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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, CBSSports.com)

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: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:19 am
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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:18 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Yikes I agree with Wilson on this. That has never happened before.

These people are playing a children's game for millions of dollars. It is so not serious. Anyone who gets worked up over the results of a children's game like this is an absolute loser. That includes the players but also the fans. Especially the fans. At least players and coaches have their jobs riding on the games, so they have to perform. But losing in an SB you won't lose your job, especially if you're a very good player. But heck even if you did, you're already set for life after your first contract so even that doesn't matter too much.

I wonder what these guys thinks happens after a pro fighter loses a title match. They're usually partying with the guy that beat them.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:17 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

This has got to be a joke.

What does Harrison want Gronkowski to do, kill himself because they lost a game.

I understand it's the Super Bowl but at the end of the day what happens after the game isn't going change the outcome.

Gronkowski sitting at home crying or pouting isn't going start time to magically rewind so they can play again.

The game was played and the Patriots lost, all you can do is move on and get back out there next year but sitting around crying isn't any better than him being out partying.




Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:12 am
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Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:11 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I guess they should have followed the lead of their hermit looking coach with is torn hoodie by spreading ashes on their foreheads and beating themselves with chains.  You work hard since July, you play hard and win, you get to the Super Bowl and lose with less than a minute to go.  You celebrate the season and let off steam from all the work you did.  You earned it.  Only one team can win the Super Bowl which does not make all the men losers.  Get over it Harrison.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:11 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I played on a softball team once where a guy made a error that cost us the game and he laughed and crazy sal manino hit him in the face with a bat, knocking out half his teeth. 




Since: Jan 6, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:34 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Rodney "Has Been" Harrison,,, He is still bitter from 42...

“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.”

He is a kid, at least he didnt shoot himself in the leg.....

Rodney... You stink on TV...  I mean you are Terrible...
Im sure you know that right???



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:21 am
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Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:48 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Just another story for the media to write about. I don't hear Harrison saying anything about Matt Light do you?

Everyone acts differntly to wins and losses. It's not old time football anymore Rodney, football has changed and the world has changed. Change yourself and shut up



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:35 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Hey Rodney, tape an aspirin to it.  I get your out-of-the-spotlight mentality but to lash out is just a part of over reaction Monday.  I'm pretty sure after your SB loss you cuddled up with a James Michener novel and spent the night under your reading lamp.  Stop drawing attention to yourself.  This was a Patriot function and I'm sure other SB runners-up in the past have knocked down an ale or two and done their best Travolta.  The season is over.  So are you.


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