Mike Pouncey, Center, Accused of Assaulting a Woman and a Gay Man
via USA Today Sports
Position: Center / Guard
Height / Weight: 6'5" / 305 lbs
College: University of Florida
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history: Miami Dolphins (2011–present)
Along with fellow Miami Dolphins then-teammates Richie Incognito and John Jerry, Mike Pouncey bullied and harassed teammate Jonathan Martin, an unnamed teammate, and an assistant trainer during the 2012–13 season.
According to an independent report conducted for the NFL, known as the "Wells report," the harassment included "repeatedly and persistently" making "graphic, sexually explicit comments about Martin's sister," sexual comments about Martin's mother, homophobic slurs, racial epithets, and "improper physical touching."
The "improper touching," described in the report, was allegedly committed by Incognito, Jerry, and Pouncey on an unnamed player "in a mockingly suggestive manner, including on his rear end, while being taunted about his supposed homosexuality." According to Martin, on one "particularly disturbing occasion, Pouncey physically restrained Player A, and, in full view of other players, jokingly told Jerry to 'come get some pussy,' and that Jerry responded by touching Player A's buttocks in a way that simulated anal penetration." Jerry and Pouncey both denied this allegation.
The harassment eventually caused Martin to leave the Dolphins and contemplate suicide. No disciplinary action was taken against Pouncey by the NFL.
In July 12, 2014, Pouncey and his twin brother Maurkice—who is a center and guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers—allegedly assaulted Riquan James, Niya Pickett, and Brentley Williams, and harassed James with homophobic slurs outside a club in Miami. According to a police report, there was only one suspect, listed as "an unknown male," who punched James and Pickett, leaving large, visible welts on their foreheads. Within an hour of the alleged incident, James and Pickett began posting photos of their injuries to social media, attributing them to the Pouncey twins. The brothers were not charged with battery because of a lack of credible evidence.
In 2015, Pouncey signed a five-year contract extension with the Dolphins worth $52.15 million, making him the highest-paid center in the NFL.