Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Mike Pouncey got a bit of a surprise on Sunday afternoon, after the Massachusetts State Police served him a grand jury subpoena shortly after the team’s loss to the New England Patriots. Pouncey was handed the subpoena in a hallway close to the Dolphins locker room. It is believed that the subpoena has to do with the Aaron Hernandez trial.
Pouncey and Hernandez have been very good since their days at the University of Florida, and he was even spotted with a “Free Hernandez” hat shortly after Hernandez was arrested for murder.
There were reportedly five police officers outside of the Dolphins locker room waiting for Pouncey to emerge.
Of course, being issued a subpoena does not mean that Pouncey is being charged with any crime. This just means that he could be a valuable asset and witness to the investigation.
A source with knowledge of the matter told SI.com that the subpoena is related to the investigation into Aaron Hernandez, Pouncey’s close friend and former teammate at the University of Florida. 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.”
This is obviously a very fluid situation, so we will have to see what new information becomes available.