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Dolphins' Pouncey won't comment on 'Free Hernandez' cap

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Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey won't comment about a photo showing him and his twin brother wearing caps that read "Free Hernandez."

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey apologized last week for wearing the cap, which showed support for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is accused of murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez and the Pounceys were teammates at the University of Florida.

The photo of the brothers wearing the caps surfaced on the internet last week.

"Look, I'm just here just to focus on football," Mike Pouncey told reporters Sunday after the Dolphins' first training camp practice. "It's training camp right now, so we're just here to focus all on football."

Maurkice Pouncey apologized on Monday through Twitter.

"I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation," he wrote.

When Mike Pouncey was asked why he did not apologize, he said, "We're all football right now. Any football questions, I'm welcome to answer."

The closest he came to apologizing was when he acknowledged the public scrutiny players face on and off the field.

"Oh, I think it's all necessary," Pouncey said. "We get paid a lot of money to act a certain way, and that's the way we should be acting."

Pouncey, a former first round draft pick, is in his third season with the Dolphins.
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