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 star strayed from his teammates to honor a fallen police officer, and reactions have been strong, to say the least.

The move comes off the back of the team's controversial move last week.

The team was slammed for honoring  Antwon Rose Jr. - a Black Pittsburgh teenager shot in the back and killed by a white East Pittsburgh Police officer in 2018, on the back of their helmets ahead of last week's game against the Giants.

Pittsburgh Steelers star center Maurkice Pouncey spoke out after making the tribute.

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Pouncey 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.

The officer charged for the seventeen-year-old's death was acquitted by a jury following a 4-day trial.

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In 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...

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Several 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...

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While defensive end Stephon Tuitt and wide receiver James Washington did not have any names on their helmet.

And, despite the controversy...

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Some players continued to honor Rose.

But, Pouncey decided to break from his team this week in who he was honoring.

While the team took to the pitch again on Sunday, Pouncey went against the grain.

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.

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Officers 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...

"My focus will continue to be on helping the police in our communities, and I will support making any necessary changes to help those efforts," he said in the post on Thursday.

He continued:

"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."

The move has generated a huge response online...

And reactions have been fairly mixed.

Take a look at the tribute below.

What do you think?