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Steelers, Dolphins will talk to Pounceys about “Free Hernandez” hats

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The Steelers are saying nothing publicly about center Maurkice Pouncey’s decision to don a “Free Hernandez” hat with his twin brother, Mike, during their recent birthday party.  As we correctly surmised (for a change), the Steelers will be talking to Maurkice Pouncey privately.

John Clayton of ESPN reports that the Steelers will talk to Maurkice about the situation.

Clayton says the Dolphins plan to have a similar talk with Mike Pouncey.

Though both players were on one hand expressing support for a former college teammate and friend, Aaron Hernandez stands accused of first-degree murder, and he reportedly is being investigated for an unsolved double murder that occurred last July in Boston.

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50 Responses to “Steelers, Dolphins will talk to Pounceys about “Free Hernandez” hats”
  1. fumblenuts says: Jul 14, 2013 11:47 PM

    I can’t seem to find my “Free Charles Manson” hat………Oh wait!

  2. olyniner says: Jul 14, 2013 11:54 PM

    2013: year of DUIs and stupid hat decisions. Oh and murder, “allegedly”.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 15, 2013 12:04 AM

    I’ve found out over the years that using my brain before I say or do something really goes a long way. Good luck on all that Pouncey…and may this revelation come to you sooner rather than later.

  4. dans761 says: Jul 15, 2013 12:06 AM

    I thought this country was about “innocent till proven guilty”, what’s the problem with the hats? My opinion is AH is guilty but he’s entitled to a fair trial and answer to his charges. Now if he were found guilty in a court of law and those hats were word I’d have a problem but he hasn’t so wear what you want!

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 15, 2013 12:07 AM

    Did Clayton say if these teams ever talked with the players before? If so, what did they talk about with the time they did spend with them. Just curious. Maybe Xbox/Playstation debates? Sorry I have to ask since the team remains mute and has cut off communication with the public. Perhaps the problem will go away Monday morning all by itself.

  6. skleech22 says: Jul 15, 2013 12:12 AM

    This won’t faze the Pouncey’s, they’ll be like IHOP, serving up pancakes all season long!!!

  7. packerbackernj says: Jul 15, 2013 12:13 AM

    Low-life. Both of them.

  8. drsimester says: Jul 15, 2013 12:28 AM

    Cool story bro

  9. rickyspanish says: Jul 15, 2013 12:39 AM

    Those guys are in their mid twenties, a talk seems ridiculous. They made a conscious decision to make and then wear polarizing hats. They knew what they were doing. The only thing these guys respect is money, take it away and they will get their attention, otherwise don’t insult us by having a stern discussion with them.

  10. vols84 says: Jul 15, 2013 12:42 AM

    What would you expect from former gaytor playas?

  11. decayeahranger says: Jul 15, 2013 12:59 AM

    Just play your 8-12 years, keep silent about your views, make AND save your money, then when you’ve won your Championships, had your HOF career and are Broadcasting for ESPN, NBC, FOX, CBS or whoever else, then make your feelings known to us…other than that, the majority of us don’t even care. GET YOURS, DON’T “Mendenhall” your career by thinking you know more than you really do, you hear me Maurkice and LeVeon Bell?

  12. aaroncurryisbust says: Jul 15, 2013 1:29 AM

    Can’t restrict freedom of speech, they shouldn’t pretend they don’t want their friend freed.

  13. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 15, 2013 1:46 AM

    When will the insanity displayed by NFL players and their worshipers stop?
    I am sickened by Aaron Hernandez.
    And I’m embarrassed by and for Maurkice Pouncey.
    While Franco Harris, a pillar of the Pittsburgh community since 1972, is ridiculed by the Pittsburgh sports media and Steelers fans for his support of Joe Paterno and Joe’s legacy, that same media and fans seem content to overlook Pouncey’s support of an accused cold-blooded killer.
    Giddy, groupie-like fans are ruining sports.

  14. claudegirwho says: Jul 15, 2013 2:01 AM

    It’s just too incredible that after the trayvon Martin stuff that they would do this. All the uproar over that yet they back a serial killer. The nfl is becoming a punch line to a huge joke.

  15. bsizemore68 says: Jul 15, 2013 2:25 AM

    There is no cure for stupid.Bill

  16. culturalelitist says: Jul 15, 2013 2:40 AM

    This just in: Hernandez has confessed to killing all those people, but claims it all happened in Florida.

