This probably wasn't the best decision that Pouncey will make as an adult; however, the 1st amendment guarantees him the right to say (display in this case) his point of view. The 1st amendment, however, does guarantee that what he says won't have ramifications. He is entirely within his rights to make the statement, regardless of whether you believe it to be an enlightened point of view or not.
On the other hand the Steelers get to exercise their right as his employer to make a judgment and discipline him as they see fit. And, as we've seen in the past, the player's status on the team or his ability to help the team are taken into account. The chances of anything happening top Pouncey other than a "talking to" are slim to none. Had it been a UDFA from this year's draft he would probably be looking for work today.
1.15) Ryan Shazier - ILB/OLB
2.46) Stephon Tuitt - DE
3.97) Dri Archer - RB
4.118 ) Martavis Bryant - WR
5.157) Shaquille Richardson - CB
6.173) Wesley Johnson - OT
6.192) Jordan Zumwalt - ILB
7.215) Daniel McCullers - DT
7.230) Rob Blanchflower - TE
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll
I have not got a problem with the Pounceys being in their friend's corner, but they did excercise bad judgement in how they chose to do so. To me, proper support is more personal. A phone call to your friend telling him that you are supporting him, etc.
How does wearing a baseball hat to a bar help support your friend? Will a jury consider this as evidence of his innocence? Is he going to feel better behind bars knowing that his pals are bar hopping with homemade hats? No, they were simply just making a spectacle of themselves by showing the public something that anyone would know is controversial. They were figuring to stand out by wearing something that they knew would be a conversation piece.
As far as the public show of support, as I often say - I wish my acquaintances happy birthday on facebook. I wish my friends happy birthday with a phone call. If they were trying to support him then it was an impersonal, shallow and dumb gesture.
zimmerman had lost sight of him when he got sucker punched too.