NFL twins Maurkice Pouncey and Mike Pouncey triggered controversy and have been criticized by fans for wearing hats supporting their former teammate Aaron Hernandez.
‘Free Hernandez’ hats as a sign of support
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has apologized immediately after he and his brother were photographed wearing “Free Hernandez” caps in support of accused murderer Hernandez, taking to Twitter to express his regret.
“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,” he tweeted.
According to ESPN, the Pouncey brothers are assumed to have been celebrating their birthdays at a night club when they were photographed wearing hats, before the photos began circulating on the Internet.
Night of the shooting: Hernandez’s capture
The Pounceys are twin athletes who played with Hernandez at the University of Florida. They were with Aaron at the Venue night club in 2007 on the night a shooting happened that left two men injured.
Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder of 27-year-old Odin Loyd and being held without bail.
“The public backlash to the Pouncey brothers wearing those hats might be one of reasons so few of Hernandez’s former teammates and coaches have said anything publicly about his situation,” Yahoo!Sports’ Frank Schwab said about the hat controversy.