Yesterday, a photo of Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey spread like wildfire on the internet with both men, who are twins, donning hats that said “Free Hernandez.” The hats that the Pouncey twins were wearing referred to the recent arrest of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player.
In this very short time, Maurkice and Mike have both caught a lot of criticism for improperly showing their support for their former college teammate. It’s been reported that the Steelers’ organization would talk to Maurkice regarding the photo, which has been seen by the entire country on Twitter.
Not even 24 hours after the surfacing of the photo, it’s apparent that Pittsburgh has made it clear to Maurkice how they feel about this incident. The Pro Bowl center has already issued an apology via Twitter.
I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my (cont) http://t.co/SuA4mDABiY
— Maurkice Pouncey (@MaurkicePouncey) July 15, 2013
I’m sure that his brother Mike and the Dolphins’ organization will follow suit immediately.
Personally, I understand that the Pouncey twins have some ties with Hernandez dating back to their playing days at the University of Florida, and they have every right to support their former teammate and friend. However, doing so in this fashion is immature and ignorant.
Hernandez was charged with murder, and Maurkice and Mike have not one shred of evidence proving that Hernandez should be set free. Until such knowledge is given, saying that someone should be free of such a serious crime should be kept secretly.
I do applaud Maurkice’s prompt response to this situation, and for his sake I hope that he learns a genuine lesson from this.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+