According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to talk to center Maurkice Pouncey about the photos that surfaced Sunday morning of him and his twin brother, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, wearing hats that read “Free Hernandez” during their Saturday night birthday party at a Miami nightclub. The Dolphins are also expected to have a similar talk with their center as well, according to the report.
We have already dedicated a couple of posts to the attire that the Pouncey twins chose to wear to support their former Florida teammate and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been charged with the execution-style murder of Odin Lloyd several weeks ago, but it appears that both organizations are understandably not happy with the resulting fallout.
While both teams appear ready to discuss this situation with their respective players, they can probably only voice their displeasure only so much as the Pouncey twins certainly have the right to wear what they want and support who they want in situations such as this one.
Clayton used to cover the Steelers years ago, so he still likely has a few sources within the organization. According to the report, the Steelers most likely won\’t comment publicly on the photos.
Moving forward, you can expect that Maurkice will be asked about the photos, as well as the Hernandez situation, as soon as he gets to training camp and how he answers those questions will certainly be interesting to say the least.