Rob Gronkowski: Maybe President Obama ‘Was Wasted From His Deflate Joke’

The New England Patriots stayed sober for their trip to the White House on Thursday, but tight end Rob Gronkowski joked that President Barack Obama might have had a couple before he took the podium.

Obama welcomed the Super Bowl XLIX champion Patriots and threw in a DeflateGate joke during his planned remarks. Gronkowski, who was the butt of another Obama joke, jokingly disapproved of Obama’s mention of deflation.

“There was no drinking,” Gronkowski told the media at the White House, via “Maybe the president was wasted from his deflate joke. We’re still waiting as an organization about that.”

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman “looked at the ground and slowly shook his head” in response to Gronkowski’s joke, according to’s Tom Curran.

Thumbnail photo via Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

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