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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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DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:48 pm
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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Besides the more obvious argument over whether it's OK to have any fun in your life or not if you don't win every game every day every time.  I've read a lot of comment about people being upset that Gronk was dancing and jumping after not being able to go 100% in the game.  I hope you're all joking.  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.  And that says a lot.



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Since Mista Bruin needs to be informed of what he does not know:

 

(NEWSER) – Having served his four-game suspension for using the banned substance HGH, stud safety Rodney Harrison will retake his place this week with a Patriots defense that has looked plenty stalwart without him. Harrison stayed in shape during his forced sabbatical with weights, yoga, and Pilates; it is unclear whether he will start against the Browns.

The 14-year veteran claimed that he had been using HGH solely to rehab a knee injury, but was contrite nonetheless. He cited the primary lesson of his layoff: "Don't make bad decisions." Harrison forfeited about a quarter of his $2 million salary; in his career, he has also been fined a cumulative $200,000 for excessive hits.




Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Can't forget Steve Howe , doc gooden , daryl strawberry had to do so much Cocaine just to be able to live in new york city lets not forget cory lidle flew his plane right into a apartment building because he couldn't take being in New york and let's not forget fat boy thurman munson who flew committed suicide by flying his plane straight into the ground , than rather go back to the Bronx



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

just like brady said, he would rather make it to the super bowl and lose then be sitting home like the other 30 teams, it's not the end of the world rodney




Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Gronkowski is a punk for his partying after a Super Bowl loss.  It definitely doesn't send a good message to his teammates.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Lomax he got caught using a anabolic steriod , not HGH there is not test to catch HGH yet ? That's why arod and his toronto doctor did not get caught.


DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:33 pm
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Why shouldn't he be dancing? Will he injure himself for the next game?

No, I am just saying that if he was healthy enough to dance, then maybe he was healthy enough to bust it down field a little faster/harder, that's all.  He was a non-entity in the game.  I really have no problem with guys blowing off steam after a tough loss.  The season is over, you have about 3 months off before OTC's start, go ahead and have a good time.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison is right ! Posing with a stripper is one thing , but not being pissed that they just gave away a game they hard won is hard to fathom go steelers. That is something you calling someone a puke of a human being having a Hines Ward avatar ( one of the dirtiest players ever ) and rooting for a team that has SCUMBAGS like james harrison and Taylor , oh yeah and let's no forget the Rapist who claimed he was innocent but paid a cool million out in a settlement to his victim. Haha


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