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Mike Pouncey still silent on “Free Hernandez” hat

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Maybe the Pouncey twins aren’t so identical, after all.

A day after Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey apologized for wearing a “Free Hernandez” hat at their joint birthday party, Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has said nothing.

A Dolphins spokesman tells PFT that the team doesn’t know whether Mike Pouncey will be issuing his own apology, but that Mike Pouncey undoubtedly will be asked about the situation by the media when the Dolphins convene for training camp in only five days.

One league source has suggested that Maurkice’s apology possibly was driven by the organization for which he plays.  The source also floated the possibility that Maurkice’s apology encompassed both players.

Given Maurkice’s use of “I” and “my,” however, that would apply only if the Pounceys were not only identical twins, but also conjoined.

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64 Responses to “Mike Pouncey still silent on “Free Hernandez” hat”
  1. doe22us says: Jul 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    Through the apology you can clearly see the big difference in how the organizations are run.

  2. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    Maybe he isn’t sorry. Maybe he really wants Aaron Hernandez to be free. Or maybe he’s just not a pansy who rushes to appease everyone with an apology any time the media blows something like this way out of proportion.

  3. mrpresident50 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:06 PM

    I can imagine this won’t sit well with Dictator Joe Philbin.

  4. wryly1 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:08 PM

    Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

  5. hatesycophants says: Jul 16, 2013 2:09 PM

    This doesn’t rate an apology corporate sponsored or otherwise.

  6. whatjusthapped says: Jul 16, 2013 2:12 PM

    What difference would an apology really make?, he has already proven to the world that he is a complete idiot.

    Or is that a given when it comes to U of FLA student athletes? Let’s ask Urban Meyer to weigh in on this important topic.

  7. veence69 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:14 PM

    You seemed to have something to say, Mike. Why so silent now that you’ve got our attention.

  8. insanelomein2 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:15 PM

    The worst part is that those hats had to have been specialty order. So not only do you have stunad #1 and #2 supporting this guy but they are supporting his cause as well.

    This is quite alarming.

  9. njraidersfan says: Jul 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    Why should he have to apologize for supporting his friend who was found guilty of nothing

  10. djstat says: Jul 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    Both of these guys are a disgrace. If either of them were the victim would they wear the same hat?

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    Well maybe their souls are conjoined through quantum entanglement. Then the sentiment from the first apology instantaneously transfers to the other brother as well.

  12. steelbloggin says: Jul 16, 2013 2:24 PM

    Translation: “I have not yet been issued my apology from the PR department of the Miami Dolphins. Please have patience while they get the correct language drawn up that will posture some false personal humility and personal sorrow along with my promise to make better decisions next time.”

  13. kpettas123 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:24 PM

    MAYBE they are supporting a buddy.. They might think he is innocent.. Lets remember he has not been proven otherwise!!! Freedom of speech!

  14. ccjcsr says: Jul 16, 2013 2:26 PM

    Silence speaks volumes!

  15. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo says: Jul 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    Why should he apologize if that’s how he feels? Screw it. Stand by it.

  16. bux1022 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:35 PM

    Free speech and he wasn’t at the teams facility. He can do and say and wear whatever he wants. Last time I checked the judge hadn’t given a verdict oh AH. I’m sure half of the idiots responses convicted OJ and Ray Lewis before trial also, look how that turned out!!

  17. daysend564 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:36 PM

    We don’t know these guys aren’t Corsican Brothers. Maybe it is really Mike that hasn’t apologized.

    Whichever one it is, almost have to have more respect for that one that didn’t cave to appease the media.

  18. beachsidejames says: Jul 16, 2013 2:36 PM

    To much to do about nothing. If the Pouncey’s want to support their friend by wearing a hat that says that so be it as its their right in a free country where people are innocent until proven guilty. Imo Hernandez should rot in h*ll. I’m entitled to that and so are the Pouncey brothers when they are on their own personal time and not on company time.

  19. jrcoop says: Jul 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    “Through the apology you can clearly see the big difference in how the organizations are run.”
    ————————————————-
    Yeah right, the Steelers PR guy got back from vacation sooner than the Dolphins, and immediately went into knee-jerk reaction mode.

    The only people he needs to apologize to are team mates and coaches for foolishly putting himself in a position to be ridiculed by the media and assorted haters. If/when AH is convicted, perhaps to the victims family. Everyone else should put down their stones unless they’ve never done something foolish at a party or in life.

