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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Aaron Hernandez college teammates show support

07.15.13 at 7:48 am ET

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‘™¦ Aaron Hernandez‘s fall from grace has been dramatic, and his lack of support widespread. In the latest slap in the face to the former Patriots tight end, the Pro Football Hall of Fame removed a photo of him scoring a touchdown. The photo, from a 2010 game, won an award in the Hall’s annual photo contest.

“In the spirit of good taste, we thought we’d take it down,” HOF vice president of communication and exhibits Joe Horrigan told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

However, there are at least a couple of people in football apparently willing to show support for the troubled Hernandez.

Twin brothers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, former Florida teammates of Hernandez who currently play in the NFL (Mike with the Dolphins, Maurkice with the Steelers), were photographed at a Miami party wearing hats that read: “Free Hernandez.”

It was revealed last week that the Pounceys were involved in an incident at a club in Gainesville, Fla., in 2007 that led to a double shooting, about which police attempted to question Hernandez at the time.

Mike Pouncey was Hernandez’s roommate at Florida.

UPDATE: Maurkice Pouncey tweeted an apology Monday, writing: I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation. I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.

‘™¦ To no one’s surprise, athletes are weighing in on the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, and they’re not holding back — although two NFL players apologized after their incendiary comments.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White tweeted: [Expletive] Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in.

Added White: All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.

White apologized on Sunday, writing: I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. ‘€¦ I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry.

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz tweeted: Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him him.

Cruz then deleted the tweet and apologized, writing: I believe conversation not confrontation leads to change and progress. I have never have and never will advocate violence under any circumstances and I pray that we all encourage and educate each other.

‘™¦ The track and field world was rocked Sunday when it was revealed that world-class sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson failed drug tests, and they all deny doing so purposefully.

“I am not now — nor have I ever been — a cheat,” Powell, a Jamaican who at one time held the world record at 100 meters, said in a message released through his Twitter account.

“I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have any lies. I don’t have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games,” said an emotional Gay, the American record-holder in the 100 who won the 100 and 200 at the U.S. nationals last month. “I don’t have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”

Simpson, another Jamaican who owns an Olympic gold and two silver medals, said she “would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system.”

First-time offenders usually receive two-year bans, although penalties can be reduced due to extenuating circumstances.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 15, 1986, which Red Sox pitcher became the first in team history to record a win in the All-Star Game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re done. We’re done for now.” — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, on the prospects of the B’s re-signing free agent Jaromir Jagr

STAT OF THE DAY: 79 — Years since a Red Sox pitcher allowed three or fewer baserunners in his first major league start, which Brandon Workman did Sunday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Athletics rallied for a 3-2 victory in 11 innings

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nuggets forward JaVale McGee throws down a big-time dunk at the Drew League.

Connecticut native Joey Logano had a rough day at the NASCAR race in New Hampshire on Sunday, crashing on the fourth lap. Then, while spinning his way out of the pit area, he clips a member of his crew.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Roger Clemens, who pitched three no-hit innings in the game at the Houston Astrodome

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Linda Ronstadt was born on this day in 1946.

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