I have a new favorite “character” in the NFL cult of personalities, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. I joined “Gronk Nation” when he tweeted supermodel Kate Upton a shirtless picture of himself with a large phallic symbol.
And during the bye week, Gronks reportedly went back to Arizona (where he did his college football) to have some fun; some of it with porn star Bibi Jones. Some photos caused a stir, even though Jones claimed nothing happened. So Today, Gronkowski apologized to Pats owner Robert Kraft.
In a widely circulated quote (ESPN Boston)
“I didn’t send anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of Robert Kraft,” said Gronkowski. “That’s all, just a simple picture, that’s all. From here on out, I’m just here to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the big game this weekend.” Pressed on the matter, Gronkowski tried to steer the conversation toward the Steelers. Asked if he had any regrets about the incident, Gronkowski reiterated his sentiment on the matter. “[I was] not intending to hurt anyone or ruin the reputation of the New England Patriots in any way. [It’s a] good organization here… I can’t wait to get out to practice and focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s all I’m worried about, it’s all I care about.”
My thoughts on the matter are best summated by Barstool Sports. I co-sign this statement!:
“Rob Gronkowski doesn’t hide who he is. Never has. Hopefully he never will. He is a breath of fresh air. Somebody who does all the things you’d do if you were an NFL player. Living large. Enjoying life. Trying to get laid. What is wrong with that? That picture of him with the Bibi Jones? Funny. Him tweeting Kate Upton pictures of him holding phallic symbols? Funny. Him going ham at frat parties grinding on girls? Funny…Bottomline is I love Gronk because he has no agenda. He is the exact opposite of most pro athletes nowadays who would rather die than let you see how they live. I’d rather root for guys like Gronk than anybody else. Somebody who seems to appreciate where he is, genuinely enjoys life, seems like he’d play football for free, doesn’t look at fans as a nuisance and you could see yourself slugging beers with and chasing gash.”
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