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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: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:20 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Why not call out Matt Light...he's the veteran. Maybe Rodney is still friends with Matt.

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:17 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Anyone who says that these guys don't care about winning/losing because they are rich is crazy.  These guys (except for Fat Albert H) woork like hell to win.  THey have more money than God, yes.  THey want the legacy and the rings.  You are out of your mind to think otherwise.<br /><br />OK, Gronkowski is 22.  Many years ago for me but I don't recall being the most mature person at that age.  <br /><br />Intersting, from a development standpoint, the Cerebral Cortex (the part of your brain that helps you make smart, rational decisions) doesn't fully mature until 25 years of age.  Cut the kid some slack.  He had a great year and will be key to the Patriots offense next year. 

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:13 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

For the most part, it seemed like a collective knee-jerk reaction from and not accustomed to losing.
When was the last time the Paties ended the season with a win?  2008 when Cassell went 11-5 but didn't make the playoffs?
2004 their last SB win*.  Yep that is an astericks. 

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:12 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Who gave Harrison his commentator contract anyway?  The guy is a douche at best.

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:09 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

There's nothing like some music, a few drinks, and maybe girl, to help you cope.  Sure beats sitting at home listening to Nirvana and slitting your wrists.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:05 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

This is one of those things that is only a matter of perspective and opinion. I'd probably be bothered too if a teammate went out and partied after a loss. But that same person, with a different point of view and manner of handling adversity, could be equally as bothered by my surliness and frustration after a loss. Neither of us is right or wrong, just different.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:04 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I think Bruschi and Harrison disrespected themselves more by cheating in the superbowls...  I don't think knowing the opposition's plays helped Brady or the offense as much, but it helped the Pats D in all their Super Bowl wins.  Knowing the opponents plays is easily worth 3 to points, which is the same amount they win by each time.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:02 am
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Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:01 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison is 100% right.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:01 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The bottom line is the game itself doesn't mean that much to professional athletes, they're getting paid a ton and it's the millionaire boys club, so they're all happy win or lose...  That's why after every game 'almost' every player is talking and laughing on the field with members of the other team.  But I do like players better who actually look upset when they lose, although they are few and far between.

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