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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, CBSSports.com)

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: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Professional athletes are not responsible for how fans take sports and therefor what Gronk chose to do after the bowl game is completely normal except for that small percentage of a population of fans who take sports too seriously and believe that everyone else has to wallow in their sorrows.  This is a job for Gronk and certainly he could have done better in the bowl but he was playing hurt and he was very limited in the game.  There is no reason for Harrison, who by the way was a complete cheap shot artist his whole playing career, should be calling anyone out for partying or anything else.  When Gronk is healthy, he is out there making plays so Rodney should save his comments for another day.



Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Another jerk thats needs to leave the nfl along with K. Johnson,M. Irvin,W. Saap, and Slime Time Sanders, It funny how all these ex-players did their dirt when playing and now they feel they have the right to critize current players.


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Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:44 pm
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Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Because it wasn't our job!  These guys are professionals and it's work for them.  Ever had a really bad day at work and still had fun that night???  They are like any other profession in the world in the sense that some guys take it to heart and really have a hard time with every loss while other guys move on at the end of the day

It's NOT just like any other job. Professional athletes are responsible to not only their owners but their fans as well. No teacher is responsible to his fans - as a matter of fact, no other professions are.

It is also a TEAM sport, and most jobs - while part of a team - are more individual driven. What the average person does after work is not going to be analyzed by their work colleagues like professional athletes are.

So you really cannot compare Gronk losing the Super Bowl to a salesman losing a big account. Sorry, that doesn't fly.



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Because it wasn't our job!  These guys are professionals and it's work for them.  Ever had a really bad day at work and still had fun that night???  They are like any other profession in the world in the sense that some guys take it to heart and really have a hard time with every loss while other guys move on at the end of the day

It's NOT just like any other job. Professional athletes are responsible to not only their owners but their fans as well. No teacher is responsible to his fans - as a matter of fact, no other professions are.

It is also a TEAM sport, and most jobs - while part of a team - are more individual driven. What the average person does after work is not going to be analyzed by their work colleagues like professional athletes are.

So you really cannot compare Gronk losing the Super Bowl to a salesman losing a big account. Sorry, that doesn't fly.



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Just to put it into perspective, even the Giants, who WON the SB, weren't dancing drunk and shirtless the night of the SB.

What Harrison said does make sense - I don't know how you can be so happy after losing the SB like that. He's an adult and that's how he likes to party, fine....but mentally, he's obviously not the toughest guy out there. Do you think Eli Manning was out drinking and partying all night? Well, Eli's a 2 time champ and Gronk isn't.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I've lost Pop Warner games that I coached and wanted to kill myself.  Just seems odd you would be partying that night.
Thank you!  You made the point I've been trying to get at all morning...  That's the difference.  These guys are PROFESSIONALS.  All of you talking about fire and depression and stupid cry-babying are all AMATEURS.  Of course we all played pop warner or high school for the love of the game.  Because it wasn't our job!  These guys are professionals and it's work for them.  Ever had a really bad day at work and still had fun that night???  They are like any other profession in the world in the sense that some guys take it to heart and really have a hard time with every loss while other guys move on at the end of the day.



Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I have had it up to here with harrison...how he is still an analyst is beyond me !



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison needs to shut his mouth. Gronkowski gave it his all for his team including playing injured.  They lost , life goes on.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I've lost Pop Warner games that I coached and wanted to kill myself.  Just seems odd you would be partying that night.


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