While Gronkowski has yet to find a party where he wouldn't take his shirt off, the Patriots seem ready to reel him in some to ensure that he doesn't do something too embarrassing to the team. Gronkowski's latest comments, however, are likely something that the team can be proud of.
The All-Pro tight end was approached on the red carpet at the ESPYs last week by OutSports.com. The website, which the writer sold to Gronkowski as "ESPN for homos," asked Gronkowski about the prospect of playing with a gay teammate.
According to the OutSports article, Gronkowski was initially apprehensive about answering any questions, not necessarily because he felt uncomfortable with the subject, rather he wanted to make sure he didn't say anything offensive.
Gronkowski initially declined comment, but then relented, willing to answer two questions. According to the report, the first question was about whether or not Gronkowski had ever played with a gay teammate. He told the website that he didn't know.
The next question, about what Gronkowski would think about playing alongside a gay teammate, was much more insightful.
"If that's how they are, that's how they are," Gronkowski told the website. "I mean, we're teammates, so as long as he's being a good teammate and being respectful and everything, that's cool."
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