Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey apologized Tuesday morning via his Twitter account for wearing a “Free Hernandez” hat at his Saturday night birthday party.
“I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate,” Pouncey wrote. “And I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation. I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.”
A photo of Pouncey and his twin brother, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, surfaced Sunday of the two wearing the hats that supported former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who stands accused of murder in Massachusetts. The Pouncey\’s were college teammates at the University of Florida with Hernandez.
The photos created quite a stir and John Clayton of ESPN.com reported Sunday afternoon that both the Steelers and the Dolphins were planning to talk to their respective players about the photos.
The Steelers will report to training camp on July 26th, so you can expect that Pouncey will be asked several questions about not only the situation with Hernandez, but his decision to wear the hat as well.