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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: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:55 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

It's piss poor to comment on what these guys do outside of the game and practice.  The season is over, the players are free to do whatever the heck they want.  You don't like it, then try out for TE for the Pats next year and take his job. 

As for what he should be feeling, give me a break, everyone is different in how they deal with letdown.  There is no right way to behave unless you have to worry about a bunch of whiney pathetic "football" fans.  Get a life, looks like Rob's got one.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:50 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

This is not a matter of what does Gronk have the right to do--he MAY do just about anything.  But agree or not, he's a public figure--very public on Sunday--and he can't just take off his shirt and go nuts after a Super Bowl loss.  It has obviously sent all the wrong signals, whether the action was really "wrong" or not.  And it heaped ever more criticism on not just himself, but the team.  For Pete's sake, you wanna dance the wild man after the loss, go do it privately and talk about it later.  But to even remotely put yourself in a "video-able" position after the Super Bowl in which there was little you could do to affect the outcome--sad enough already--is just an avoidable mistake by a young pro.  So, Pats, take a note: Ask Mrs. Brady to talk in a back room.  Ask Gronk to dance in another back room.  (The same room would spark more problems like the ones you already have...)  'Nuff said?

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:48 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Got to love the patriots they blame everyone but themselves when they lose!!!

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:42 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I personally DON'T CARE, however it is so amazing how we pick on some people and leave others alone. This Guy based on the standards I have read over and over and over should NOT have been partying after his HORRIBLE game. Especially considering he was supposed to be hurt. Like the BOGUS effort he gave on that interception, he could not try then, but later he can party.

This Guy is a JERK, and we all know it but he isn't Ocho Cinco, so it is ok for him to be a JERK!

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:37 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Yes. These are games.
They mean more to the fan than the player.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:36 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Rodney Harrison is simply reacting as if he had just played in and lost another Super Bowl. Amazing a guy like Harrison still sees himself as "part of the game / story."  

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:34 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

It's a game Rodney. It's not like the fate of the free world hung in the balance. Stop acting so self-important.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:31 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

looks like gronkowski's much to-do high ankle sprain was fine out there on the dance just saying

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:29 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Losing a superbowl is like going to a funeral - you don't go out and party that night. 
Who says a funeral has to be sad? I have been to funerals that were a celebration of life and everyone partied hard cause that's how the deceased would have wanted it...Now about Gronk...if I was 23 years old or whatever, blowing off some steam after pouring your heart out on the field and dealing with the media for 2 solid weeks, AND a record-breaking season- there is NOTHING wrong with that. How old are you people on here? I'm almost 50 and I think it was showing he was really just a human being and not a machine. How many older, veteran players were also in attendance? Give me a break!

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:28 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

He blew off some steam, he was at a party with other players and celebrated the season ending. The only thing problematic was the dude can't dance! Aside from that, what was he supposed to do, sit in a corner and sulk? Heck, maybe he had too much to drink and that loosened him up? Can't blame him for that after a heartbreak loss?

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