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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 21, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:24 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

You guys are hilarious. You have never went out drinking after something terrible happened in your life and maybe started to feel a lot better a dozen drinks into the night? I must have been the only one who had some fun in my twenties.

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:23 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Lomax , every football took steriods up until recently and i am sure you are loaded with credibility especailly where you don't even list your teams or where you come from. ( just a complainer almost every one of your posts is bitching about something. Lol )

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:23 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

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

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:22 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Harrison is a puke of a human being, Gronk didn't do anything wrong. The kid has been working 7 days a week probably since May and now it is all over, he is allowed to go out and get twisted. What is he 24 years old? If it happened the night before the game it would be different, but after the last game of the year? Shut up Harrison.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:21 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

He should not have been dancing.  I completely diagree with this writer.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:59 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Rodnet Harrison was a cheat that got caught taking HGH and got a ban for it. So he has no credibility to say anything to anyone.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:58 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Why do ex players always wants present players to be like them? During my days, when we lost a big game, we all go to a whore house and really hurt those hookers to get our frustrations out but these present players, they all go home to their wives. Geez, what is wrong with these people, why can't they be like us?

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:58 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

What's Gronk supposed to do?  Well not party like he won.  To these guys winning the Super Bowl is supposed to be the pinacle, what they play the game for, and losing it SHOULD be devastating.  Heck yeah, he should not have been in such good spirits as he was shown to be.  Shows he's got skills but may lack the heart.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:47 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I know what Harrison is talking about. Its an old school thing. Harrison was a die hard, He gave a damn.He was a great player.  Gronkowski is  a mercenary, He is a great player. It is what it is.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:41 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Here is my only problem with Gronk dancing...if he was injured and couldn't play at his best, how can he go out and dance?  Dancing takes some moving and puts pressure on that ankle.

Other than that, what is the big deal.  As long as he and Matt Light weren't moving slowly to the music, holding each other tight in their arms, while bare chested, and caressing each other softly, I don't give a damn.  That sh!t is best left in privacy behind closed doors.

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