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Mike Pouncey won’t talk about “Free Hernandez” hat

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The Pouncey brothers raised plenty of eyebrows with their decision to wear hats reading “Free Hernandez” to a club recently and one of them quickly apologized for referencing former Florida teammate Aaron Hernandez in that manner.

But Dolphins center Mike Pouncey isn’t joining his brother, Steelers center Maurkice, in a show of contrition. Mike Pouncey was asked about the hat after the Dolphins’ first practice of training camp on Sunday, but neither apologized nor otherwise talked about the hat.

I’m just here to focus on football,” Pouncey said. “It’s training camp right now, so we’re just here to focus on football.”

Reporters asked a few more times about the hat and referenced his brother’s apology, but Pouncey refused to engage on anything other than football. That’s his choice, although people will move on to football more quickly if the Dolphins center addresses his other choice to wear a hat showing support for an accused murderer whether or not that includes an apology for his haberdashery.

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48 Responses to “Mike Pouncey won’t talk about “Free Hernandez” hat”
  1. bigbuc419 says: Jul 21, 2013 12:51 PM

    All these political correct apologies are not even sincere so was does the media constantly probe for one

  2. expertop says: Jul 21, 2013 12:56 PM

    Brilliant public relations strategy.

  3. gdeli says: Jul 21, 2013 12:59 PM

    He’s ashamed,
    he knows it’s stupid and he feels bad about it.

  4. markeyh says: Jul 21, 2013 12:59 PM

    Hopefully that’s the end of it

  5. dcee101 says: Jul 21, 2013 12:59 PM

    Sounds like one narcissist defending another. Pouncey has been stellar since joining the Dolphins and was greatly admired. This makes it very clear that the public persona is a sham.

  6. gogronk says: Jul 21, 2013 1:14 PM

    So he wants to make a statement by wearing the hat but when asked he doesn’t want to talk about it. Way to make a stand.

  7. puckthefatriots says: Jul 21, 2013 1:14 PM

    Apparently the Dolphins won’t force him to apologize like the Steelers did with Maurkice.

  8. bennyb82 says: Jul 21, 2013 1:19 PM

    He should say at least he wasn’t wearing a 49ers hat.

  9. chillmodedlb says: Jul 21, 2013 1:19 PM

    Why does he have to apologize? Personally, I think Hernandez is almost certainly guilty, but the fact is that he hasn’t been convicted. So supporting a former teammate who “allegedly” committed a crime is something you have to apologize for? What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Is this part of the offseason really so boring that what hats everyone is wearing needs to come up over and over again?

  10. steelers4385 says: Jul 21, 2013 1:27 PM

    Looks like we got the better half

  11. eatitfanboy says: Jul 21, 2013 1:44 PM

    He’s not sorry and he refuses to act like he’s sorry.

    His brother is not sorry but was forced by his team to act like he was sorry.

    That’s the only difference.

  12. philyeagles5 says: Jul 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    What is so wrong about believing that your friend is not a killer? Prolly a natural reaction. Give these guys a break.

  13. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 21, 2013 2:01 PM

    He doesn’t owe anyone an apology or an explanation.
    He doesn’t owe any of you anything.
    Why would you think otherwise?

  14. jolink653 says: Jul 21, 2013 2:05 PM

    Finally someone who stands behind something he said or did rather than scrambling to apologize when people get offended…he’s showing support for his friend who has not been convicted of anything yet

  15. revskip says: Jul 21, 2013 2:05 PM

    He doesn’t have to apologize for wearing the hat. The guy is his buddy regardless of what he may or may not have done and like a good friend does he is supporting his buddy at a time when most are abandoning him. Speaks more about his character and the lack of character of those who want to lynch him for being a stand up guy.

  16. toonloonboon says: Jul 21, 2013 2:07 PM

    i dont care what tia and tamara think. just snap the ball, you unimportant football players

  17. jagwires says: Jul 21, 2013 2:11 PM

    Respect for him having an opinion and sticking with it instead of letting the media force an apology he doesn’t mean.

    I may disagree with him, but at least he doesn’t care about being a politically correct media puppet.

  18. raidersftw says: Jul 21, 2013 2:15 PM

    Who cares he’s his college teammate and its innocent until proven guilty, I believe he’s guilty but he deserves his day in court and supporters until then

  19. middy8484 says: Jul 21, 2013 2:19 PM

    Regardless of the fact, they are still idiots playing a kids game

  20. cwt123 says: Jul 21, 2013 2:34 PM

    Another member of the “I’m entitled” club. First, let’s wear an article of clothing and be photographed in it that makes a dumb @$& statement. Next, when asked about said clothing, refuse to speak about it. Nice job. Another upstanding member of society.

