We could say something along the lines of, “adding insult to injury,” but Mike Pouncey’s situation is no laughing matter. According to Sports Illustrated, the Miami Dolphins center and former Florida Gators First Team All-American was issued a grand jury subpoena following the team’s 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Pouncey and his twin brother, Maurkice, are both close friends with former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez is currently being held in jail on first-degree murder charges, among others.
The papers were reportedly given in connection to the Hernandez investigation – specifically in connection to the potential gun trafficking authorities are now looking into.
The source indicated that police are focusing in on Hernandez’s potential involvement in interstate gun trafficking, which is being investigated by several agencies in multiple states — at least Massachusetts, New York and Florida.
The extent of Pouncey’s potential involvement is undetermined, but police are focusing on multiple transactions that involve him and Hernandez. “Organizationally, we do not have a comment,” said Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene. “And Mike Pouncey does not have a comment.”
State police had been reportedly milling about outside the visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium for about 30 minutes. They were seen talking to NFL officials before approaching a confused Pouncey.
Pouncey appeared confused when handed the paperwork by police and said, “What’s this about?” Soon Dolphins officials were scrambling around the concourse looking for answers.
Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzi was in the vicinity at the time and asked one of the officers if they’d spoken to Dolphins director of security Stu Weinstein. A uniformed Massachusetts State Police officer held out his right arm and attempted to shield Rizzi from hearing the conversation between Pouncey and police officials.
At this point, the subpoena is not an indication that Pouncey has been charged with a crime, nor does it mean he will be charged at all.
Coach Joe Philbin, general manager Jeff Ireland and Dolphins senior vice president of operations, Bill Galante, all declined comment on the issue.
Mike’s aforementioned twin, Maurkice, plays for the Steelers. Pittsburgh officials have declined comment on Maurkice’s situation.