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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: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:35 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

You know what, the gam ewas over. I don't care what these guys do as long as its legal and even then we don't have control over it. Are they supposed to go cry and sulk over it? Give me a break.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:34 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Really? If Rodney was there he would ring Gronk's head? Please, The Gronk would demolish Harrison without breaking a sweat.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:31 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The freakin game was OVER!!!  Who cares what he did after the SB.  If this was the Friday before the game, then it's a story.  And I'm sick of all these ex players trying to keep thier playing days alive...from the "live demos" to the "when I played" comments...who cares?!?!?!  Your playing careers are over...let it go!!

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:27 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:21 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

 “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.” 
Yeah, he made a mistake.........he got caught. I'm sure he feels stupid.....because he got caught. There is a time and a place for that........usually at a party idiot. The only real mistake he made was getting a topless picture taken of him dancing with a dude and not a'mon Gronk! could have called the'm buying a Gronk jersey today, I love this kid!

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:12 pm

Read between the lines, I am confused

1.  In his rant, Rodney Harrison was talking about how bad the defense was but Gronk plays offense.

2.  Why didn't Rodney talk about Matt Light who was also at the party dancing.

3.  If it pisses Rodney off so bad then why doesn't he call Bob Kraft and tell him to cut Gronk as if that is an option.

4.  Maybe Rodney has forgotten what it is to be 21 and care free.  

5.  Why doesn't Rodney, Willie, Teddy and Richard talk about something we all want to know more about like spygate since it is ironic New England has not won the Super Bowl since they got caught cheating. 
; Isn't it ironic.    &nbs

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:09 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Rodney Harrison was an idiot as a player and is an even bigger idiot as a pre game guy. Can't stand listening to him. He's retired, stay out of it. If the Patriots have a problem with it they will deal with it.  No one cares what Rodney Harrison thinks. Did I mention he was an idiot... Stop putting this garbage on sports sites.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:05 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

As long as his partying didn't involve getting arrested or missing game/practice (uh....the season's over!!!), what did it matter? Some people do different things to escape a loss of the Super Bowl, a relationship, etc.... What Gronk did AFTER the season was officially over was his business, and if I were Gronk and a teammate got upset (like Harrison is suggesting), then HE might have gotten his bell rung if he came up and started something....

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:03 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I'm not a Patriots fan, and I'm glad the Giants won the Super Bowl, but I would be very disappointed if a player from my team did what Gronk did, and we lost the Super Bowl last year.  I'm talking about a player who was limited in the game with a high ankle sprain, dancing and partying in a club.  I was always under the impression that, especially in a big game, you gave 100% and left everything on the field in the attempt to win.  Maybe if he had, that hail mary would have counted?

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:58 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Whatever.  Harrison is a dolt.

I can name 31 other teams that would love to have a TE with the skillset of Gronkowski on their team.

The game is over.  Stop the crying already.

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