Mike Pouncey Reportedly Served Grand Jury Subpoena in Aaron Hernandez Case
Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was issued a grand jury subpoena by Massachusetts State Police on Sunday, which is reportedly believed to be related to the ongoing Aaron Hernandez case.
The Massachusetts State Police served Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey with a grand jury subpoena less than an hour after the Patriots defeated the Dolphins 27-17 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A source with knowledge of the matter told SI.com that the subpoena is related to the investigation into Aaron Hernandez, Pouncey's close friend and former teammate at the University of Florida.
A subpoena does not mean Pouncey is being charged with anything. It is simply a written command ordering someone whom law enforcement officials believe can be a key witness in a case to appear in court.
ESPN's James Walker provides a statement from Mike Pouncey discussing his state of mind heading into Week 9:
Pouncey said he plans to "go out and play a good game" on Thursday. The center said he's not going to let his legal issues be a distraction.
"Not at all," Pouncey said. "We're focused on the Cincinnati Bengals right now. We understand that it's a short week. We're all professionals, so our main focus is on this football game."
Walker confirmed Pouncey was unable to answer questions regarding the subpoena:
"I will answer any football-related questions," Pouncey said after practice in the locker room. "I can't speak about anything legally."
According to Thamel and Bedard, a man who handed the papers to Pouncey after the Dolphins' Week 8 game against the New England Patriots was heard saying, "Make sure you arrive."
The details on why Pouncey is regarded as a potential witness are scarce at the moment, but per the SI report, police are keying in on "Hernandez's potential involvement in interstate gun trafficking."
That brings Pouncey into the picture because there are reportedly "multiple" transactions between him and the former New England tight end.
Hernandez, who was arrested in June in connection to the death of Odin Lloyd, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in August. He was also indicted on five weapons charges.
Pouncey, 24, and his twin brother, Maurkice, who plays center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, went to the University of Florida with Hernandez. Shortly after Hernandez's arrest, the twins were infamously spotted wearing "Free Hernandez" hats.
"A Steelers spokesman declined all comment, including when asked if Maurkice Pouncey had been served," according to SI.
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