  17. cherrybop says: Jul 15, 2013 3:11 AM

    Someone should make a video game called “Super Pouncey Bros.”. I’d buy it.

  18. polarbroncofan says: Jul 15, 2013 3:46 AM

    What a couple of dumb a$$es. Of course, it’ll come out later that they were just “joking”. I mean – what’s the big deal? Physically strong and talented – mentally and socially delinquent. Why should we be surprised?

  19. enochmh2 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:59 AM

    Even if the evidence is supposedly damning can we wait until he’s found guilty.I mean Nfl.com has wiped out his career stats yet rae carruth’s stats are still there

  20. patsfan13 says: Jul 15, 2013 4:20 AM

    Is there any truth to the rumor that Hernandez wants a change of venue to Fla because they don’t convict murderers there?

  21. tomtravis76 says: Jul 15, 2013 4:59 AM

    Now if these two guys were publically speaking out in support for there friend there would be no issue, but these two are clearly misinformed and think their buddy is cool for living this lifestyle of killing people who disrespect you.

    The public apologies will be coming once the trial is over, standard PR crap as usual. As you get older you tend to cringe at the way you thought in your younger days. They will realize how dumb this was at some point.

  22. tahnoonzee says: Jul 15, 2013 5:22 AM

    The Pouncey’s will also be part of the investigation from the days dating back from UF.

  23. mgavin78 says: Jul 15, 2013 5:24 AM

    Losers. How stupid they look.
    It sucks that people are blessed with athletic ability, but have zero common sense.

  24. ebr362 says: Jul 15, 2013 5:58 AM

    Morons……

  25. wryly1 says: Jul 15, 2013 6:25 AM

    The Pouncey’s have a First Amendment right to publicly display their ignorance — and when they do, the rest of us have the same right comment on same.

  26. ryann252013 says: Jul 15, 2013 6:39 AM

    Ireland to Pouncey: “we took him off our draft board”

  27. ajgreenhof says: Jul 15, 2013 6:46 AM

    Supporting a potential murder and celebration kisses. An odd group.

  28. zwilhelm16 says: Jul 15, 2013 7:39 AM

    I now view these guys as total idiots.

  29. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 15, 2013 7:42 AM

    Oh, here we go with the repressed BS because he isn’t white crap!

  30. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Jul 15, 2013 8:29 AM

    Stupid football players. Next year I want Tomlin to force the team to live at training camp the entire offseason. Latrobe, Pa gets a economic boost, and a Steeler doesn’t say or do something stupid.

    Sorry, bad weekend, I’m just ragin’.

  31. sbchampsagain says: Jul 15, 2013 8:37 AM

    *smack head*
    Come on, Pouncy.
    Dont be a Mendenhall!

  32. myspaceyourface says: Jul 15, 2013 8:37 AM

    What good is a friend if they are not there for you in your darkest hour? The hats were a little over board, but I understand their concern for a friend.

  33. w0rkh0lic1 says: Jul 15, 2013 8:41 AM

    Aaron Hernandez will be locked up for years from his gun possession charges alone. Several of the gun charges come with 1 year minimum sentences in the state. So even if he’s not convicted in the murder, he’ll be gone a while. Those brothers need a better cause to put on their hats. And whether he was a friend or not “back in the day”.. sometimes you need to cut ties from a lost cause. Hernandez is an anchor, and all he can do at this point is bring down the people around him.

  34. ctiggs says: Jul 15, 2013 8:44 AM

    Freedom of speech………

  35. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 15, 2013 8:51 AM

    Another embarassing moment for Steeler Nation! First, the QB drags the team into a humiliating sex scandal. Then they re-sign a convicted gun toting felon. Then the fans pee all over Heinz field. And now this. Touche, Steeler Nation. Touche.

  36. southcarolinamike says: Jul 15, 2013 8:56 AM

    Most of these guys aren’t very smart. Maybe he meant “Fry Hernandez”, but his spelling was off.

  37. canehouse says: Jul 15, 2013 9:22 AM

    Go Gators!!

  38. abninf says: Jul 15, 2013 9:40 AM

    ctiggs says:

    Freedom of speech………
    ===================================

    And the rest of us have freedom of speech to call them idiots. It works both ways.

  39. tombradyswig says: Jul 15, 2013 9:43 AM

    idiots!!
    Wasn’t one of them with Ahern when he shot someone else?
    And he’s still playing, WHY?!???!

