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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: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

But you can always use your yankee aguement although most of those tiles came during prohibition and before world war 2. , but boston can use all those celtics championships also but those where all before the 70's. And there was a stretch for the yankees their 4 titles at the end of the century but that team was fueled by Steriods although clemens denies it andy petitte admitted to using Steriods in 99 and if you go all the way back in time new york is up 35- 32 , but if you add the braves and redskins who won titles in boston it evens out ..you take the yankees of babe ruth and lou gehrig new york city is one of the biggest sporting franchise cities of LOSER teams in the history of Sports has only city that has done worse ( with at least the big 3 sporting franchises mlb,nfl and nba)would be cleveland



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

It's an age old rivalry in sports between Boston & New Yuck, but when it comes to the cities themselves, there is NO comparing.
The United States of America BEGAN in Boston, New Yuck was nothing but a dumping ground and continues to be so today.
Compare the violence that takes place in both........New Yuck wins that category overwhelmingly, unless of course your in the 1% who can afford high security living.
New Yuck is so over crowded, that if one person farts the whole city smells it.


DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:12 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Who cares what Rodney Harrison thinks?  Get a life Rodney!  Losing a Super Bowl is not the end of the world.
 



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:02 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Hey dex aren't the Bruins Stanley cup champions. You know if you go from the turn of the century. It is Boston - 4 teams = 7 championships Redsox -2 patriots-3 Celtics-1 Bruins -1 New York - 6 teams =1 championship Yankees -1 mets -0 rangers-0 islanders-0 knicks-0 bills-0 New Jersey 4 teams = 3 championships Devils -1 nets -0 jets-0 Giants -2 Who has the edge ? Just helping you out but it looks like massachusetts has been beating new york's ass with less teams



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I have never complained once. I just bash idiots who deserve it. Care to be bashed?


DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:51 pm
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Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:51 pm
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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:51 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Hey Lomax And Bruin Who cares they are pretty much the same thing , Lomax was gonna see what team you liked to see how many guys used steriods .. But Bruin is Right you have no team and all your posts are just complaints



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Comparing running routes, blocking, geting hit and tackled to a little hop to chest bump a guy is the most ridiculous thing I've read on this post all day.


Not to mention the fact that it's VERY unlikely he felt anything.

I sprained my ankle but good at a wedding once.  Lots of pain medication (AKA BEER)   


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