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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: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:01 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Wow. This is amazing.  Matt Light, an 11 year vet, was at the same party doing the same crap and nobody is calling him out? Is it because he's 33? Or is it because he's 6-4 305? He played in the Super Bowl too, right? Did he win? This has nothing to do with Gronk. It has everything to do with haters. It isn't even close being fair to the kid, but hey, who said life was fair, right? Go Kowski, Get busy! Go Kowski, Get busy!!



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:48 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

from the" just askin" dept......why was Gronk trying to pull off another dudes shirt?    hhhmmmm.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:02 am
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Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:12 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Amen on that MC and Gronk



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:00 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Leave the man alone and let him enjoy life.
dave- good points on Gronk



Since: Dec 12, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:15 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Hey Rodney?

Go do somemore HGH you cheater!!!!




Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:06 am
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I would have had a bigger problem with it if he party'd before the Super Bowl than after.  It is a game, he is a young man and everybody has different ways they deal with disappointment.   The clowns that want to make a big deal about it... ARE CLOWNS.  Leave the man alone and let him enjoy life.  He isn't a slave to the organization.


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Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:12 am
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Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:55 pm
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Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:04 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

1) Yes.. check the record books.
2) No, but ignore foreign interviews, because you are in America.
3) He did more than shake that dumb thang... watch the video.  (it's embarrassing)
4) No... not on a bum ankle that caused you to be a turd in the SuperBowl
5) Yes.  I am.  I'm a dude.  I like women. It's how life is made.  Pro-creation.   Check it out.
6) Blatant idiot.  See above.
7) Mor
8) on


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