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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: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:02 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

look guys,gronks a kid hyped up over playing in a superbowl,and when i so the video i thought that boys in trouble and i agree with rodney,but the pats will deal with it in their own way and hopefully he will listen? which can only be good for the pats there are enough vets on the team to deal with it?



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Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:56 pm
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Since: Sep 2, 2008
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Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

T o m  h a s  3  r i n g s.  D o Y o u  u n d e r s t a n d ?  G r o n d u m b s k i  h a s  z e r o .  3 2 1 ... u  r  a  m o r o n .



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:48 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Glad you caught that.  Come on man.  Isn't this all for fun?  I knew you'd look at my post more closely.  Nice catch, Gronkowski.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Of course he wasn't exhausted and bone-weary, truth255. If you played the game, then you should know as well that a receiver who can't cut and who also isn't a burner can't possibly play hard enough to wear himself out, not if he's in shape. After two years in an NFL conditioning program, he should be able to go 24/7 at 75%. Hell, after the first bit, they eased the coverage on him, because they knew he wasn't gonna beat them unless they blew an assignment.



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Rob, thank you for defending your stupid self.

-Tom (I got 3 rings and married a supermodel)

Uh, why are you signing Tom? Tom Brady didn't win a SB this year he lost just as Gronk did. You really are not bright. But, I guess I'm the moron as I'm the one expecting maybe some sort of intelligent conversation here. Oh well.

Use the moron quote in 3....2....1....



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:12 pm
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Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:10 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'


Oh geez, who let all the morons out tonight?

1) This can be said about most players. Is Tom Brady a record breaker without Randy Moss? Oh wait, we already know the answer to that one.

2) Is he supposed to be able to speak spanish? But, whatever, he's not the first or the last dumbass football player. What does that have to do with anything?

3) You comparing shaking your ass with running full speed cutting and blocking 300 pound dudes? Ever play a sport?

4) So what? A guy can't try to dance?

5) Again so what? Are you a homophobe? Guy was having fun. Dudes show naked 2 feet away from each other you think some ass slapping doesn't go on in the locker room? Nevermind all the ass slapping on the field in front of millions of people....

6) See above.

7) This is the dumbest thing I've ever read. Not one of but the dumbest thing I've ever read. Tom Brady didn't throw it right. Greatness throws it right. Tom Brady is still OH FER without Adam V kicking FGs.

8) Ah shit, THIS is the dumbest thing I've ever read. Wow, #1 and #2 on my list of dumb shit in the same post. That's incredible. Especially considering the other post I just responded to


Rob, thank you for defending your stupid self.

-Tom (I got 3 rings and married a supermodel)



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

 He's a moron....that excuse might work.

I guess you should ask the expert right?


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