Dolphins Not Allowing Mike Pouncey to Apologize for "Free Hernandez" Hat, According to Brother

Last week, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was given the opportunity to talk about his and twin-brother Maurkice's (of the Pittsburgh Steelers) "Free Hernandez" hat flap.

Maurkice had apologized for the lapse in judgment days earlier, but when Mike was given the same opportunity by the media, he said only, "I'm here to talk about football."

However, according to Maurkice, Mike wanted to apologize but the Dolphins would not let him.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Maurkice told reporters in Pittsburgh that the Dolphins decided to handle things differently from the Steeler in regard to the hats.

"I talked to Mike, and his team handled this situation a lot different than (the Steelers) did," Maurkice Pouncey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I'm sure Mike wanted to apologize, but that's how they handled it."

Through the Dolphins' head of media relations, Harvey Greene, Mike declined to comment on Maurkice's comment.

When asked about the issue last week, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin gave a very Joe Philbiney answer.

"Any conversation I may or may not have had with Mike will stay internal," he said. "I will tell you that it's important for every member of this organization -- player, coach -- to represent the Miami Dolphins in a first-class manner."

When asked about what Maurkice had said on Sunday, Philbin refused to talk about it, saying he wants to focus on football now.

"I think I've made my comments on that, the first day of training camp, in regard to that situation," Philbin said. "I'm focused right now on this football team and improving them."

So from their refusal to simply acknowledge the situation and move on, it seems like the Dolphins are allowing a player from another team and the media to fill in the blanks.

Did the Dolphins actually tell Mike Pouncey not to apologize?

It would seem like a bizarre order to give, given the issue.

What probably happened was, in a misguided way of trying to make the issue disappear, they told Pouncey not to comment on it further.

Unlike with Maurkice and the Steelers, where he came out, apologized, and moved on, however, the Dolphins are still dealing with this a week later.

We're shocked -- SHOCKED -- that this regime would botch something this simple.

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