Maurkice Pouncey won’t be wearing the name of Antwon Rose going forward after the Pittsburgh Steelers center posted on Instagram on Thursday morning explaining the decision to have his name on the back of his helmet during the team’s Monday night matchup against the Giants.
“I was given limited information on the situation regarding Antwon, and I was unaware of the whole story surrounding his death and what transpired during the trial following the tragedy. I should have done more research to fully understand what occurred in its entirety,” Pouncey said Thursday in an Instagram post.
That story he is referring to is of Rose being fingered as a gunman who shot someone in a drive-by and then ultimately getting shot and killed in 2018 by an East Pittsburgh police officer while running from a traffic stop. The officer who shot and killed Antwon was later found not guilty of all criminal charges that were filed against him — including 1st-degree murder.
Moving forward, Pouncey says, “I will make my own decision about what to wear on the back of my helmet.”
“Make no mistake, I am against racism and I believe the best thing I can do is to continue helping repair relationships between the police and their communities. System racism issues have occurred in our country for too long, and that needs to stop.”
As expected, social media had a lot to say about Pouncey’s words: