The Pouncey brothers were both teammates of Aaron Hernandez, so when they showed up on the internet wearing "Free Hernandez" hats, it wasn't surprising.

It also wasn't surprising when their respective teams, the Dolphins and Steelers, were reportedly not happy about that incident. Pittsburgh appears to have gotten to the older brother Maurkice, as he today released a statement on twitter about the hats.

Via ProFootballTalk:
“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,” Maurkice Pouncey said via Twitter on Monday. ”I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.”

Of course, we don't know for sure that the Steelers forced Pouncey into this apology, but it seems incredibly likely.

Plenty of Patriots and Gators fans have come out in support of Aaron Hernandez. There were people outside of his arraignment with Free Hernandez signs. The evidence against Hernandez continues to pile up though. The prosecution has Hernandez as the orchestrator and executioner of the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd. They have video evidence that places him around the scene of the crime as well as a witness who was there at the time of the murder.

Is Hernandez guilty? That's up to a jury to decide in the court of law. In the court of public opinion though, it seems the sentence has already passed. Either way, the actions of the Pouncey brothers - in support for a man accused of murder - is disrespectful of the victim's family and friends. The apology was very warranted, forced by the Steelers or not.

Michael Saver 7/15/2013 01:14:00 PM Edit

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