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    The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Maurkice Pouncey of Pittsburgh Steelers sorry for Free Hernandez hat - ESPN

    Not sure how I feel about this. Obviously Hernandez appears to be guilty. I, personally think he's guilty as heck. That said, these guys were teammates of his, probably know him well, and want to support their friend who is still technically innocent. If they believe that he didn't do it, why shouldn't they be able to support their friend? I have a hard time believing that the league could do much to stop them if they wanted to force the issue. It's not like the Steelers/Dolphins would ever cut either one over something like this. I doubt the team/league could fine them either.


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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    I thought they were be rumored to be involved with the 2007 shooting that Hernadez is being connected to? These guys appear to be about the same quality persons that AH is.



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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    I thought they were be rumored to be involved with the 2007 shooting that Hernadez is being connected to? These guys appear to be about the same quality persons that AH is.
    Seriously? They were hanging out with Hernandez that night, there was no charges ever filed against the Pouncey brothers or anything. You're going to compare that to somebody who definitely killed one person and may have killed more?



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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Doesn't matter how - it was in public. And, in my opinion, really stupid. Yes, he's still technically innocent, but quiet support behind the scenes might be better judgement.



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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by SerenityNow View Post
    Doesn't matter how - it was in public. And, in my opinion, really stupid. Yes, he's still technically innocent, but quiet support behind the scenes might be better judgement.
    again though, why? Why are they not allowed to support their friend if they think he's innocent? I guess their teams could cut them, but they won't. It's a freakin hat. Aren't we getting a little bit ridiculous?


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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    again though, why? Why are they not allowed to support their friend if they think he's innocent? I guess their teams could cut them, but they won't. It's a freakin hat. Aren't we getting a little bit ridiculous?
    It's in poor taste, and they should have thought better of it. There are ways they could publicly support their friend without antagonizing a whole lot of people who have already decided he's guilty. But if your question is should they be disciplined for being stupid? If they didn't hurt anyone or break any laws in the process, then no. As you said, it's a freakin' hat.



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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by jbindm View Post
    It's in poor taste, and they should have thought better of it. There are ways they could publicly support their friend without antagonizing a whole lot of people who have already decided he's guilty. But if your question is should they be disciplined for being stupid? If they didn't hurt anyone or break any laws in the process, then no. As you said, it's a freakin' hat.
    I see what you're saying, but I hardly consider wearing a hat to be "antagonizing" in any way. Imagine if it was a Free Eric Snowden hat. Would it be antagonizing then?


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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    I see what you're saying, but I hardly consider wearing a hat to be "antagonizing" in any way. Imagine if it was a Free Eric Snowden hat. Would it be antagonizing then?
    I'm with you, but a lot of people have already decided that Hernandez is probably guilty, and if I was one of those people then I might be offended by someone showing public support of a man who I believe committed murder. Whether or not that's fair is another discussion, but that's how it goes. Imagine if it was a Free George Zimmerman hat prior to the verdict last weekend. Would that have antagonized anybody?



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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    again though, why? Why are they not allowed to support their friend if they think he's innocent? I guess their teams could cut them, but they won't. It's a freakin hat. Aren't we getting a little bit ridiculous?
    Never said they couldn't support their friend. I said, again in my opinion, it was stupid. Nowhere did I say the teams should cut them or fine them. Talk to them and tell them to use better judgement might be a good idea. Anything beyond that is not warranted. Still doesn't take away from them being stupid.



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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by SerenityNow View Post
    Never said they couldn't support their friend. I said, again in my opinion, it was stupid. Nowhere did I say the teams should cut them or fine them. Talk to them and tell them to use better judgement might be a good idea. Anything beyond that is not warranted. Still doesn't take away from them being stupid.
    and my point is, what could their teams do to them if they decided to continue to support Hernandez? Any kind of fine or suspension would be jumped on by the players union.


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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    and my point is, what could their teams do to them if they decided to continue to support Hernandez? Any kind of fine or suspension would be jumped on by the players union.
    Obviously New England feels like they shouldn't associate with him. I'm guessing other organizations would have similar feelings.



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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    and my point is, what could their teams do to them if they decided to continue to support Hernandez? Any kind of fine or suspension would be jumped on by the players union.

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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

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    and my point is, what could their teams do to them if they decided to continue to support Hernandez? Any kind of fine or suspension would be jumped on by the players union.
    I think it's pretty realistic that they could trade or cut them if they continued to show public support for Hernandez. The Rooney's have always been quick to jump on these kind of situations where a player is making the organization look bad. Superstar QB's not included.


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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    It's certainly well within their right to support him and to believe his innocence, but it's clear what popular opinion is of Hernandez across the country and going against that is going to have some blow back.



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    Re: The Pouncey Brothers and their "Free Hernandez" hats

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    It's certainly well within their right to support him and to believe his innocence, but it's clear what popular opinion is of Hernandez across the country and going against that is going to have some blow back.
    ok, and I get that. But what's the appropriate amount of blowback for a hat? Yardbarker, on the right side of the screen, is telling me that the Steelers are going to "talk" to Maurkice about the situation. What the heck are they going to say that will have any clout? I'd love to see them try to fine him for something like that.


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