After a week of controversy for his team, Maurkice Pouncey decided to honor a fallen officer instead of a slain teen...
Maurkice Pouncey has got a lot of people talking.
The move comes off the back of the team's controversial move last week.
Pittsburgh Steelers star center Maurkice Pouncey spoke out after making the tribute.
via: Getty ImagesPouncey said on Instagram on Thursday he was given limited information about Rose's case and looking back, he would re-think the decision to honor him.
Although Rose was shot 3 times in the back as he and another teen fled from a car that had been stopped by police...
It later came to light that he was a passenger in the car that minutes earlier had been involved in a drive-by shooting. Another teen, Zaijuan Hester, later pleaded guilty in the drive-by shooting.
Seeing a lot of these homemade shirts this evening outside the Homestead funeral home where hundreds are cycling th… https://t.co/F4nKgYwmHz— Megan Guza (@Megan Guza)1529875094.0
The officer charged for the seventeen-year-old's death was acquitted by a jury following a 4-day trial.
via: Getty ImagesIn an article written on the team’s website, the Steelers were said to be “unified" in supporting victims of racial injustice and police brutality, and Rose was chosen as the Steelers’ representative.
Following the backlash...
via: Getty ImagesSeveral players decided to change their helmet tribute in the wake of the controversy.
Running back Benny Snell had the name of Breonna Taylor written on the back of his helmet...
via: Getty ImagesWhile defensive end Stephon Tuitt and wide receiver James Washington did not have any names on their helmet.
And, despite the controversy...
via: Getty ImagesSome players continued to honor Rose.
But, Pouncey decided to break from his team this week in who he was honoring.
The star had the name of Eric Kelly, one of 3 Pittsburgh police officers killed in the April 2009 shooting in Stanton Heights, on his helmet.
via: Getty ImagesOfficers Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo were responding to a domestic call in Stanton Heights when they were ambushed by a heavily armed Richard Poplawski. Despite having finished his shift, Officer Eric Kelly traveled to the scene to help his fellow officers. He was killed trying to rescue them.
Poplawski was convicted of murdering the officers and was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2011.
He remains on Pennsylvania’s Death Row.
Pouncey says he's committed to helping police...
@dubvNOW Standing up for the real heroes, not criminals. Great job Pouncey!— John Varano (@John Varano)1600653597.0
@dubvNOW Courageous, hope others do the same!— John A. Carney (@John A. Carney)1600673655.0
@dubvNOW So thankful to see this. Thank you for honoring this officer.. 💙🖤💙— Goose (@Goose)1600694067.0
@dubvNOW Hat's off to this man ,honoring a hero over these thug ,criminal element the rest of the league with a few… https://t.co/NWIjOlzVyj— Anthony (@Anthony)1600701053.0
@dubvNOW Way to go Pouncey!! Take the lead!! The rest will follow!! We all know 2 wrongs don’t make a Right! But, s… https://t.co/wYcOFdHlJW— Judy Lachowski (@Judy Lachowski)1600738325.0
@dubvNOW Pounced- a strong man of courage. Thank you for the deserving tribute to our fallen law enforcement.— 504hallberg (@504hallberg)1600693644.0
@dubvNOW Yo. Can we just keep politics out of the game?— Yum! Bat Soup. (@Yum! Bat Soup.)1600651666.0
@dubvNOW I love it. But politics needs to stay in the locker room. NFL players just need to play football.— Jeff (@Jeff)1600786000.0
Take a look at the tribute below.
What do you think?
Maurkice Pouncey honors fallen police officer Eric Kelly for Steelers game against Broncos https://t.co/1OClG9t76F https://t.co/FT5WC5jFa9— 🗣️dubvLIVE.com🇺🇲➡️🌎🔊 (@🗣️dubvLIVE.com🇺🇲➡️🌎🔊)1600624446.0