Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was reportedly served with a grand jury subpoena less than an hour after his team lost to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
The report came by way of Sports Illustrated, which cited an unnamed source with knowledge of the incident. According to the site, Pouncey’s subpoena is related to the murder case against Aaron Hernandez.
Hernandez and Pouncey are close friends and former teammates from the University of Florida. The source suggested that the new subpoena could be part of an investigation into Hernandez’s potential involvement in multi-state gun trafficking.
A grand jury subpoena doesn’t mean that Pouncey is a suspect or that he faces any charges. Instead, it means that police believe the center is a key witness who could help their case against Hernandez.
Two members of the Massachusetts State Police approached Mike Pouncey with the subpoena in the hallway between the Dolphins locker room and their team bus. One official reportedly told the player, “It’s about a grand jury investigation. Make sure you arrive.”
The NFL player appeared confused by the paperwork, asking, “What’s this about?” Dolphins officials were also seen scrambling for more information on the subpoena, as well as how the police officers got into the facility to serve the papers.
Pouncey’s exact involvement with Aaron Hernandez isn’t known, but the report suggests that police are looking into “multiple transactions” that involved the friends. Pouncey and his twin brother, Maurkice, were close to Hernandez and were roommates for part of the time when they played at Florida.
The only tie between the two families after Hernandez’s arrest was when the two brothers were seen at a night club wearing “Free Hernandez” hats. The photograph blew up on social media and Maurkice later apologized for the clothing, saying, “I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation.”
It isn’t clear when Mike Pouncey is expected to appear before the grand jury.