  21. dryzzt23 says: Jul 21, 2013 2:42 PM

    Pouncey did nothing wrong by wearing the hat. The law in the U.S. is still innocent until proven guilty right?
    It would have been perfectly fine if he had worn a “Free Zimmerman” hat.

  22. fanofevilempire says: Jul 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    and I do not apologize……………………..

  23. expertop says: Jul 21, 2013 3:09 PM

    The argument that he’s just “supporting” a college pal is patently ridiculous. This wasn’t some interview where the Pouncey brothers expressed some sincere sentiment. They were partying at a club and wore hats that said “Free Hernandez”. They were more than happy to have their pictures taken with big smiles on their faces, flashing some signs. Meanwhile, a guy’s family deals with the fact that a brother, son, etc. got MURDERED. The “Free So-and-So” slogan has historically been used as a rallying cry for people wrongfully imprisoned. Like political prisoners (“Free Mandela”) and those wrongfully convicted – like Rueben “Hurrican” Carter, for example. And while, yes, Hernandez is innocent until proven guilty, and deserves all appropriate legal benefit of the doubt, the actions of the Pouncey brothers was just plain stupid. Tone-deaf, ill-conceived and clearly – at least on the part of Maurkice – deserving of public apology. If Mike’s convictions are so strong that Hernandez should be freed, he certainly doesn’t seem to be standing behind them, does he? Not so funny in the light of day, outside of the club, is it, Einstein?

  24. dawkafella says: Jul 21, 2013 3:13 PM

    Free speech…. Innocent till proven guilty…. Freedom of expression… All things we are entitled to living in this country! Y’all fanatics want 24/7 all access granted into their lives then want them to apologize for living them how they see fit. He broke no laws so why are u crucifying him for it but will root and buy a jersey of someone who beats women and drives drunk! Get a life!

  25. mjmistretta says: Jul 21, 2013 3:20 PM

    This is still America rite??? Ok he can support anyone he so chooses without having to explain to the media…If you don’t like that please remove yourself from American soil thanks.

  26. papoose059 says: Jul 21, 2013 3:33 PM

    Mike > Maurkice

  27. riverhorsey says: Jul 21, 2013 4:00 PM

    Why do you think Hernandez should be free? Is the question I would ask him.

  28. doggeatdogg says: Jul 21, 2013 4:28 PM

    Perhaps the graphic details of the killing (s) will force them to reconsider their allegiance but unless AH does a plea deal, this is going to trial and the Pouncey brothers have just placed themselves on top of the list as character witnesses. If they are going to do the talk, they will be made to walk the walk.

  29. 1historian says: Jul 21, 2013 4:40 PM

    How would we all be without these wonderful moral lessons or sayings or flat out judgments which our worthy scribes all seem to think we need at the end of each piece?

    I for one would feel better – we don’t need it. And this is a stupid story in the first place.

  30. allhailkingflacco says: Jul 21, 2013 5:14 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with him wearing the hat or not answering questions about it. If he chooses to be an idiot, let him be an idiot.

    Let’s just call him what he is though, an idiot.

  31. pftfan says: Jul 21, 2013 5:17 PM

    The Dolphins are a first-class organization. Their best player shouldn’t have to apologize for supporting a murderer.

    Hey, did anyone see Sanchez’s headband?? That’s the real story, people!!

  32. baltimoresportsfan says: Jul 21, 2013 5:39 PM

    Neither he, nor his brother, are individuals of conviction but are thoughtless, immature, individuals of low intelligence and moral character. If they were honorable and wanted to stand up and support a friend ,guilty or not, most would respect that. Say it, and stand by it. When asked, state that you support your friend. Period. Cowardly retractions/ apologies or failing to make a real statement when offered the opportunity to do it reveal these men to be the low quality individuals the thoughtless picture shows them to be.

  33. mrone50 says: Jul 21, 2013 5:39 PM

    Mike Pouncey is standing his ground. The perks of playing in Florida rather than Pennsylvania

  34. xinellum says: Jul 21, 2013 6:02 PM

    Of course he doesn’t have to answer, Miami won’t do crap about him but you bet the Rooneys put an end to it and Markice quickly did an about face. There can not be a more clear example of the influence of an organization if they want to have some intestinal fortitude. Obviously the Miami front office doesn’t have the cajunas that Pittsnurgh has and that is why Miami will be perennial losers. Maybe the Miami front office should all wear skirts because they are clearly missing some man parts.

  35. mackcarrington says: Jul 21, 2013 6:12 PM

    People can see what Mike Pouncey is all about and what he stands for now. So if you wear a Mike Pouncey jersey are you, by proxy, also wearing a “Free Hernandez” cap too?

  36. officialgame says: Jul 21, 2013 7:19 PM

    If you look like a slug, and act like a slug, then you are a slug.

  37. jayquintana says: Jul 21, 2013 7:25 PM

    That Florida “education” is really showing. All he has to do to make this go away is say, “it was a dumb joke, sorry.”

