Steelers players leave NFL fans furious with ‘free Pouncey’ hoodie message

Pittsburgh Steelers stars backed suspended team-mate Maurkice Pouncey with hoodies ahead of their Cleveland Browns clash – but NLF fans are furious.

Coach Mike Tomlin must take on the AFC North game without the center, who was involved in a brawl between defensive end quarterback Mason Rudolph and Browns’ Myles Garrett.

Pouncey threw his opponent to the ground after the 23-year-old attacked his team-mate in the reverse fixture two weeks ago.

And it has seen all three banned, with the 30-year-old being suspended for three games.

But his ban was shortened to two games last week after a successful appeal to the NFL while having to pay $35,000 in fines.

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Footage has now emerged of his Steelers team-mates backing the center through their clothing.

In the clip, the players are arriving at the Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, for the game.

And they are wearing black hoodies with the ‘Free Pouncey’ message.

Anthony Chickillo has a big smile on his face a he poses for the cameras, holding his hoodie open to display the statement.

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He was also joined by Cam Hayward while Alvin Dupree wears a yellow mask to accompany the hoodie.

This footage has been viewed more than 90,000 times since it was posted this afternoon.

But NFL fans are not impressed with the Steelers’ message.

“Corny as f***,” one said.

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Another commented: “Clown franchise.”

While a third held nothing back.

“Thugs, all of them,” they said.

“Steelers are a gross organisation.”

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And a fourth sarcastically added: “Yes, free Pouncey for kicking someone in the head and stomping on him.”

With a fifth simply saying: “These players are the worst.”

But cornerback Cam Sutton took a savage dig at the Browns with his jumper on arrival at the Heinz Field.

While San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sent a warning to opponents Baltimore Ravens.

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