A video surfaced of Gronkowski dancing — seemingly under the influence — at the Patriots’ after party on Sunday night, which has caused an uproar in some circles. Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison is among those who think that Gronk was out of line with his postgame antics, saying Gronkowski “disrepected himself.”
“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 said during a radio appearance on ESPN Chicago Radio 1000. “There’s no reason for that to happen.”
Harrison admitted he hasn’t seen photos or the video of Gronkowski dancing at the party, but he’s apparently finding it hard to comprehend the lack of devastation shown by the young Pro Bowler just hours after suffering a crushing defeat.
“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.”
Gronkowski is being seen by some as a party animal because of his actions this season, highlighted by the photos that surfaced on Twitter of him hanging out with porn star BiBi Jones. He still managed to put together the best season a tight end has ever had, though, and battled through an ankle injury suffered in the AFC Championship to get back on the field for the Super Bowl.
But that’s apparently not enough for Harrison, as the outspoken analyst insists the off-the-field stuff has to stop.
“The leadership has to step up and someone has to pull [Gronkowski] to the side and say, ‘Look young man, this is inappropriate, this is not the time nor the place. You need to grow up,’” Harrison said. “And that’s what it comes down to. I like this kid. I think he’s a good kid, works hard, is unselfish. But he made a mistake.
“There’s a certain way of representing yourself and your family and that’s not the right way.”