So the Pouncey Brothers think former college teammate Aaron Hernandez is getting a raw deal.
Or, well, their HATS think that.
My first thought was: "Gee, if only we could PAY kids like this real MONEY while in college, just because they are playing football. Why that would be so moral, and just, and have no un-intended consequences."
Meanwhile, FoxSports.com's Jason Whitlock delivers a 1000 pound laser guided bomb on this nonsense in his latest column.
The Pounceys should donate to Hernandez’s defense fund, financially support Hernandez’s child and baby’s mama, visit and/or write Hernandez while he’s incarcerated, and provide emotional support to Hernandez’s family.
Any and all of that would make perfect sense and be a way of not abandoning a dear friend in grave trouble.
Hitting a nightclub while wearing mindlessly rebellious “Free Hernandez” baseball caps is straight from the in-your-face, shock-value, prison culture/hip hop culture playbook. It screams the Pounceys place no value on Odin Lloyd’s life. He’s just another dead N-word who got his cap peeled by a homie.
I’m sure they’re good kids. They’re swept up in a culture they don’t fully understand and don’t fully respect its impact. The rap music industry, the record labels and the commercial artists preach a message to young black people that expressing the most unethical, intimidating, violent, divisive and classless behavior — characteristics necessary to survive incarceration — are success tools in America’s free society.
As the father of rap music, Dahveed Nelson, said in my column on Monday, commercial rappers are high-paid collaborators to bait black youth to act like N-words. The Pounceys have only swallowed a tiny bit of the bait. But they’ve swallowed enough to think it’s cool and appropriate to support an alleged murderer with hats that trivialize the death of a 27-year-old black man. Imagine the offense they might take if they’d stopped at a club in December and Tom Brady was wearing a free George Zimmerman hat.Oh yes, indeed! Can you imagine? Or how about a "Free Ray Carruth" hat?