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Patriots president defends Rob Gronkowski

Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:31 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 9:43 am
Jonathan Kraft on Gronkowski: "He hasn't brokan any laws."  (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Rodney Harrison is particularly passionate and passionately particular. For instance, he proclaimed that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "disrespected himself" by partying (and dancing -- topless) in the hours after Sunday's Super Bowl loss. But the same sanctimony was nowhere to be found when coach Bill Belichick headed to California to play in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week.

Is one worse than the other? Does a few days really make that big a difference? (Seriously, we're talking about mourning a game that includes dressing up in funny costumes and running into other similarly dressed people.)

Like most things, it depends. Unless, of course, you're Harrison, who appears resolute in his opinions that there are no gray areas when it comes to skimping on the self-flagellation after a devastating loss. (Although he conveniently forgets to call out everybody.)

Gronkowski reportedly had ankle surgery Friday, and that same day team president Jonathan Kraft went on ESPN radio to speak to those who felt compelled to criticize Gronkowski for his postgame party plans.

“One thing I do know is the guy is 100 percent a passionate when it comes to football,” Kraft said (via the Boston Herald). “He loves football. He wants to win. He doesn’t like losing. I don’t know specifically what people are questioning, but he’s an ultimate competitor. I think the team did accomplish a lot this year. Unfortunately, we fell a little bit short of the ultimate goal. I do think that he and other players probably have different ways of both celebrating what we were able to achieve and dealing with the disappointment of the night, and I think it’s hard to personalize how any individual would deal with that and project it on someone else.”

Kraft also pointed out that Gronkowski “...hasn’t broken any laws, he hasn’t done anything else, and I think it’s hard to place value judgments.”

How this isn't obvious to Harrison might be the biggest post-Super Bowl story.

In related news: it's clear that, in addition Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Julian Edelman, Tiquan Underwood's flat top and Robert Kraft don't care about winning, either. This must pain Harrison to no end. 

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Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:03 am

Patriots president defends Rob Gronkowski

This useless bit of info belongs on TMZ or "E!" entertainment network.....anyone who spent more than a millisecond dwelling on this is a voyeur....there are other forums for people who NEED to know what celebrities and sports figures do in their free time......

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:00 am

Patriots president defends Rob Gronkowski

Rodney Harrison used PED's and was suspended numerous times...that is what I call disrespecting yourself

look in mirror Harrison you fraud

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:43 am
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Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:03 am

Patriots president defends Rob Gronkowski

There are major differences between what Belichick is doing and what Gronkowski did.  The former made a commitment to play in the pro-am months before knowing his team was in the Super Bowl.  For the latter, going to a party post Super Bowl is more or less spontaneous.  Belichick not playing in the pro-am at this point would have hurt sponsors, organizers, and those he was partnered with.  Who would have been hurt if Gronkowski hadn't attended the party?  I don't think his attendance would have been noticed or made headlines if he hadn't decided to dance shirtless.  The perception, based on his performance at the party, was that he didn't care if they lost.  Football fans (I refer to fans in general, and not NE fans who may be disgruntled) WANT the "super stars" to care about winning.  Appearing at a basketball game, or some other event days after losing does not convey the same message to the fan as dancing shirtless at a party the day you lose the biggest game of the year.  Even if Belichick played the tournament shirtless it wouldn't convey the same message as Gronk's antics (though it would be newsworthy).  I fear I see the next Jeremy Shockey here.  A person wasting a whale of talent because of an inane sense of self.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:01 am

Patriots president defends Rob Gronkowski

Harrison`s one of those p<span style="color: #000000;">layers that saw a team all ready built to win a superbowl, or two... And get himself an easy ring. Now he "thinks" he`s so high and mighty, and believes New England just couldn`t win without him.... What a moron.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:29 pm

Patriots president defends Rob Gronkowski

OMG...Doesn't Harrison have anything better to gripe about? I'm a Buffalo Bills fan who doesn't really care what happens in New England. However Gronk is a local hometown boy and I'm glad his team President came to his defense.

We all need to remember that although Harrison was a good player he has always had a piss poor attitude.  

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