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Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:56 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:50 pm
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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: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:03 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I do not see what Harrison is getting offended by.  In reality, making the Super Bowl takes alot of luck and teamwork.  Sorry to break the news, but even making it to a Super Bowl on a team is a special life event.   To get all stuck up on the olden ways is naive, people celebrate accomplishmemt in different ways.  Harrison, at 38, does not understand that apparently.  He is 38.

The kid was celebrating an accomplishment.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

After the Brits lost the war, they were seen drinking and dancing the next night on the ship... Thats's dissrespectful. Rodney says the soldiers weren't dedicated to winning the war. Shame on the Brits.
Haha!  That made it worth an entire day of reading this stupid thread.



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

After the Brits lost the war, they were seen drinking and dancing the next night on the ship... Thats's dissrespectful. Rodney says the soldiers weren't dedicated to winning the war. Shame on the Brits.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The United States of America BEGAN in Boston
OK, I know you're referring to the Boston Tea Party (1773), which was a huge event, but not really the whole story.  The USA actually began with the creation of the 13 colonies in 1775 and of course, more specifically, the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia.  Also of note is that the final British troops and leaders sailed out of New York City while George Washington sat and watched in 1783, successfully gaining it's independence.  Then, instead of becoming King of the Colonies, he retired and went home to Virginia.

The entire Northeast of the United States is rich in history from the beginning of colonization, so it's kind of stupid to compare who was more important in the formation of the US, New York or Boston.  Philadelphia definitely needs to be at the forefront of that conversation as well, if you still have any interest in having such a conversation.

Even with all that Revolutionary war history, you can't discount the importance of the French-Indian War (which happened before the Tea Party) as the real starting point of the United States of America.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:34 pm
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Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Fertility drugs are used as a masking agent,.. to hide things.  Just because he got caught in one place, doesn't mean he wasn't using beforehand. Sox could not win all thoase years, then Manny comes along. Hmm,.. have to wonder.  Horseshoe head,.. I think you are basically a fraud fan. You can pretend trhat you know something if you like. I'm sure some of the kiddies roaming around in here may believe something you say eventually.


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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:25 pm
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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Lomax. He got caught with a fertility drug twice , maybe he had a sex change. Lol He was caught in los angeles and tampa bay , not boston just like yankee fans say arod only did it in. Texas and giambi only did it in oakland. Lol , but clemens and pettitte where caught doing ( or ratted out by their trainer) it in new york.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Dex i don't think the yankees have dominated the Sox have they ? The yankees actually should out spending everybody by 2to 1. Your yanks have been so dominating that my white sox have as many world titles as the yankees since the turn of the century and that is Funny ... The yankees should WIN every year by the players they buy , but every year like clockwork they CHOKE in the playoffs



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Manny Ramirez= Steroid user


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