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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 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:00 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

He also can dance his ass off with that torn up ankle.  What a trooper.  Dude's a loser.  Brady blew off steam.... yep, wonder how?  Wow... you are bright.  You are definitely related to Gronkowski.  Moron.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:57 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

PS.  He's not a "kid".  When I was 23 years old.. I was being held accountable as an adult going on 5 years.  A kid's last excuse for being a "kid" is the age 17.  He's a moron....that excuse might work.

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:55 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

How do people like this guy reach superstar status and are as clueless as he is.This was not a team party he was dancing at.
Get your facts straight.And who cares what kind of season he had.Brady sat at his locker for 30 mins after the game and the lose will bother him until next season.Gronk is a good player but he has played 1 year,lets see what the next few year bring.In the game when Blackburn Intercepted Brady Gronk did nothing to stop him from intercepting the ball.He is just another selfish brat.How do you think Belichek and Brady feel that he was useless in the S.B yet he can dance 2 hours after losing the S.B

So you should not be calling anyone names.

How do people like this guy reach graduation and are as clueless as he is? Oh wait, I assumed there that you graduated anything. Oops. But please forgive me as I thought assuming was ok after reading your post.

You assume Brady sat in his locker after the game. Where you there? You assume this LOSS ( not lose bud maybe I was wrong about the graduation thing) will bother him until next season. You don't think Brady is going to blow off any steam from now until the next season? Is Brady just going out every day and throwing footballs until next season starts?

Blaming Gronk for that INT? The guy couldn't cut and he got behind the D. That INT was all over Brady. If he could throw it further that ball is a TD.

Selfish brat? The guy played with a torn up ankle. If he were selfish he would have pulled a LT and sat on the bench.

How do I think Brady and Belichick felt? I don't know. Why don't you just assume? It's what you did with your whole post.

BTW, calling someone clueless in the same post you said Gronk has only played one year makes you look....well..... CLUELESS.

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Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:44 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Let me start off by saying I hate the Patriots. But in his defense, this kid was a BIG reason why the Patriots even made it to the superbowl. He's going to have a great career and I hate playing against him twice a year. He's only 22 and he just played in his first superbowl... Get over it. 

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:25 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Seriously 123kid?


He should be in the trainers room the night after the Super Bowl, when there's a TEAM party going on.  Get your head out of the clouds, kiddo.

Gronk is a 22 year old kid who was just in the Super Bowl.  Last game notwithstanding, he had the best year of a tight end.  IN HISTORY.

He's allowed to have some fun.  That's what 22 year old kids DO.

Ugh.  Just read your comment about hanging with a porn star.  You're just a troll.

Got it.        

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