In addition to being known as the best tight end in the NFL, Rob Gronkowski also has earned the reputation of someone who’s usually smiling and likes to have a good time.
The New England Patriots tight end’s propensity to party has been on full display in the offseason with his recent party cruise, which featured a shirtless Gronk dancing his face off. And while that appears like something done in good fun, New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara and Houston Texans cornerback Charles James II wondered aloud whether or not there is a double standard at play with Gronk.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz agreed that there is double standard when it comes to Gronk versus other NFL players like Odell Beckham Jr. or Cam Newton, but he believes that’s because Gronkowski is so open about the way he lives his life.
“I mean Gronk is kind of labeled as that guy that likes to have fun and party and things like that,” Cruz told For The Win. “And you know that because he’s open about it and doesn’t hide it but if it was someone like Odell or Cam to do it, it would just be talked about a little bit more than when Gronk does it because you expect that from Gronk and you don’t expect that from Odell or Cam. So there’s just a double standard there due to their personalities and how they are.”
He added: “That’s just him and he’s branded himself that way. And that’s the way he is I don’t think it has anything to do with race. I think it’s more so Gronk being Gronk and doing what Gronk wants to do.”
And what Gronk wants is to party.
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