Sources: Steelers, Dolphins to Discuss 'Free Hernandez' Hats with Pouncey Bros

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 15, 2013

Photo via Lisa Mion's (lisaitalia823) Instagram account.
Photo via Lisa Mion's (lisaitalia823) Instagram account.Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier on Sunday, a picture showing Maurkice and Mike Pouncey wearing "Free Hernandez" hats began to make its way around the Internet, causing a great deal of controversy in the process. 


UPDATE: July 11, at 1:10 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Maurkice Pouncey has apologized for his "Free Hernandez" hat on Twitter:

I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation. I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.

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According to ESPN's John Clayton, the brothers' respective teams will reportedly have talks with them regarding their actions:

The Steelers are not commenting on the photos, but according to a source they plan to talk to Maurkice Pouncey about the photos. A source close to Mike Pouncey expects the Dolphins to have a similar talk with the team's starting center.

The hats presumably are referring to Aaron Hernandez, who was recently charged with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd and is currently being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

The Pouncey twins attended college with Hernandez at the University of Florida. According to ESPN's Kelly Naqi, they were with Hernandez at The Venue nightclub in 2007 when another shooting occurred.

Police originally ruled Hernandez out as a suspect in that shooting, which left two men wounded, but authorities recently re-opened that investigation. 

As such, wearing hats that are seemingly in support of Hernandez has raised more than a few concerned eyebrows, and it looks as though the players' organizations will get involved.

Maurkice was drafted by the Steelers with the No. 18 pick in the 2010 draft. He has earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in each of the three seasons since then, quickly establishing himself as one of the brightest young centers in the league. 

Mike was drafted by the Dolphins with the No. 15 pick in the 2011 draft, and has since started every regular-season game for Miami.