Pouncey: Subpoena won’t be a distraction

Updated: October 29, 2013, 5:24 PM ET

James Walker | ESPN.com

DAVIE, Fla. – It’s been a rough week for Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey.

Following the team’s 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., Pouncey was given a subpoena by local police working in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation of friend and former college teammate Aaron Hernandez.

Pouncey met with the media for the first time Tuesday since being subpoenaed. When asked specifically about the legal situation, Pouncey declined comment.

“I will answer any football-related questions,” Pouncey said after practice in the locker room. “I can’t speak about anything legally.”

Pouncey has not been charged with a crime. But this legal situation has caused a stir with the Dolphins (3-4), who have lost four games in a row and will host the Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) on Thursday night. Miami players and coaches have been asked about Pouncey’s legal matters the past two days.

Pouncey said he plans to “go out and play a good game” on Thursday. The center said he’s not going to let his legal issues be a distraction.

“Not at all,” Pouncey said. “We’re focused on the Cincinnati Bengals right now. We understand that it’s a short week. We’re all professionals, so our main focus is on this football game.”

This isn’t the first time Pouncey made headlines regarding Hernandez. Last summer, Pouncey and his twin brother, Maurkice Pouncey, wore “Free Hernandez” hats during a social outing in Miami. Hernandez faces several charges, including first-degree murder and weapons charges.

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