  20. blackshirtz says: Jul 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    blood brothers

  21. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    This is why we have six rings.

  22. controllerzero says: Jul 16, 2013 2:49 PM

    Sometimes you’re better off just saying nothing. Wearing those hats was completely unnecessary, but they are entitled to their opinion. Now they have to deal with other people’s opinions too and it might end up costing them when companies choose not to hire them to peddle whatever it is they make.

  23. jrebar88 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    The same people on here defending these two idiots were probably defending that murderer Hernandez too.

  24. lilrob10201 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    Why should he apologize for wanting his friend to be free ?He is human so he should be able to have his own opinions also.

  25. tarr123 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:53 PM

    You don’t have to like it but you should respect him for not going all Neville Chamberlain and appeasing his corporate overlords and sticking by his friend even though he’s most likely toast.

  26. 6packsteelers says: Jul 16, 2013 2:53 PM

    If your college friend wound up in trouble, would you support them??

  27. fdugrad says: Jul 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    I do not understand the stances espoused by some posts referencing First Amendment and rights in a free country etc. I haven’t seen ONE comment arguing whether or not citizens have the “RIGHT” to put their opinions forward. It seems to me the questions should center more around appropriateness, taste in expression, timing of statements, and let us not forget, empathy for the family of the deceased. These areas are, to me the REAL points of discussion. A “right” has NOTHING to do with APPROPRIATENESS.

  28. securb2013 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    Hernandez hasn’t been convicted of anything yet. He is hoping his friend is innocent of these charges. What the hell is wrong with that?

  29. danthman42 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:01 PM

    doe22us says:
    Jul 16, 2013 2:05 PM
    Through the apology you can clearly see the big difference in how the organizations are run.

    haha, yeah okay…because your QB is clearly the standard against which we should all judge ourselves.

    it’s hilarious how many people blindly repeat the media’s many false narratives no matter how many times they’re eventually proven wrong. (e.g. sanchez is good because “he won” 4 road playoff games, or no one wants to play for miami)

    hopefully, with hernandez and everything else that’s gone on, people will start catching onto the fact that no matter how many times the media promotes it, the correlation between winning and class is just another one of their false narratives. the fact that new england wins 12 games a year and bob kraft is a seemingly nice guy doesn’t make them any more of a “class organization” than anyone else. in fact, most logical people would argue that given spygate, hernandez, and the countless other shady players and dealings they’ve had going through there the last 10 years, the opposite is true.

  30. claudegirwho says: Jul 16, 2013 3:04 PM

    Football fans are becoming as dumb as the players

  31. obmig says: Jul 16, 2013 3:10 PM

    Maybe his longtime close friend is in jail and hasn’t been convicted of anything yet. He doesn’t have to apologize for anything. It might be difficult to believe that his friend did it.

  32. t8ertot says: Jul 16, 2013 3:11 PM

    Maybe he’s standing his ground, which is admirable. There’s nothing more annoying than athletes going back on their words, inspired by someone else. Even if its a dumb statement or stance, at least man up and say you meant what you said

  33. pleazenufalready says: Jul 16, 2013 3:15 PM

    Always love the numbnutz who cry “free speech”……..for the uninformed, the first amendment only guarantees that the government can’t lock you up for something that you’ve said. It doesn’t mean that you can’t get grilled in the court of public opinion or that your employer can’t fire you for opening your stupid mouth.

  34. heavykrishna says: Jul 16, 2013 3:15 PM

    He is allowed to have an opinion, nothing wrong with that. Whether the court of public opinion agrees or not. This is stupid.

  35. dexterismyhero says: Jul 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    Free Zimmerman!!!!

  36. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    Why should the Dolphins do anything when the Steelers have already made fools of themselves with that lame non-apology-apology? Steelers are really a mess. They tolerate sex scandals, sign gun toting felons, let the fans pee all over the stadium, get Tebowed out of the playoffs, lose half their games … etc. Obviously Looney has lost control. Time to sell the team, move it to another city, and start over.

  37. brazzz01 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    Free Hernandez

  38. dantemania says: Jul 16, 2013 3:42 PM

    its funny all these drones thinking they know something. honestly who cares . This organization that organization. Rapist or Murder if rothlisburger can get off of rape. Hernandez can get off on circumstantial evidence and no murder weapon. Not to mention the motive is flimsy. Hey there is a chance he did it. But if im not mistaken some guy shot a kid who was whippin his ass and got off. Your telling me this rich football player did it without a doubt. It likely points to him but stranger things have happends

  39. brazzz01 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:45 PM

    Don’t forget….

