Miami's Mike Pouncey Won't Discuss 'Free Hernandez' Cap

The Dolphins center declined to join his twin brother in apologizing for wearing a "Free Hernandez" cap.

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    Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother Maurkice of the Pittsburgh Steelers joined the short list of pro athletes supporting former New England Patriots tight end and murder suspect Aaron Hernandez. Radio host Channing Crowder discussed how the twins wore hats that read "Free Hernandez" at their birthday party, while Nova Southeastern University Assistant Professor Peter Finley talked about athletes on Twitter.

    Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey declined to join twin brother Maurkice in apologizing for wearing a baseball cap that supported former college teammate Aaron Hernandez, who has been charged with murder.

    The Pounceys were photographed during their recent birthday party in Miami wearing caps that read "Free Hernandez."

    Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, played with the Pounceys at the University of Florida in 2007-09. Hernandez is charged with murder in Massachusetts and has pleaded not guilty.

    Following the Dolphins' first training camp practice Sunday, Mike Pouncey said he didn't want to discuss his cap.

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    "I'm just here to focus on football," he said. Later he added, "We get paid a lot of money to act a certain way, and that's the way we should be acting."

    Miami coach Joe Philbin declined to disclose what he said to Pouncey about the cap.

    "I will tell you that it's important for every member of this organization — player, coach — to represent the Miami Dolphins in a first-class manner," Philbin said.

    Maurkice Pouncey, an All-Pro center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said last week on his Twitter account that he understood the seriousness of the situation involving Hernandez and regretted making light of it.