Mike Pouncey served with grand jury subpoena in Aaron Hernandez case

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

According to a SI.com report, the Massachusetts State Police issued a subpoena to Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey today after the team's loss to the New England Patriots. The grand jury subpoena is believed to be related to the Aaron Hernandez case.

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has been served with a grand jury subpoena by the Massachusetts State Police in connection with the Aaron Hernandez investigation, according to a report from SI.com's Pete Thamel and Greg A. Bedard..  Pouncey was teammates and close friends with Hernandez from their time at the University of Florida.

Pouncey, along with his twin brother Maurkice, a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, were photographed wearing "Free Hernandez" hats this summer.

The police, according to the report, was served to Pouncey following the Dolphins' 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots.  The team was still at the stadium when the papers were presented to Pouncey.

A grand jury subpoena doe not mean Pouncey has been, or will be, charged with a crime.  It is a summons for him to appear before the grand jury as a material witness in the investigation.  Police in Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and possibly other states, are investigating Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end, for interstate gun trafficking.

According to the SI.com report, Pouncey was approached by two police officers in suits as he was leaving the locker room for the bus.  They handed him a white paper and were heard saying "It's about a grand jury investigation," and "Make sure you arrive."  They shielded other members of the Dolphins organization from Pouncey until the service was done.  Dolphins executives and coaches all were trying to determine what was happening and what the next step was.

Patriots officials said their owner, Robert Kraft, was not informed of the plan to serve the papers.

Pouncey reportedly stayed in Massachusetts while the team traveled back to Miami on Sunday.  The team faces the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

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