    …Spygate.

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 16, 2013 3:48 PM

    Joemontanaflacco | Jul 16, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT
    Why should the Dolphins do anything when the Steelers have already made fools of themselves with that lame non-apology-apology? Steelers are really a mess. They tolerate sex scandals, sign gun toting felons, let the fans pee all over the stadium, get Tebowed out of the playoffs, lose half their games … etc. Obviously Looney has lost control. Time to sell the team, move it to another city, and start over.
    Half of what you said is slander as you like to say of the Ray Lewis comments. So it’s ok for you to slander the steelers. Come on sonny time to grow up. Oh the pee on the field is so you and the ravens will have the smell of home right on the field….no thanks are required…as if you have manners?

  41. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 16, 2013 3:50 PM

    Mike’s gettin’ ready to saddle up that high horse! Go get ‘em cowboy! Be the moral authority!

  42. danthman42 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:02 PM

    pleazenufalready says:
    Jul 16, 2013 3:15 PM
    Always love the numbnutz who cry “free speech”……..for the uninformed, the first amendment only guarantees that the government can’t lock you up for something that you’ve said. It doesn’t mean that you can’t get grilled in the court of public opinion or that your employer can’t fire you for opening your stupid mouth.

    THANK YOU. Finally someone with a brain. I’m a dolphins fan, but free speech has absolutely no place in this argument. None. If someone starts posting that he should be locked up for wearing a hernandez hat, then cry free speech all you want. Otherwise, it’s completely irrelevant.

    People act like because of free speech, the steelers and dolphins can’t tell these guys who to support or reprimand them for the hat or even release them if they wanted to. Oh no? The yankees tell their players they can’t have beards. Your employer tells you what to wear when you go to work. Don Imus and countless others have gotten fired over things they said. No one is infringing upon anyone’s free speech in any of those cases.

    Employment is a privilege, not a right. What the constitution says about your rights as a citizen couldn’t have anything less to do with this.

  43. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 16, 2013 4:15 PM

    Disgusting. Pathetic. Both of them.

    They were Prob outraged by Trayvon Martin case but hypocracy has its way of coming around when your x-teamate is a murderer now you want him free.

    Justice system and public perception is awful.

  44. alchemistcirca1979 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:26 PM

    all these self righteous commentators are becoming annoying.

  45. lanman11 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:27 PM

    Regardless of personal taste, what I notice here as well in many other cases where the main stream media (MSM) is feeding on the drama and dictating how the masses respond to things, people’s individual rights become less and less important. What becomes important is that you not only draw your own opinions in line with the masses and the MSM, but if you fall outside what they have ordained as the consensus viewpoint, you must publicly apologize (be shamed) and possibly be punished, simply for having an unpopular view point that doesn’t line up with the official position of the liberal MSM. There are similarities, however mild right now, to governments and propaganda machines in history where if you voiced a dissenting opinion, you were identified as an enemy of the state. What all these organizations and players fear, and why they have PR departments and people, is that protecting their rights comes at the expense of public shaming of the person and the employer, and while it’s easy to argue against that with a logical person and defend your case, you can’t do that with the ignorant masses and the negative momentum that gets built up by the reality tv media when something like this happens. So instead they suck it up and withdraw, and hope the dark cloud passes over them and moves on to the next “controversy.”

    It’s really a bit sickening when you think about the cowardice that exists among men today that in the past, would never have been tolerated. We are now living in a world that has been transformed by the Democratic Party and the Liberal MSM and their supporting arms, like Feminists, LGBT’s, their beta male white knight supporters, Labor Unions, Environmentalists, Socialists, and various other fringe political groups who have worked tirelessly to help themselves or make their own brand of bizarre behavior more acceptable, while hoping to feed at the public trough. When a man stands up and gives his opinion today, and it is unpopular, we should applaud his courage rather than join these d-bags and second rate beta men in their attempts at shaming him into silence. I’m talking to all you supposed men out there. It’s well past time for a ball check.

    [note: not all the work these groups do is bad, but they do more damage than good at this point]

  46. nflpoker says: Jul 16, 2013 4:28 PM

    I guess he is not sorry. But that is up to him.

  47. theuglitruth says: Jul 16, 2013 4:32 PM

    Maybe he’s just an idiot.