    Scum of the earth!

  40. moee80 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:55 AM

    There’s nothing wrong with support your friend innocent till proven guilty

  41. gb4mn0 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:04 AM

    Free Andrew Cunanan. Just practicing my freedom of speech rights.

  42. troy43mvp says: Jul 15, 2013 10:28 AM

    I think they are upset that the media has Hernandez being prosecuted through the media (which often happens PFT included). Oh and if you post that you now think the Pouncey’s are idiots or morons….I don’t think either of them care, because they don’t know you.

  43. blueglaze says: Jul 15, 2013 10:45 AM

    It’s America. Let them have their opinions.

  44. grant444 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    Dear Joemontanaflacco – you must be about 20 yrs old not to remember all the transgressions your ugly Ratbirds have committed over the years: The infamous trio of Lewis boys: Ray w/ the murder rap, Jamal’s cocaine incarceration & subsequent delinquency on a $700k bank loan, & Jermaine in a hit & run/resisting arrest in Baltimore in 2011.. It’s funny how all the Ravens fans all of a sudden actually have the spine to post comments because their team wins a SB about every 13 years.

  45. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 15, 2013 11:12 AM

    The Pouncey’s apology:

    ” Well, at least it wasn’t a Dolphin’s hat…”

  46. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 15, 2013 12:20 PM

    “… you must be about 20 yrs old not to remember all the transgressions your ugly Ratbirds have committed over the years: The infamous trio of Lewis boys: Ray w/ the murder rap, Jamal’s cocaine incarceration & subsequent delinquency on a $700k bank loan, & Jermaine in a hit & run/resisting arrest in Baltimore in 2011.”

    I was talking about the present, not the past. But you did make me laugh out loud by bringing up Jermaine Lewis, who is a man, by the way, not a BOY. He left the Ravens 10 years BEFORE he got into trouble. Do you troll Bills’ sites and bring up OJ? How about Dolphins for Mercury Morris? NYG for Lawrence Taylor? Wait! What about Justin Strzelcyzk!

    It’s ok. Steelers are just going through a bad period right now. Losing half their games after getting Tebowed might not be enough to make a Ravens fan pee all over his stadium but Pittsburgh is unique. After all, you have six rings, right?

  47. Deb says: Jul 15, 2013 12:27 PM

    Yes, yes, yes, it’s a free country and people may say what they wish. But the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting most speech. It doesn’t say you won’t get punched in the nose if you call the wrong person a nasty name. It doesn’t say you won’t get fired if you annoy your employer. You speak freely at your own risk. It’s fine that the Pouncey brothers want to blindly support their old classmate. But like it or not, they are public figures representing a high-profile company. Their employers have a right to expect them to demonstrate some common sense.

  48. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 15, 2013 12:31 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jul 15, 2013 8:51 AM
    Another embarassing moment for Steeler Nation! First, the QB drags the team into a humiliating sex scandal. Then they re-sign a convicted gun toting felon. Then the fans pee all over Heinz field. And now this. Touche, Steeler Nation. Touche.

    15 13 You have be very stupid to post something so childish. Being a raven fan and a big supporter of an obstructor of justice you have no room to say anything of a judge mental nature. Don’t forget the little Suggs beating his future wife….but hey we know steeler hatred is your reason for living, but so pathetic it’s funny.

  49. tommynatorii says: Jul 15, 2013 3:15 PM

    Wonder what the companys they advertise for think.

  50. tm1384 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:23 PM

    I’m a huge Dolphin fan but this is NOT a smart thing these guys are doing. They have got to know that the vast majority of the country along with the Patriots believe this guy is guilty. The evidence already presented makes the likelihood of his ties in at least some form completely obvious. What makes even less sense is that there was an incident at UF, where the Pouncey brothers along with Hernandez and another active NFL player were questioned but released in the shooting of players of an opposing team. Why would you want to continue to throw fuel on the fire if there is even a remote possibility that people think you may be attached to that case??? Even if it’s just that they are showing their support of guy who not only was their friend, and roommate at UF. But it makes you wonder why two really smart guys would do be willing to take the PR hit they were bound to get from this. I mean are they worried that if they don’t let Hernandez know they are in support of him, that if something were to surface in that other case which I’m sure is being looked at very closely again, that he would snitch on them? I know it sounds crazy but I think it’s really strange and odd that these two would go to the extent of having hats made to support their “boy”.

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