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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: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:12 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

All of those that think Gronk should have been crying in his room COME ON MAN. Harrison "The big hitter" should have leveled Tyree and he wouldn't have held the ball. The Pats have had 5 SB appearances in 10 years a feat that eludes the vast majority of teams in the NFL. My thinking is that the games should be a pick-um. So, 50%  of the time that you make the SB you should win. The Pats are ahead of the game at this point. There is no shame in loosing, the media perpetuates the shame. I am more disturbed that our drafts are shamefull and with 4 good picks this year we should and Mr.Kraft should see to it that we get a couple of pass rushers, a Revis type of game changing back and a couple of speedy WRs one from the draft and one free agent. Give Brady some legit down field threats. We will be back in Feb 2013. Gronk will dance again. Rodney should zip it. Different team different problems. I forgot Rodney has Teddy B, Vrable, Mcguinist, Junior Seau etc. to lean on this year we had who on defense COME ON MAN , In my opinion, we worked harder to get to the SB than what your teams (loaded with personnel) had to do. SEE YOU NEXT FEB and Gronk keep on dancin.   



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:28 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

There's definitely 2 schools of thought on this and I don't think either is wrong.
But to those who are passionate about winning and HATE losing, you don't like seeing this.
How do you get over such a loss within a matter of minutes??
If you can do that in such a short amount of time, then you're not playing with the passion and fire that others play with.
I say this from experience, having played in league championships in a couple of different sports--both for the winning and losing teams. If you have a fire in your belly, you think about the loss and it eats you up. There's something to be said for "the love of the game".



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:25 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Maybe I dont understand hig ankle  sprains, too injured to do more than basicaally show up he did play, but just barely] but not too injured to dance, twist and turn, ,'jump' up and down after  the game of the year that his team  lost?
Hmmmm


Nothing wrong with letting off steam after a tough ,hard-foughty game, but if he couldnt play much with that ankle, he shouldnt dance much.
So how hurt is that ankle?


bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:50 am
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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:49 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

People seem to be missing Harrison's point. The fact that the guy was useless on the field in the Super Bowl and after he was out partying and dancing all night and jumping up and down. It seems that he put more effort into partying than he did into the Superbowl. He is giving the impression that he really doesn't care what the outcome of the game was and that is how he disrespected himself and the patriots organization and if any of you think Belichik is not bothered by seeing that you are crazy.



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Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:47 am
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Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:46 am
 

nothing means nothing eh

harrison is right.  if you don't feel bad after a loss, then the game meant nothing to you.  considering it was the superbowl, i'd think you'd at least take a few days before acting like an ass.  gronk disrespected the teammates who might have actually cared about the game, who take their legacy seriously.  god i hate you people.  and wilson, you r a deuchetard.


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Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:45 am
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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:40 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

32 teams, one winner.  The other team, the loser, was a winner of the AFC (Hunt Trophy) Championship.  Lots of players never reach the Super Bowl.  And it's not like the Pats were blown out.  A close game.  One team lost.  Saw and listened to players from the Packers and Saints who were there enjoying Indianapolis and Super Bowl week; they certainly should have been hiding in cave somewhere broken down and crying because those two teams should have SB contenders.  Saw the same sorts of players from the Ravens (who were arguably one play away from playing in the SB) and 49'ers (but for a muffed punt return there as well).

Again, the game doesn't end until one team wins.  But it's great to be there.  So yeah, what's the big deal?



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Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:40 am
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