  48. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:33 PM

    just another punk.

  49. chrisnyg says: Jul 16, 2013 4:45 PM

    Steelers are run with class!
    Dolphins not so much..

  50. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Jul 16, 2013 4:51 PM

    Why does he need to apologize publicly?

  51. eatitfanboy says: Jul 16, 2013 4:54 PM

    djstat says:
    Jul 16, 2013 2:20 PM
    Both of these guys are a disgrace. If either of them were the victim would they wear the same hat?

    Probably not, because they would be dead.

  52. FinFan68 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:54 PM

    He ought to come out and announce that he indeed wore the hat and simply acknowledge that it was not the wisest move concerning public sentiment and then refuse to say another word. He would actually be agreeing with those all riled up but they would not be satisfied until he apologizes (either all by himself or through a paid spokesman)

    It was not “sensitive” towards the victim’s family and may cast a negative light on Pouncey’s moral compass or decision making ability but it is entirely overblown. Where is the outrage over those supporting the Boston marathon bomber? There isn’t much because we don’t know who those morons are so there isn’t much interest or money to be made.

  53. nathanbetz91 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:13 PM

    This is stupid, don’t apologize! Because why should you? It was a joke.its no different than wearing a hat that said “o.j. didnt do it”. and plus what if he actually believes hernandez didnt do it? isnt he entitled to his own opinion? that is innocent until proven guilty…

  54. dimi1919 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:26 PM

    Just do what ray Lewis did. Sell out your friends, let them take the rap and serve life, while going on to a hall if fame career.

  55. sammyias says: Jul 16, 2013 5:29 PM

    Odin Loyd.

    The Pounceys were much higher in my book … Now they are just part of the gang.

  56. blackhawks2010 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:27 PM

    Urban Meyer sure recruited some quality character types at UF….

  57. dagrizzman says: Jul 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    Maurkice got the word real quick from a team that tolerates none of this stuff.I’m sure he had no intentions of issuing an apology but was more or less ordered to or else.Mike on the other hand works for a team with lower values and discipline.I’m sure the commish is keeping an eye on this whole situation given all the bad publicity the NFL has received the past couple weeks.

  58. accipiterq says: Jul 16, 2013 6:42 PM

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARES

    Are you people seriously waiting around with bated breath to see if a guy apologizes for wearing a hat? Was it in bad taste, who knows, the guy hasn’t even had his trial yet.

  59. jerrygray721 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:48 PM

    He should have just wore that 49’s hat instead

  60. thermanmerman99 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:04 PM

    his agent is busy trying to write a completely different apology that doesnt sound exactly like his brothers, to look somewhat sincere, but we still wont believe it

  61. steelbloggin says: Jul 16, 2013 8:02 PM

    Translation (UPDATE): “I cannot believe that it’s taking the Dolphins PR department this freaking long to write this stupid statement. Man, they sure are making me look bad!”

    Translation: “I have not yet been issued my apology from the PR department of the Miami Dolphins. Please have patience while they get the correct language drawn up that will posture some false personal humility and personal sorrow along with my promise to make better decisions next time.”

  62. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 16, 2013 8:10 PM

    IMO, Maurkice’s contrived apology was too late. By wearing that hat, both his allegiance and intelligence were exposed.
    Mike might as well save his energy.
    The damage has been done.
    The too-cool Pounceys obviously feel good about being hip-hop posse members of the feared Hernandez Gang.
    Here’s an idea: the NFL should raise ticket, parking, concession and merchandise prices so these 20-something-year-old punks with too much free time can have even more money dumped into their laps.

  63. brazzz01 says: Jul 17, 2013 2:07 PM

    Clearly the Patriots can’t win without Spygate. Any questions?

  64. steelerben says: Jul 17, 2013 2:42 PM

    They were wearing the hats at their joint birthday party. On birthdays, people tend to receive gifts. Sometimes these gifts are of the “gag” variety. I’m sure they both are friends with someone that found the hats hysterical, and gave them one each as a gift. Of course they found the hats the height of humor as well, and put them on to wear around their (drunken) party.

    Yeah, Maurkice put out an apology. It was written by the team and he was marched out to give it to the media. The Steelers get enough negative attention without asking for any extra, so it was a decent PR move.

    Yeah, Mike hasn’t put out an apology. The team didn’t force him, and I’m sure he is annoyed that everything is so PC and scrutinized that you can’t even have a sense of humor anymore.

    Let it go, people.

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