Mike Pouncey came to Massachusetts on a routine business trip. He left home for Florida with a grand jury subpoena.
The Miami Dolphins center was served with a subpoena by Massachusetts state police on his way to the team bus and, according to Sports Illustrated, is being summoned to testify before a grand jury in an interstate gun trafficking case against his friend and former University of Florida teammate Aaron Hernandez.
According to Sports Illustrated, Pouncey was served papers by two state officials in the hallway between the locker room and the team bus less than an hour after the Dolphins lost to the New England Patriots 27-17. Pouncey was reportedly confused when handed the paperwork, asking one of the officials, “What’s this about?” The official was then overheard telling Pouncey “It’s about a grand jury investigation” and “Make sure you arrive.”
The grand jury subpoena means that prosecutors believe Pouncey could be a “material witness” in their case weapons against Hernandez. Hernandez, the Patriots former tight end, has already been arraigned on first degree murder charges for his involvement in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in June. He was also charged with weapons-related crimes after police discovered various types of ammunition at two different locations, leading to suspicion that “Hernandez was involved with a large-scale, multi-state gun running operation,” according to Sports Illustrated.
The subpoena does not mean that Pouncey is suspected of any crime himself. His next step will be to choose whether to answer questions in the case for prosecutors or plead the fifth amendment.
Along with his twin brother Maurkice -- a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers -- Mike Pouncey was roommates with Hernandez when they played together for the Florida Gators. The Pouncey brothers were photographed wearing “Free Hernandez” hats at a nightclub earlier this year, a decision Maurkice Pouncey later apologized for.