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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: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:35 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

after the game, Harrison refused to have his picture taken with a big fan of his at the bar in his hotel because "he had some serious drinking to do".........I guess that is more respectfull??  the values of professional athletes has always been questionable, lets move on to the next topic!

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:57 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Times have changed Harrison.  Good for Gronk !!! Hope he has a new  dance named after him !!! C'mon everybody do the Gronk !!!

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:43 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

harrison is a loser. i remember him and that other loser jr. seau making out on the sidelines thinking they'd finally won a SB. only for manning to rip their hearts out. that look of horror and disappointment was priceless. LOSERS

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:40 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I would have been dancing with several naked porn stars if I were him........please.....Our amazing president JFK was cheating on his wife with a girl that looked like she was 17 while he was 45 and nobody seems to have a problem with that......This single guy hits up a porn star and tears it up after his job is done and he is criticized......Harrison and Bruschi are both closet homosexuals.....not that being gay is a bad thing,,,,but it is if you pretend you aren't.......and have gone to the extent of playing football for a living to cover it up.
Oddly enough you will find more closet homosexuals in manly professions than you might think......Bruschi likes a nice hot it gay if its under the water????? haha

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:37 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

He was dancing around pretty good for a guy with a high ankle sprain... he moved better on the dance floor then on the field.....

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:32 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Went to Western Illinois and had classes with Rodney Harrison.  One of the biggest morons I have ever met.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:18 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison = Idiot.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:16 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison also forgot to mention that he grew up in the depression and if we think we have it tough now, we should have lived then.  My dad grew up in the Depression in Philly and used to say that he was stealing ice off boxcars when he was 8 to keep the family's ice box cold.  Every time I heard that I used to chuckle to myself, "that's great, but how is that relevant?"  Harrison is using the old Jedi mind trick to convey to young "Luke" Gronkowski that only after he takes losses seriously will he be able to climb the proverbial mountain of victory, or something like that.  I understand that NFL get paid a shitload of money and should take their job seriously, but everyone reacts differently to adversity and maybe the Gronk was blowing off steam after the loss in an attempt to rejuvenate himself for the serious off season healing and training he will soon begin facing.  Anyway, who really cares.  I understand Harrison's point, but why even make it; it doesn't need to be discussed publicly.  How many people even saw Gronk partying with his shirt off?  

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:15 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I agree that the whole thing is ridiculous, and I understand that you have to write about it, but maybe you shouldn't... there really is no story here.  He lost, he THEN went and had a good time... so what, he's a millionaire, young, and works his tail off for months and months during the season.  The season is over and we're hearing about what he did after the game?  


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