Now, his brother says the shoe’s on the other foot, and that Mike is the one being tortured.
“I’m really, really close with him, and for them to keep torturing him like that, man, it’s terrible for him,” Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But he’s strong and motivated about things.
“He’s kind of just not talking to them right now, but with time, everything passes over, and that’s what we’re planning on.”
Maurkice painted a picture of his brother as someone who can no longer show his true personality (like that hilarious draft weekend joke about receiving gifts from incoming rookies).
“He’s outgoing like me, and it’s [tough] he has to tone it down, but they kind of take stuff and run with it,” Maurkice said. “I wish it could be a lot different for him, because I know he’s stressed out about it.”
If only Mike had a veteran mentor in the locker room to help him deal with that pressure, you know, the kind of guy he could trust and who wouldn’t use his weaknesses against him. The kind of guy who could offer support in a time of need, and not single him out for more ridicule because of that stress.
That would be nice.