Blog Entry

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.

NFL Offseason Begins

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:26 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The thing is if he didn't care he wouldn't have had 20 td's for the season and he wouldn't have played in the SB. And the guy is not a millionaire, not yet. If he didn't have the season he did and didn't play in the game because of the injury and then was out partying I could understand. Again, it was a party for the team. And why isn't anyone mentioning Matt Light if it's that big of a deal?

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:22 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I agree with evrthinsbigintx...the party was a preplanned event by the team.  At least he showed up, as my understanding is Brady and Welker didn't.  It's just a game!  Fans get too emotional, and think they're part of the team.  Guess're not!  The guy's paid to play football, and he does hell of a job.  If he wants to go out and party, then go for it.  All the haters need to get a life, and probably a job!

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:19 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison= Douche

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:19 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Okay evryone who has any problem with this is an idiot! There I said it. Of course he was disappointed to lose. But he is a single guy who likes to have fun. Get over yourselves. This stuff is not life or death. You have a bad day at work, you go blow off some steam. Oh well. He has the right perspective. SEASON OVER! He is young, not married, and a millionaire. Have some fun after a 6 month grind. It was the same thing here in Phoenix when Lienart was photographed in a spa at a party with a bunch of girls. It was the off season and everyone went nuts. FANS who are this obsessed need to get a life. And as far as Harrison's comments, get over yourself and take Bruschi with you. The egos of some of you guys trying to stay relevant after your career is a joke.

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:17 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

RickyVaughn - Really? You're quoting from Napoleon Dynamite? 

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:11 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

evrthinsbigntx - While I don't agree entirely with Harrison and his old school machismo, I have to say that I hate that your comment that... 
These losses aren't as emotional for players as they are for fans.
...may very well be true. As a fan, I certainly want to believe that the players that I am cheering for, and the team that I am emotional about, are also emotional about their teams. Yes, it's a business and blah, blah, blah... but football, especially, is supposed to be played with emotion. As a Bears fan, I love the fact that a Brian Urlacher or a Peanut Tillman plays the game with emotion and that they will show their emotional involvelment during postgame interviews. I would be shocked if a guy like Urlacher was whooping it up after losing to Peyton Manning's Colts in Super Bowl XLI. Gronkowski is a supremely talented player, but he needs to understand the way that the fans view him and his colleagues. Because if the players do not appear to care, then the fans may stop caring, and then he can look to continue his career as a Chippendale.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:09 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Losing a superbowl is like going to a funeral - you don't go out and party that night.  Just wait a few days and then party all you want.  Today's sports are all about perception and impression.  Gronk gave impression that he did not care about losing.  Not a huge deal, but neither would waiting a couple days.

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:08 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

rob gronowski is a 22 year old millionare! do you really think he cares? so were they partying topless??? i've never called a guy without a shirt topless he's shirtless! a women without a shirt would be topless right??or were rob gronowski & matt light at a topless bar that would make the most sense to me?not to clear on this?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:08 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Yeah sweet, Gronk doesn't really care and isn't a competitor. Record breaking season while making the league minimum. You are one of those that lets sports control your emotions.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:59 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I don't see anything wrong with Gronkowski partying after the game even though they lost.  What's the big deal?  Too me Harrison just tries to make himself look like he's some bigshot on the set.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or