Dolphins' Pouncey expresses sympathy over loss of 'friend' Hernandez

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DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is drawing criticism after honoring Aaron Hernandez following his suicide this morning.

Pouncey used Instagram to post a picture of a smiling Hernandez along with words of mourning over his former teammate at the University of Florida.

"To my friend my brother!," Pouncey wrote on the post. "Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other's side. Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined. It was just a day ago we shared our last convo. I will forever miss you and love you bro. we will meet again rest easy!"

The post drew instant criticism with many reminding Pouncey that Hernandez was a convicted murderer who was spending the rest of his life in prison.

One person commented, "Friend or no friend that man was a murder... Rip but ain't no heart break about somebody who kills."

Another wrote, "He deserves no sympathy. He killed a man in cold blood, planned out mind you, and chose to take the cowards way out instead of serving the sentence he's been handed."

Pouncey and Hernandez were teammates at Florida from 2007-2010, where they won a national championship in 2009.