We will follow developments in the case. We have no other comment at this time.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is already investigating Burress’ role in the incident.

Pierce actually could face punishment from the league whether he’s charged or not, since the Personal Conduct Policy makes it clear that the commissioner can take action even without charges or a conviction. Criminal charges, though, would seem to make it much more likely that the commissioner would launch an investigation.

If Pierce does have to face jail time, a suspension is the least of the Giants worries. However, if there is no jail time, but an NFL punishment, the Giants are in big trouble. I’ve said this before, but Antonio Pierce is the heart and soul of the Giants defense. He was when Michael Strahan was here, and he’s even more so now. Losing Pierce would be a devastating blow to this team. With all this news, I would be shocked if the Giants didn’t try to find a linebacker off the scrap heap, someone like Rocky Boiman, Napoleon Harris, or Derrick Brooks.

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3 Responses to “Pierce Might Be in Trouble With League, Too”

  1. Mark says:

    The “Commish” has acquitted himself well in disciplining players when they have violated league rules or just the norms of our society. I believe this is a situation that would benefit from him making a very public statement encouraging someone to use a good dose of prosecutorial discretion in this case.

  2. Jeff S. from Delaware says:

    “Criminal charges, though, would seem to make it much more likely that the commissioner would launch an investigation.”

    “Launch an investigation”?!? What does that mean exactly? How could the NFL investigate any further than the law already has? They said they’re following the case, so what investigation could they possibly launch that would give them any new information on which to base a suspension or fine?

  3. Jeremy Fuchs says:

    Jeff S– The league launching an investigation means that they are going to look and see if Pierce’s actions were in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy. This is completely separate from the judicial investigation. There will be no new information. They are just going to see if he violated the Personal conduct Policy.

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