Mike Pouncey remembers his friend, Aaron Hernandez

AP

Aaron Hernandez was a convicted murderer, and not a sympathetic figure. But he still left friends and family behind after his prison suicide, and they’re mourning in their own ways at the moment.

One of the first to publicly acknowledge Hernandez’s death was Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who posted an Instagram message showing a smiling Hernandez in his Patriots uniform.

“To my friend my brother!,” Pouncey wrote. “Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other’s side. Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined. It was just a day ago we shared our last convo. I will forever miss you and love you bro. we will meet again rest easy! ❤️🙏🏽.”

While a compassionate note from someone who knew Hernandez in college, it’s also likely to be one of the few supportive messages we’ll see today, as most people will try to avoid anything resembling support for a man who was spending life in prison without parole for taking the life of Odin Lloyd.

51 responses to “Mike Pouncey remembers his friend, Aaron Hernandez

  1. He took many lives. You get what you deserve. No sympathy from me. Happy the families got closure and justice. The world is a better place without that monster.

  2. He was being nice to a friend. Everyone has flaws. Ironic that he wins the case and then kills himself. Guess seeing his loved ones and having a brief taste of freedom…it’s just too much going back into a cage.

  3. He put himself in exactly the place he was at. He wasted the many gifts the Creator gave him, more gifts than most get. That’s exactly who he was.

  4. “He was being nice to a friend. Everyone has flaws. Ironic that he wins the case and then kills himself. Guess seeing his loved ones and having a brief taste of freedom…it’s just too much going back into a cage.”

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    Yeah Hernandez had a few flaws. Chewed with his mouth open, said the “S” word every now and then. Forgot to open the door for a lady sometimes. Oh, and murdering friends in cold blood I guess.

  5. People love to bash the Pats for having Hernandez on their team, yet they cut him within 90 minutes of him being arrested.

    Pouncey was a close, personal friend of a convicted murderer who never left his side – so what does that say about him and the Dolphins?

    If you’re a fan of the Phins and cheer for this scumbag you’re a hypocrite and have no grounds to stand on and throw shade at the Pats.

  6. A friendship is friendship in the good times or the real bad ones. I respect and admire a lot his decision to express out his feelings for a friend.

  7. There’s flaws..like being insensitive to others feelings, or not be good with money, and then there are bigger flaws like having a drinking problem or inability to be truthful. Then there is murder. Not sure that really counts so much as a flaw.

  8. Has everyone been chugging through this life differently than me? He did terrible things. Not a sympathetic figure. But there’s no such thing as black and white. Everything rests on a scale of grey. To think a bad man never made a positive impact on anything ever is to misunderstand humanity as a whole.

  9. Wrong on Every Level Mike.

    Hernandez was a sociopath and a murderer who betrayed his own friends and either killed, or tried to kill them.

    Very alarming.

  10. grumpysal says:
    Apr 19, 2017 12:54 PM
    People love to bash the Pats for having Hernandez on their team, yet they cut him within 90 minutes of him being arrested.

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    I’d love the citation on this one. Aside from about two trolls on this site (that average thumbs up/down of 3/55), I’ve never read anyone bashing the Pats.

    Take your persecution complex somewhere else.

  11. “Through right and wrong we were always by each other’s side”.

    So, Aaron was guilty of murdering someone, guilty of shooting another friend in the face and probably guilty of at least a couple more murders… if those are “right or wrong” how many shootings did Pouncey stand side by side with Aaron?

  12. grumpysal says:
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    Yet, the Patriots picked up Donte Stallworth after he murdered someone… the Patriots had 2 convicted murderers on their payroll in 2012.

    Oh, and Hernandez was a terrible person for the years leading up to their arrest… the Pats don’t get credit for cutting a guy that was obviously guilty of murder after he was arrested for murder!

    Do you think Brady and Belichek are going to be pall bearers?

  13. We remember the incident with AH, you, your brother, Reggie Nelson, how the Florida boosters hired a top tier lawyer to get someone with severe issues off the hook, and how Urban claimed AH was a changed man because he prayed with him daily.

  14. eramming says:
    Apr 19, 2017 10:34 AM
    He took many lives. You get what you deserve. No sympathy from me. Happy the families got closure and justice. The world is a better place without that monster.

    Closure? Didn’t you see Hernandez goes to his grave as an innocent man!?

  15. Hernandez was found out to be a terrible human. He destroyed lives of many. No tears are shed for a murderer. But his family and friends will choose to remember the person they thought they knew and you can’t fault them for that.

  16. Hernandez got murdered by someone in that prison, and they set it up to look like a suicide death happens all the time in prison. I’m thinking he said something in trial that his “gang took offense to” aka dropped a dime.

  17. I try to be empathetic.

    What if my close friend or family member were convicted of murder? Would I turn my back on them for their mistake or would I try to be a positive force in their life, and help them find redemption?

    The people I love aren’t all perfect. Some have hurt others, including other people I love. I have hurt some of them, and vice versa.

    While murder is clearly an extreme end of the scale I can’t criticize Mike Pouncey for having love for friend who went down one of the darkest paths possible.

    I don’t love everything about my closest friends, in fact I don’t like aspects of some. But I’d like to think I would never turn my back on friends.

    Everybody deserves love, and kudos to those willing to give it to monsters.

  18. Suspicious death. He had no reason to commit suicide. He beat the rap on the double murder and had a chance at beating the first rap because of that. I think the corrupt Mass. correction/court/law enforcement system made sure he wasn’t going to walk.

  19. “Happy the families got closure and justice.”

    Actually they didn’t get closure. Under MA law, Hernandez died an innocent man because his original murder conviction was still under appeal. Perhaps his ‘innocence’ will allow an insurance payout for his family, but not for Lloyd’s family.

  20. What a small minded Neanderthal. Oh Aaron, I value our friendship over the life of someone you murdered.
    Til we meet again-your BFF, Pouncy

  21. Rolo Tomassi says:
    Apr 19, 2017 1:33 PM

    What if Aron Hernandez didn’t kill Loyd?

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    Q: What if a frog had wings?
    A: It wouldn’t bump it’s ass when it hopped.

  22. He may not have been by his side then, but who knows how many drive-bys he was in on…not counting the “Free Aaron Hernanedez” hats he and his brother were sporting a while back.

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