We already knew that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski likes to party without a shirt in the days after the Super Bowl. You'll recall that he did so after New England lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI -- which created all kinds of controversy (Gronk doesn't care about losing! He's not showing the proper respect! Blah, blah, blah).
A year later, somebody with a camera caught Gronkowski dancing at what apparently is a Las Vegas club.
The 58-second clip appears to show Gronkowski (complete with a sleeve or brace or cast covering his broken arm) dancing with two other buddies before he grabs one of them and attempts to give him some sort of suplex.
They both tumble to the floor before Gronkowski pops up unhurt. Considering Gronkowski broke his arm for the second time this season in Week 17, it's not a great look. But it's also the offseason, and if a man wants to dance shirtless in Vegas, why can't a man do so while engaging in some hand-to-hand combat?
The problem with that is that Gronkowski is not some regular bro looking to blow off some steam.
As the Boston Herald writes, “But you still have to sit back and wonder what he was thinking.”
“Gronkowski has to realize his importance to the team,” Karen Guregian writes. “That's why Kraft broke the bank and paid him early as the game's premier tight end. He has to realize there are consequences to his escapades. If he gets hurt, that impacts the team. And not just a little bit.
“Gronkowski constantly talks about the team concept. He just has to figure out what that really means.”
Is this continuing Gronkowski storyline overblown? Probably. I mean, it is the offseason, and though the Patriots would rather not see Gronkowski wrestle while his arm is in recovery, this also doesn't appear to be a big deal.
And hey, it appears that Gronkwoski has a generous heart, especially when he's thirsty for some lemonade. But at some point, you have to wonder if the Patriots will tell him (or have told him) to slow down his partying in the public eye. Or to, at the very least, cut out the grappling while his arm still is in recovery.
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