Twin brothers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey recently showed their support for their former University of Florida teammate and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez.
Hernandez was arrested on June 26 and charged with the execution-style murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez was subsequently cut from the New England Patriots. He has pleaded not guilty.
The Pouncey brothers wore hats stitched with the words “Free Hernandez” at a party in Miami. Pictures of the brothers and their hats have been making the rounds on the web since last night.
According to the New York Daily News, the Pounceys were mentioned in a 2007 Gainesville, Florida police report regarding a double shooting. The police also tried to question Hernandez about that shooting at the time, but he invoked his right to have an attorney present. None of the three men were charged.
Today, Mike Pouncey is a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Maurkice plays the same position with the Miami Dolphins.
In a show of non-support, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that the Pro Football Hall of Fame had taken down a photo of Hernandez, which was an award-winning entry in the Hall of Fame's photo contest.
“In the spirit of good taste we thought we’d take it down,” Joe Horrigan, the Hall of Fame's vice president of communication and exhibits, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.