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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: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:27 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

dumbest column of tis young year... why is this nes?  media is the reason for the season...this should have never been printed...Harrison is the one immature.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:19 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Who cares what Harrison thinks?  He's just trying to be a diva.  It's none of his business.

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:11 am
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Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:41 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I once had a BAD ankle sprain where I couldn't do anything on it...during the day!  Once that acohol go tflowing I was in the pit with everyone else.  Then icing my ankle the next day because it was the size of a grapefruit.  I gaurantee you, if his sprain is legit, he felt it the next day.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:36 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

This coming from the former "dirtiest" player in the league who cried like a skinned knee little girl after winning the Super Bowl? I rather be caught dancing like a white man having a seizure then bawling like a baby. Also, who is he to talk after not being able to seperate an easy jump ball that was caught, one handed mind you, and pinned to a forth option WR's helmet in the biggest game of his career? Shut up Harrison. You are not one to critique. Go back to trying to clean up your image on TV and attempting to be less dirty/scummy then the current Harrison that's playing in the league. You were barely a Patriot. Don't talk like you were Bruschi or Izzo status...

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:24 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Anyone think Harrison is a little on himself during every interview he does.  He looks into the reflection of his desk and just smiles at himself telling himself he's beautiful.  Or says back when i won a super bowl.  Uh Rodney the question was do you like carrots, what does that have to do with your super bowl appearance. 

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:21 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

"None of you posters below me have ever played football. You guys were def in the band. After a game like the Super Bowl (or any game from bigtime HS up), if you can party and move like that you 100% didnt leave it on the field. Harrison is right, Gronk gets zero respect. If you dont agree you havent played the game the way its supposed to be played."

Total, complete, laughable bull shinola.  

You've never seen the WINNERS dancing and whooping it up all night long??  I guess they didn't play the game the way it was supposed to be played, huh?  "Left it all on the field", did they?

LOL.  Save your condescending "I know how football is played" nonsense for someone else.  You're making a fool of yourself.  Talk about "zero respect"....

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:07 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I definitely understand where Harrison is coming from, I too have the same mind set on the situation. But at the same point Gronk didnt do anything wrong. Just Because Harrison adn/or others may have been upset and not party or whatever doesnt mean that Gronk did something wrong. I think Harrison going public with this and calling out a player for enjoying his life outside the game is disrespectful. should Gronk spend the next 6 months crying about his and the teams poor performance. There is a saying for situations like this Rodney and it goes like this "life goes on", get over it and get over how the man handles a Super Bowl loss. If anybody needs to apologize it is Harrison. 

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:58 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

So what he drank and had a good time. He didnt get into any trouble unlike most morons. He let off some steam and took the loss as just that. Life goes on. He didnt get a DUI, caught with drugs, and didnt beat up his women. Good for him.

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:50 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

None of you posters below me have ever played football. You guys were def in the band. After a game like the Super Bowl (or any game from bigtime HS up), if you can party and move like that you 100% didnt leave it on the field. Harrison is right, Gronk gets zero respect. If you dont agree you havent played the game the way its supposed to be played.

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