"At the end of the day the fight didn't look good".
But for Pouncey, what's done is done and he seemed to be fine with how it all worked out.
Pouncey was suspended three games by the National Football League for punching and kicking Browns defensive end Myles Garrett after Garrett ripped the helmet from Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hit him over the head with it. Garrett was suspended indefinitely for his actions, while 33 players received fines for the incident, which occurred with 8 seconds remaining in Cleveland's 21-7 victory. Pouncey raced to Rudolph's defence, attacking Garrett while Garrett was being held on the ground by Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro.
"As soon as the brawl stopped, I stopped", Pouncey said. His punishment was reduced by a game. I felt like I was playing.
"Maybe just one game", he quipped.
Despite the discipline, the 10-year veteran said he didn't regret his actions from that night.
"They played amazingly", said Pouncey. The Pittsburgh Steelers centre is also free of regrets. Everybody had to pay their fines. Everyone had to do their due diligence. "But the money was worth it, trust me".
Pouncey, via The Athletic's Mark Kaboly, also addressed Garrett's accusation that Rudolph called him a racial slur during the altercation.
"Come on man, that's not true at all", Pouncey said. Honestly, you guys know Mason and you guys have been around him a long time.
"I have been telling you guys all along, we have great leadership, we have great players". It's not his first time. "If he was racist it would've got exposed". "I was at Planet Fitness and L.A. Fitness running and talking to people".
Maurkice Pouncey had a smile on his face and a bounce in his step in the locker room on Wednesday morning and nobody could blame him. His teammates rallied to his defence, sporting "Free Pouncey" sweatshirts before Sunday's rematch with the Browns then stopping by his house to award him the game ball following a 20-13 victory that gave Pittsburgh's playoff hopes a significant boost.
"I'm going to send one to my brother, too, just in case he gets locked up", Pouncey said with a laugh. "It was pretty cool".
The center picked up some extra custom sweatshirts ordered by Ramon Foster.
Pouncey not only got the game ball, he got two of the shirts, one for himself and one for his twin brother, Mike, a center for the Chargers.
"He's our captain. He's a quality player", head coach Mike Tomlin said of Pouncey on Tuesday, via the team's official website.
Refreshed after the two- week break, Pouncey is ready to return to practice ahead of a crucial stretch that could very well end with a playoff berth. "I'm excited. We've just got to stay humble and focused".