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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Mike Pouncey and his identical twin Maurkice have a lot in common. They both play in the NFL. They have both played with Mike Wallace. When it comes to the controversial receiver, the pair apparently share the same views.

They took a break from their off-season workouts to sound off on a number of topics to CBS4 photojournalist Luis Zabala.

One of the things Zabala asked about was the situation involving Mike Wallace, a talented wide receiver the Dolphins just traded to Minnesota.

Wallace ruffled Dolphin feathers when he sat out the second half of the team’s season ending loss to the New York Jets.  There were conflicting reports on whether Wallace was benched, or refused to go back into the game. Either way, the Pounceys were not pleased.

Click here to watch the full interview.

When asked about any player who wouldn’t demand back in the game, Maurkice Pouncey, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said, “I think he’s a coward. You don’t quit on your brothers. Somebody like that, I wouldn’t want them on my team.”

Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are receivers who are no longer on the Dolphins…the latter two being released. It was Gibson who served as Wallace’s “spokesman” while the receiver pantomimed his answers to questions about not going back into the game.

Mike Pouncey, the anchor of the Dolphins offensive line, said..”I think it’s for the best.  You need everybody on the same page. The organization felt some guys weren’t, so they made a decision for them to move on. I agree with that. Football is a team sport. You can’t win if its ten against eleven. “

Wallace tweeted that he considers the Pounceys his little brothers, and that he believes their comments were not aimed at him personally.


Jim Berry