Rob Gronkowski: “Sorry for party rocking”
After the New England Patriots fell to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl last Sunday, the team hosted an end of the season party for fans and players the season that was a hail Mary pass away from being Super Bowl Champions. During the party, tight end, and noted party bro, Rob Gronkowski decided to get into the spirit of celebrating a pretty good season, jumping around and dancing with fans and fellow Patriot Matt Light, and was caught on camera looking pretty jovial as he danced without a shirt on, doing celebratory jumping chest bumps with onlookers. It wasn’t exactly the picture of a player down in the dumps over losing the Super Bowl, like his quarterback Tom Brady who sat at his locker for 20 minutes without changing out of his pads. Some people perceived the Gronk’s partying ways as an admission that he didn’t really care all that much about the game. One person who was particularly ruffled about the incident was former Patriot and current NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, who knows a thing or two about losing Super Bowls.
“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,” said Harrison, who admitted he has not seen the video or photos of Gronkowski dancing at the party. “There’s no reason for that to happen.”
“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,” he added. “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.”
At this point, I’m sure almost everyone has seen the video of the Gronk partying it up, jumping around and chest bumping like a bro to LMFAO. If not, enjoy! Note: He’s the giant man in the white t-shirt.
Not everyone has rushed to condemn the Gronk and the other Pats’ players for getting their Party Rock on like they were in Footloose. Former Patriots assistant coach and current ESPN analyst Eric Mangini had no issues with the jovial mood, saying they earned the right to celebrate the entirety of their season, even if it didn’t end the way they wanted it to. It’s safe to assume that nobody was there celebrating their loss, as Matt Light later gave a toast on stage to the organization as a whole. Every team is entitled to an end of the season celebration…this one just happened before the Giants’ confetti had been cleared from the field.
Possibly of greater significance, however, is the Gronk’s ankle. After suffering a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game, Gronkowski did not practice at all the week leading up to the Super Bowl and was noticeably hobbled still from the injury during the game. During the second half, the Giants began calling out the prolific tight end as a decoy. Today, Gronkowski has undergone arthoscopic surgery on that injured ankle, signifying that the damage was more extensive than originally thought. This isn’t the person you would expect to see jumping around on a dance floor a couple of hours after playing in the Super Bowl, where he was noticeably limping and unable to play his best, but the video doesn’t lie. Overreacting Pats fans and old guards of the “Patriot Way” are going to take offense.
So, some people getting mad cause you’re dancing with an ankle that is bad? This is what you say: “Sorry for party rocking”…Shake it.