Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is portraying himself as a guy who just does not get it. Maybe he does and does not want to admit it publicly.
Pouncey was one of the Dolphins players accused of harassing and bullying former teammate Jonathan Martin. Richie Incognito was the biggest violator named in the Ted Wells report, but Pouncey was accused of contributing to an unprofessional work environment that led to Martin leaving the team last season. Martin was traded to San Francisco, Incognito is still a free agent and Pouncey is still with the Dolphins.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Pouncey must undergo a mental evaluation before being allowed to play this season. Pouncey was asked about the NFL’s decision on Tuesday and voiced his displeasure with the resolution.
“I have no clue, but I don’t think I need that. I don’t think I do,” Pouncey told the Miami Herald.
Pouncey was later asked if he had any regrets about last season, and he definitely did not fall on his sword.
“No, not all," Pouncey told the Miami Herald.
This is the same Pouncey who “joked” on Twitter about what rookie offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James would purchase players as a gift after his teammate was recently selected in the first round. Martin alleged he was forced to purchase teammates gifts as he was bullied, and Pouncey seemingly was ready to carry on the tradition.
Miami recently picked up the fifth-year option on Pouncey’s contract, but he still wants a long-term deal.
Nevertheless, even if Pouncey believes he did nothing wrong, it would not hurt to show a little restraint in public. He does not have to beg Martin for forgiveness, but there are better ways for Pouncey to convey his stance on the situation without coming across as indifferent. Hence, the reason why NFL teams have media relations departments.
Pouncey is a Pro Bowl center in his prime, which means the Dolphins are not going to get rid of him. It would just be nice for Pouncey not to thumb his nose at what occurred with Martin, even if he disagrees.
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