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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: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:27 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I have to say i am a bit surprised that so many people are siding with Gronk.  I am a Giants fan and know i would have had a difficult time sleeping if they lost.  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.

If you go to the party and have a few drinks, fine, but dancing around like a clown, to me anyway, seems like you are disrespecting your team and your owner, and those people who care so much.  There will be plenty of time in the offseason to party.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:26 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

pimpslapped1:  I cuoldn't agree more!  In fact, TMZ and Extra are becoming major media sources these days, emtertainment, sports and otherwise.  And cell phone cameras and twitter are making it easier for people to get caught in embarrassing situations.  It's not that no one was doing this sort of thing 5 or 10 years ago, it's that no one had video of it.  If you walked into that club with a video camera they'd kick you out, but cell phone cameras are everywhere.  Personally, I'd probably go home and sulk after losing the SB.  But honestly, I don't care if someone wants to go out and party after losing the last game they'll play for 6 months.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:21 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison you are an absolute tool. Football was your job and is Gronkowski's job. When you have a rough day at the office (on the field) you go blow off some steam. The season is over and the Patriots did not win the Super Bowl. Move on and enjoy life with the millions of dollars you NFL morons make for playing a game. That is exactly what Light and Gronkowski did.

BTW Richard Seymour would have joined him dancing because he is a RAIDER now and could care less about New England winning the Super Bowl. Gronkowski would probably knock your old punk behind out anyways. Your day in the NFL is done just like Bruschi. Get over yourselves and off Belichik's jock. The Pats are 0-2 in the last two Super Bowls the dynasty is dead. Live in the NOW and enjoy life like Gronkowski. 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:21 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

So it's not OK party after a Super Bowl loss, but it is OK take as many cheap shots on the field as humanly possible during your career.  At Harrison he has his priorities straight.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:19 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Right Wilson, because a nobody like you knows the NFL code better than a future HOF player like Rodney Harrison. Another idiotic article by Ryan Wilson and "eye-on-football"


Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:17 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Every year sport journalism gets closer to the likes of US Weekly, TMZ, and Extra! Hell, Extra is were this ridiculous POS story came from. What happened to the days when this petty BS was ignored by the male population? Isn't that one of the beauties of being a man is that shit like this doesn't matter to us and is off our radar? These stories used to be shunned and made fun of when brought up. Harrison doesn't play football anymore, so his opinion is useless. Anyone hear any chatter from other ACTIVE Patriots about this? No? Oh, because this doesn't even register with them because they still play football. Ridiculous.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:02 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

They care about winning/losing but probably not as much as a college athlete cares, because to a college athlete winning is everything.  To a pro athlete getting paid is everything, and winning is a nice bonus.  If winning was that important why do so many players hold out by not showing up for training camp and games even when they already have an existing high paying contract. I can give you tons of examples from every team, and also examples of players who don't perform as well once they get the really big money (like Chris Johnson) because they are no longer hungry or motivated to earn that big contract.   I'm not saying every player is like that, there are some really hard workers who want to win badly even after they get paid but I think the majority are motivated by money first and foremost.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:01 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

In a normal world this story is almost laughable. Still if I saw Scott Norwood partying after that flithy kick, I would have decked him. The pats had their chances and were unable to pull off a victory. The game itself was a fun to watch, someone had to lose and blame has to asigned. If I had to pick a goat it would be Welker. Rodney was just speaking his mind, frustrated and looking to lash out. I am glad the game was decied by a kicker, that is reason enough to celebrate. Party on Gronk.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:00 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

whiney pathetic "football" fans

I put "football" in quotes, b/c this has nothing to do with football and more like TMZ commenting on Lindsay Lohan.

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:56 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Seriously? I've got no issue with Gronk going out and drinking. I take issue with him jumping around on an injured ankle that limited his production in the BIGGEST GAME OF HIS LIFE!!! Apparently he wasn't that hurt...and that game obviously didn't mean as much to him as it did Brady or some of the other vets. As a Jets fan, I'm not allowed to like Brady, but I certainly respect him. This was a mistake by Gronk, but it shouldn't ruin his reputation. He just needs to be cognizant of how much the Super Bowl.

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