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Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:56 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:50 pm
Gronkowski was a maniac on the floor. Harrison did not approve. (Ryan Wilson,

By Ryan Wilson

There was plenty of blame to go around In the hours and days following the Patriots loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. For the most part, it seemed like a collective knee-jerk reaction from media and fans (and family members) not accustomed to losing. Of course, this is what happens when the hometown team wins three Super Bowls in five seasons and Tom Brady begins his postseason career by going 10-0.

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Depending on your perspective, any number of people were at fault for the outcome: Brady, Wes Welker, Bill Belichick, the defense and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was limited by a high-ankle sprain.

But it wasn't Gronkowski's lack of production, or even that he didn't battle Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn for a Brady arm punt that became an interception that upset his critics. It was his after-game exploits that got some folks worked into a lather.

In case you missed it, Gronkowski, along with teammate Matt Light, were spotted dancing (topless, no less!) at an Super Bowl party hours after the game.

Scandalous, we know.

(If the sarcasm dripping off that last sentence isn't obvious enough, we'll just repeat what we said on the Pick-6 Podcast: what's Gronkowski supposed to do? Sit in his room and cry himself to sleep? Will that make him a better player for the Pats' next game in six months? No? So what's the problem then?)

This makes no difference to NBC analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who is very upset with Gronk's decision to gyrate his hips after a loss.

“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, [Gronkowski] probably would have got his head rung,” Harrison told ESPN 1000 in Chicago (via PFT). “There’s no reason for that to happen.”

Oh god. Nothing like an old-timer invoking old times. Yes, Rodney, we know. You had to walk 10 miles to practice, uphill each way, you didn't have shoes and it always snowed.

(Worth mentioning: back in September, the aforementioned Bruschi happily called out Chad Ochocinco for tweeting. We have yet to hear his mock outrage over Gronkowski blowing off steam early Monday morning.)

Harrison wasn't done. 

“When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt,” Harrison said. “It’s just immaturity. It’s not right. He made a mistake and I’m sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There’s a time and place for everything.”

Rodney's right: there is a time and place for everything. Time: after the season is over -- check. Place: party where music is played and dancing is encouraged -- check.

This is almost as ridiculous as Gronkowki having to apologize for having his picture taken with a porn star. Almost.

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Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:25 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

It is the fact that his ankle was hurt too bad to be effective in the SB, yet he can jump up and down and dance on it after the SB loss.  It makes me question whether he was hurt or not.

Booze is an excellent pain killer.. Maybe they should have liquored him up before the game?

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:23 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Each person deals with failure differently.  I would not personally feel like partying if I just lost the Superbowl.  Gronk deals with failure by blowing off steam in a wild,  partying style.  He played hurt, and we should not be questioning if he was hurt.  Anyone who has ever sustained a similar injury KNOWS that the man was in pain, and played through it.  Leave him alone.  Harrison was a cheap- shot artist who likes to hear himself talk.  Harrison, go spear Collinsworth for me!! 

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:19 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I agree with Harrison's view.  If Gronk and Matt Light wanted to party after the game, they should of done so behind closed doors and not in public view.  This type of behavior should upset not just former Patriots but current teammates as well.  To lose the biggest game of you career and to go out and party the night away is an embarrasment to Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots. You're basically saying, "hey, we just lost the Super Bowl, let's party!"  It's uncall for and unprofessional.  Again, if both players wanted to party, they should of waited until they arrived back to Boston's Logan International Airport, wait a couple of weeks or so and then book a flight to a place like Vegas or Miami and party all night.  Don't make it seem that you're jubilated after losing the biggest game of the year.  Rodney Harrison makes a strong point.    

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:12 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

 And this Ryan Wilson is clearly yet another degenerate. He understands that to condemn such despicable actions would mean that he'd have to condemn his own despicable actions

"despicable actions"  what did you grow up in the little town in footloose? How is dancing "despicable"?

All you losers should get of Gronks nuts.  Like I said before, if you can play TE better than him, then go try out for the Pats next year.  If not, then shut it.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:01 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I agree with Harrison's point that you should have not been happy that you lost in the Super Bowl. I kind of doubt he was really thrilled at the loss. But the game having been over and lost does not mean Gronkowski or the 3rd string QB for that matter should go into seclusion for 2 weeks. Heck, the Pats may not have been there without Gronkowski. He had nothing to be ashamed of. No athlete plays for second place. I am sure Gronk doesn't either. For Harrison to imply shame, perhaps Rod should look inwardly for being a judgemental guy who despite journalistic faults cannot pry his own selfish ass out of the limelight. Rodney, you wouldn't have won squat had you not hooked your low-down cheap shotting rear end to Brusschi, Vrabel, McGinest, Law, Brady, Branch, etc. So shut your pie hole. Further, I think had Rodney tried to "ring Gronk's head" Gronk likely would have torn your peanut noggin off and pooped down your windpipe... and then danced some more.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:00 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison is absolutely right. And this Ryan Wilson is clearly yet another degenerate. He understands that to condemn such despicable actions would mean that he'd have to condemn his own despicable actions. Being totally conformed to the world, he's of course not willing to do this. Very common.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:58 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

In my opinion this article is as bad as the Gisele article. The man lost a game and went out. What ticks people off, he was partying and didn't get a DUI or he was having fun? So if I lose a contract am I supposed to sulk for a month? For any male who has anything against what the players did go ahead and turn in your balls. Lets see, young, have a lot of money, and every hot girl wanting you? Gee I will sit in my hotel and cry all night.

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:57 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

How do you disconnect that quickly after blowing it?  The best athletes from a mental perspective take these things very personal and use them to fuel their competitive fire.  It's healthy to disconnect, but the fact that it happened that quickly screams out "It's not that big of a deal, it's just the superbowl".

How, then, do you explain his New York Giants teammates saying one of Eli's best qualities being his ability to get past disappointment? He told his team BEFORE the Super Bowl that he'll be fine either way, win or lose. And this in the largest NFL market. Gronk had every right to go out and party. If drinking and partying with his shirt off is how he deals with disappointment, more power to him. He has that right, just like every 20-something guy does.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:56 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I do not think most people can fairly have an issue with Gronk partying after a SB loss.  It is the fact that his ankle was hurt too bad to be effective in the SB, yet he can jump up and down and dance on it after the SB loss.  It makes me question whether he was hurt or not.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:54 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Shut up Rodney Harrison. If management,owners, or coaches have a problem they will take care of it. You were one of the dirtiest players in the game and the most arrogant. You blew the play and coverage against David Tyree in the Pats other SB loss. Oh, by the way, weren't you suspended for 4 games back in 2007 for HGH. So, don't be throwing at glass houses. I get sick and tired of hearing him talk like the Pats are the only team in the NFL and the team to beat. You were almost crying after your Pats lost the SuperBowl. An analyst is supposed to be impartial. How about saying something about Gisele comments. Oh no can't do that, Tom Brady is sacred. You are a cocky puke and add no insight to NBC football coverage. So get off your soapbox and look in the mirror. A wrong is a wrong, no matter what it is.

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