Maurkice Pouncey will “make my own decision” on helmet

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After the Steelers announced that all of their players would be wearing the name of Antwon Rose on the back of their helmets, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva opted to write the name of Alwyn Cashe on his helmet instead.

Villanueva’s move took a couple of his teammates by surprise, but he won’t be alone in breaking ranks moving forward. Center Maurkice Pouncey wrote in an Instagram post that he was given “limited information” about the circumstances concerning Rose’s death in a shooting by a police officer. Pouncey noted his work with police in Pittsburgh and in Florida and said he “should have done more research to fully understand what occurred in its entirety.”

Rose was shot in the back while running away after his car was pulled over during an investigation into a drive-by shooting. The officer was acquitted by a jury and another passenger in the car pled guilty to the drive-by shooting.

“Moving forward, I will make my own decision about what to wear on the back of my helmet,” Pouncey wrote. “Make no mistake, I am against racism and I believe the best thing I can do is to continue helping repair relationships between the police and their communities. Systemic racism issues have occurred in our country for too long, and that needs to stop.”

Steelers president Art Rooney II issued a statement on Thursday saying he was “proud of the way our players have responded to the need for greater efforts to bring awareness and changes to combat racism and social injustice.” He added that the team will support players making individual decisions on that front.

“As an organization, we respect the decisions of each player, coach and staff member relating to how to express themselves on social justice topics,” Rooney said. “We will continue to support our social initiatives to fight against social injustice and systemic racism not only in our area, but around the country. Along the way, we understand that individually we may say or do things that are not universally accepted. There will be uncomfortable conversations. But we will strive to be a force for unity in our efforts to support a more just society.”

The Steelers play the Broncos on Sunday and it remains to be seen if others will move to make a change to the backs of their helmets.

21 responses to “Maurkice Pouncey will “make my own decision” on helmet

  1. This is great! The fight to make things better should start in the communities with uniting the citizens and police. Decals and everything else is just fluff and division. Let’s get back to being united as human beings and treating other with respect!

  2. the cop that shot Rose was making less than a Walmart greeter. Maybe the millionaires and billionaires involved with the Steelers can pass the hat around and pay for some of these Mon Valley communities in the area to hire full time police officers with real training.

  3. Wow, getting all the facts before making a decision? What a novel idea! Wish more in the media would do the same instead of lumping all of these shootings together in order to drive the narrative. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor deserve better than to be lumped together with Jacob Blake and Antwan Rose.

  4. pittsburgh84 says:
    September 17, 2020 at 2:05 pm
    the cop that shot Rose was making less than a Walmart greeter.

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    I don’t know what a cop makes in East Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Braddock, or Clairton. What I do know is that none of those places is doing well financially and haven’t been for years, so it’s not like cops are the only ones earning Walmart wages. I also doubt the requirements to be an officer in these jurisdictions are much higher than a Walmart greeter. Rich people donating money to cops won’t do anything if the communities themselves are still struggling.

  5. “should have done more research to fully understand what occurred in its entirety.”

    WOW!!! a statement that actually makes sense, if everyone did that instead of jumping to

    conclusions we would be in a much better climate these days. Guilty until proven innocent

    apparently!

  6. pkrlvr says:
    September 17, 2020 at 2:14 pm
    George Floyd and Breonna Taylor deserve better than to be lumped together with Jacob Blake and Antwan Rose.

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    That’s funny. I know someone who once employed Antwon Rose. Everything she had to say about him was positive — had very outgoing personality and loved working with others. I assume you have first-hand knowledge you can share?

    It’s funny how there’s always an attempt to turn these people were shot into horrible villains without actually knowing anything about the person.

  7. This is the problem with the “social justice” movement by pro athletes. They don’t bother to get all the facts before condemning the police and martyring less than upstanding people.

  8. Aloha,
    Players are thinking.That is an example we should all follow.
    It is good to think through decisions.

    It is a bad decision to shoot a man who is not a mortal threat, in the back, while he is running away.

    Mahalo

  9. Yes you should have done more research. But unfortunately you and a lot of other people/players would rather rush to judgement when police are involved instead of taking the time to do the “research” on what actually did happen.

  10. Nice to see a man think for himself these days. Unfortunately too many in this country are more concerned with social acceptance than pursuit of the truth and integrity.

  11. The shooting victim identified Rose as shooting at him. Rose had GSR on his hand and a magazine in his pocket from a 9 mm pistol while the gun was found under his seat in the car.

    Rose’s mom should have raised him as well as Cash’s mom raised her son. At a bare minimum, if “the talk” had taken, he’d be alive in prison instead of dead.

  12. I wouldn’t were that decal either. Don’t agree with him being shot from behind, but that kid wasn’t so innocent either.

  13. I’m very pleased to see Pouncey advocate for withholding judgement until facts can be gathered. Jumping to judgement is perhaps the most common widely-accepted sin occurring in our current society and is in large part responsible for the rift between activists (who rightly want to improve society’s standards) and those who take issue with some activist actions (as this group does not approve of committing injustice to fight perceived injustice). Take the time to find those who the facts should out loud to be victims and then dive in for such cases!

  14. eagle100x says:
    September 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm
    This is the problem with the “social justice” movement by pro athletes. They don’t bother to get all the facts before condemning the police and martyring less than upstanding people.

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    And, what — fans who are steadfastly opposed to this stuff are educated? Sure.

    90% of the people who are against these “social justice” issues also act like they’re against government spending, taxing, and government in general, but will turn around and bow at the altar of a militarized police wing of the government. Most of these same people claim to also be gun rights advocates, in part, for protection against said government. It’s literally contradiction after contradiction.

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