The last thing the Pittsburgh Steelers needed heading into their final preseason game was more drama. While I’m not sure to what extent the drama will be surrounding Maurkice Pouncey being tied to an Aaron Hernandez crime just yet, there is still nothing positive about it period.
I really wanted to be writing about other things right now, but the fact that Maurkice and his brother, Miami Dolphins’ lineman Mike Pouncey, had their names tied to Hernandez yet again was too much to pass up.
An article in Rolling Stone magazine about the demise of Aaron Hernandez came out today and in it, the piece discusses that former Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer had “assigned” the Pouncey Brothers to monitor Hernandez as much as possible. Even Tim Tebow was given this task as well.
According to Rolling Stone, there was one particular incident in which the Pouncey Brothers were a vehicle with Hernandez and chased down a car. Allegedly someone had tried to take a necklace. Someone from their car fired into the other and the description of the gunman suited Hernandez to a tee.
You’ll note that in this and other known incidents where the Pouncey Brothers are in the presence of Hernandez that neither Maurkice nor Mike have done anything illegal. What they are guilty of is being in bad company and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. While this isn’t a crime, it doesn’t look good either.
The just before the start of training camp, the Pouncey Brothers were photographed wearing hats that said. “Free Hernandez.” This was just after Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder.
At a point where Maurkice Pouncey should have been distancing himself from Aaron Hernandez in every way possible, he jumped back in the car with him so to speak by wearing the hat and looking foolish.
Perhaps it is no surprise that Pouncey has not played well in the first three preseason games so far. Is it possible he knew this was going to come out? Has it been weighing on his mind? He’s been beaten by some pretty average defensive linemen and that won’t work for an already troubled offensive line.
As one of my readers pointed out today, Pouncey better be ready to answer some questions from the media and very few if any will be about football.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 4pm ET talking Steelers.