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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 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:43 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

 I just find it hard to believe (it is not impossible, just hard) that you can give everything you had, lose, and then party and dance.  Seems very difficult to fathom.  I just think you cant be that passionate if your are able to do that.
C'mon man, Gronk just had a monster season and proved what he could do.  You don't get to that point without passion and hard work.  The fact that he played with an obvious lack of his normal mobility on the field proves that he has more passion that you're giving him credit for.

There will be plenty of time in the offseason to party.
Uhhhhhh, I think the offseason started BEFORE that party since that was the last game of the NFL season.

...and to oscar, "Rodney was right, those who disagree are just wrong." ? Wow, I didn't realize opinions could be "just wrong." 

I said it before, I'd probably sit home and sulk.  But what good would that do?  Game/season over.  Nothing more can be done for a while.  I think everyone needs to get off their high horse and move on.

Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:37 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

How bad was his injury if he goes out dancing, he looked terrible in the game though. And Tommy boy Brady blew the game, NOT Wes Welker. Brady's pass to a WIDE OPEN Welker was terribly thrown, it took someone with the elite skills of Welker to even get CLOSE to making a catch on it. That said, it's good to see the golden boy Brady and Belicheat take another loss at the hands of Eli and the Giants.

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:35 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Rodney is so tuff, if I was Big Gronk I would be scared to even come out of my house, all 180 lbs of Harrison.  What a dousche.  I hope Gronk sees him in the off season somewhere and calls him out.  Time to get my "head rung" Rod.  Then turn his lil ass out.  Make an example out of him.  Teach these media thugs to keep their mouth shut.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:34 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

People trying to dictate how others should live their life just makes you the idiot. The game was over and that's that. I dfoubt how dancing around and having a good time has anything to with running and making a cut for one of Choke boys 5 yard bombs. Having fun afterwards does nothing against dedication to win when it's time to do so. Some people need to woerry about their own sad lives instead of acting like the social principal of life.

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:29 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:29 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

  I get where Harrison is coming from as you hope that the immediate reaction after a SB loss like the Pats experienced would be to focus on what can be different in the next season to insure a repeat doesn't take place.  I get that and as a multi year vet thats the example you should set and what you should expect from your teammates.  That is how dynasties are created, the will and always present desire to win and doing whatever it takes to win.  Everybody on the team needs that mindset to make it a reality.  I get that.

  Still I think you have to look at this player by player.  If it'd been Brady, yeah I can see being irked.  I'd actually be more irked at Matt Light than Gronk, as Matt is a vet that should be guiding the others, Gronk is a kid not far removed from his rookie season you expect this type of stuff from Gronk, not from Matt.  Just so happens that Gronk is more high profile than Matt and is the one getting the heat.  I also think you have to consider that players need to blow of steam and this is how Gronk chose to do it.  The seasons over, win, lose or draw, enjoy life a little otherwise whats the point?  What's the point of the endless work out sessions, all the rehab (as needed), meetings, watching your nutritional intake, etc if you can't have some fun?  Life is short and one should enjoy it.  Now if Gronk continues to party long into the off season missing workouts, meetings and such, then complain.  One night after a SB loss....meh! 

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:29 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Absolutely nothing wrong with Gronk's celebration of a long and successful season, he deseves it! It was a better public response to the Bowl defeat than Mrs.Tom Brady's. Where was Big mouth Harrison then?? Taking the path of least resitance....or so he thinks. Great season Rob Gronkowski...part on!!!

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:28 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

if anything they should be mad he was able to jump around like that with a high ankle sprain that appears to hinder him during the SuperBowl...i would be more mad at that than him having fun at a party, although too soon? comes to mind...

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:27 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I'm surprised Rodney the Douche isn't going off on Giant players for celebtating after a win and calling them disrespectful.

 Harrison= Douche!

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:27 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Gronkowski moved better on the dance floor than he did on the field. He disrespected everybody by his post game actions.  The Patriots thought he was hurt and did not include him to much in the game plan.  If they knew he could move like he did on the dance floor it would have vhanged the game.

For those who don't get that  try to get a clue.

Rodney was right; those who disagree are wrong. 

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