  38. alchemistcirca1979 says: Jul 21, 2013 8:16 PM

    Good, Im tired of fake apologies, If your not sorry don’t say you are. Just deal with the consequences.

    Now lets talk about actual football news, and stop the drama talk like we’re women in a hair salon.

  39. crapdrawers says: Jul 21, 2013 9:03 PM

    Recall the shooting in florida when Hernandez was a freshman, it was over a chain supposedly stolen from a pouncey brother, no? Perhaps the brothers pouncey are carefully measuring their words in fear that hernandez will sell information regarding past shootings in an effort to lessen his own eventual sentence???

  40. leopardjferry says: Jul 21, 2013 9:31 PM

    I look to NFL players for moral guidance, so I’m glad that this has all been sorted out.

  41. newcomer2013 says: Jul 21, 2013 9:39 PM

    Mike Pouncey doesn’t owe anyone an apology this is a matter of class and respect for life and Mike has neither

  42. conormacleod says: Jul 21, 2013 10:29 PM

    If my college friend, or my brother, was accused of multiple murders, I would keep my mouth shut until a final verdict. And if he was found guilty, I would wash my hands of him and never speak of him. Low life’s do not deserve respect.

  43. djstat says: Jul 21, 2013 10:43 PM

    The Puncey boys are classless pigs. I don’t want an apology from Mike. I’d respect him if he simply said: “my friend said he’s innocent, I believe him and I support him. As long as he hasn’t been convicted I think he should be free.”

    Instead he wears said hat, smiles for idiotic picture and then won’t talk about it. Gutless pig

  44. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 21, 2013 11:08 PM

    I understand and have advocated for innocence until proven guilty, but we now have evidence being presented by the lawyers, not the media, showing witnesses willing to testify Hernandez killed this man and possibly others. There is a car, gun, and security system all drenched in blood in his name.

    Sorry, but you don’t go around saying free Hernandez without it getting noticed by the media. If you believe in freedoms of speech then you better be able to stand by that speech when others use their freedom of speech to question yours.

  45. billsboy88 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:49 AM

    So, if you don’t want to talk about it, what made you think it was a good idea to wear the stupid hat in the first place?? (Much less posing in front of a camera with it on)

    What exactly did you expect? Idiot

  46. murfdeezy says: Jul 22, 2013 1:40 AM

    Why is it that so many of the upstanding patriots of this country defending the Pouncey brothers’ constitutional rights and Hernandez’s right to be innocent until proven guilty can’t even spell? It makes it hard to take you seriously. Am I to believe you can’t spell simple words like right and probably, but you some how have some deep insight into the underlying strategy here? Come on.

    I will not pretend to analyze what was going on in their heads, or whether or not they were supposedly standing up for a friend. I will simply comment on the obvious. The Patriots are cutting all ties. They obviously believe he is guilty of murder or conspiracy. They are at least informed of enough to believe that he was complicit in some way to the degree that they immediately had to was the stink off them. They didn’t cut Dennard. However, this has also been a fiasco for the NFL and has all kinds of media investigating and drudging up statistics on how many knucklehead losers and screw ups that they employ. These two idiots did not think at all. They are both now professionals working for the a very public employer. An employer that wants to kill this story or let it die as fast as possible, and certainly doesn’t want to be coming out in support of it. They just look like morons, or two troublemakers supporting another.

    The fact that you wore the hat does not make it a bold statement. One fake apology makes it a joke, another using it to get attention and then not having the balls to comment about it is not courageous. It’s quite the contrary…cowardice. If you are going to take a stand and back your boy…go big or go home loser. Stop just stirring the pot to get some attention for yourself, and the wrong kind of attention for your team and your league.

    I think it’s funny how nobody thought it was admirable to take the stand for Papa Joe down there at Penn state. When his students rallied, they were criticized for being delusional. I won’t say that the criticism was deserved or not. I’m just saying that standing up for a teammate or a coach or anyone in life is not always the stand up thing to do. Sometimes, you should look at the facts and think about why the rest of the country thinks he’s guilty. I mean, there is so much evidence that his best defense is a frame job. Get real.

  47. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 22, 2013 7:55 AM

    What you’re seeing is clearly the difference between a team on the rise and one on the decline. Dolphins humiliated the Steelers by snatching their best receiver and now they refuse to force one of their own into uttering a hollow apology. On the other hand, you have the Steelers who can’t afford any more scandals, especially when their bandwagon fan base is due to contract now that they’ve been forecast to miss the playoffs two years in a row.

  48. sbchampsagain says: Jul 23, 2013 11:31 AM

    Come on Steelers, stop clowning around and get back to football. While these goofs are out partying and taking pics, every team in the AFCN is getting better. AARGH! Come on Tomlin!

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