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Reactions to Maurkice Pouncey's "Free Hernandez" hat

Opinions from fans and readers largely accuse Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey of immaturity and poor judgement in decision to wear a hat in support of jailed former teammate Aaron Hernandez.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

If Maurkice Pouncey's intention in wearing a hat out of support for college teammate Aaron Hernandez was to draw attention, he's more than successful Sunday.

Fans and readers took to Twitter in force, making #Pouncey trend, right alongside #Zimmerman, #Trayvon and #Glee.

One fan goes as far as to suggest Pouncey has been a problem since Day 1. It's unclear what he's referring to, or even what would qualify as a "problem," but he makes his point clear.

Simply describing it as in poor taste:

One fan tells Pouncey he needs to act with some class.

On the other hand, this brings up a fair question. How much should we really care what athletes say or what their opinion is on things unrelated to their jobs? It's not as if the opinions spouted off by several professional athletes ultimately matter, as one fan suggests.

ESPN's D.J. Gallo adds a knife to side of Steelers fans not wanting to deal with this whole issue, but has to draw a few laughs anyway.

Then there's the ever-present fan who only reads Tweets to get information, and ultimately, misconstrues what happens, and adds his own detail.

It wasn't a T-shirt, sir, they were wearing hats. Point being, mark another in the category of "I don't care what he says about it."