Posted July 14, 2013

Report: Steelers to talk to Maurkice Pouncey about “Free Hernandez” hat

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Maurkice Pouncey wore a hat in support of college teammate Aaron Hernandez. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and brother Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey were seen recently wearing a hat that said “Free Hernandez,” and the Steelers plan on talking their center about it, reports ESPN.com.

The photos began circulating on the Internet Sunday morning.

The brothers played with former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez at the University of Florida and were with Hernandez at a nightclub in 2007 on the night of a shooting that left two men wounded.

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Hernandez is charged with the first-degree murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd and is being held in a Massachusetts jail. He was denied bailed and pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include five weapons charges.

More from ESPN.com:

The Steelers are not commenting on the photos, but according to a source they plan to talk to Maurkice Pouncey about the photos. A source close to Mike Pouncey expects the Dolphins to have a similar talk with the team’s starting center.


8 comments
RedPenn
RedPenn

The Pouncy's mother is a skank and she raised her sons to be illiterates.

bignatem
bignatem

His apology tweet is lame but it is up 


Philip10
Philip10 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why should anyone aspire to "free" hernandez? Is it because he's innocent -- that he didn't possibly murder 3 people ... much less one? Or is it because they played ball with him in college for a couple of years? This is not a freedom of speech issue. The Pouncey(s) represent their franchise(s), and they're promoting  another player who may have committed unspeakable crimes. How about wearing hats that say "Pray for Henandez" --- would that satisfy the first amendment hawks?

GP1
GP1

I am still trying to figure out why NFL players allow their first amendment rights to be "bargained" away during CBA talks.

Jeff63
Jeff63 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@GP1 because they get paid a sh*t-ton of money to do so

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips like.author.displayName 1 Like

Fire him as well from the NFL. Then hopefully law enforcement will investigate both of them. Ex-steelers fan!

tritipisgood
tritipisgood

They're just "keeping it real".  For me, NFL now stands for "No Fans Left".

nola70118
nola70118 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

They might as well wear hats that say "I'm an idiot."