Pierce arrived Thursday at a lower Manhattan courthouse, a day after the grand jury heard testimony from Burress, a former Giants wide receiver.
Burress has pleaded not guilty to illegal possession of a weapon. He shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub in November.
Burress was with Pierce, who still could be charged. Giants president John Mara has defended Pierce’s actions, which included taking Burress to a hospital under an assumed name.
Burress testified for nearly three hours Wednesday in front of a grand jury that is investigating weapons charges against him and told reporters outside that he was sorry for his actions.
“I was truthful, I was honest, and I’m truly remorseful for what I’ve done and for what happened,” the 31-year-old Burress said.
Burress is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and faces up to 3½ years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $100,000 bail. The Giants released the receiver in April.
Burress’ attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said the one-time Super Bowl star wanted to address the grand jury, adding his client stressed in his testimony that the gun was not used in the commission of a crime and that he was the lone victim.
“I agreed that in order to humanize him they needed to see who he was and what this man was about,” Brafman said, adding, “He asked the grand jury for compassion and understanding. I think it took a big man, not just physically, but a big man to come here today and acknowledge his responsibility and ask for the compassion of the people who he testified before.”
Brafman contends that Burress’ gun was registered in the state of Florida and that “my client was under the impression that the same was the case in the city of New York.”
Brafman said he hopes that Burress’ testimony will serve to balance out some of the comments made Monday by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, whom Brafman characterized as having “a lapse in judgment” by speaking publicly about the Burress case while the case is in front of the grand jury.