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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 13, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:55 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

you all are wrong. Harrison is right. Its not about what he actually did, its about the fact that these modern players, in all sports, have too much money in the bank. They dont care, its not competition for them, its an entertainment job. The point Harrison was trying to make is that if you really care, if you are really a competitor, there is no way you would be in the frame of mind to be on a dance floor, not so soon after the game at least. Anyone who was or is a real cometitor, sportsperson, understands this. The rest of you all are just wannabes.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:55 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

What is the world coming to when you have to apologize for spending your bye week with a porn star?

Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:53 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Hope Harrison doesn't return next season on NBC. The guy has a real chippy attitude and I don't like his demonstrated lack of respect for 
Dan Patrick and Tony Dungy. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:45 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

He's 22 years old. It was a party. Paid for and thrown by the owner. He was a huge reason why the Pats were in the Superbowl in the first place. The season is over. These losses aren't as emotional for players as they are for fans. Harrison is old and was a dirty player anyway.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:42 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Who really cares what Harrison said. He is irrelevant. Just trying to stay in the public eye. Remember, he is in the media now.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:36 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Maybe Gronk has acted like this his whole life.  Lost high school championship game, keg in woods afterwards.  Maybe he saw his father loes a huge account for his company and come home and take the family out to celebrate.  I don't care if he's 22 or 32 years old, poor choices and I'm sure if he doesn't have someone wake him up to how a pro athlete should act, this won't be the last stupid thing we see.  

In the end, the NFL should expect this behavior .  .  . we pay these players way too much.  Too much to care.   

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:35 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The biggest problem I have is...the losers now get more air time than the winners. There was a time when the losers were forgotten about. Now the winners are forgotten about. Winners don't fill columns...losers with scandals and excuses do.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:35 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I hate the Pats, but Harrison is a joke. A dirty player, a horrible analyst and who cares what he says about this idiot TE? The Patriot organization should be disbanded for their cheating and how they treat people and the media. Harrison is so bad, he is a reason to go pee when he comes on for NBC.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:22 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

<iframe id="twttrHubFrame" style="position: absolute; width: 10px; height: 10px; top: -9999em;" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>Harrison just wishes someone still cared about his opinion. Reminds me of Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite.  "Back in '82, I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile." 

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:22 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

What a JOKE Rodney!!!!  You were suspended for PEDS!  Now that's disrespecting yourself!  He went out and got his mind off things. 

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