Fans Should Believe Rob Gronkowski's Won't 'Put Myself in Jeopardy' Comments

By Andrew Fisher
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski‘s behavior is always a source of controversy throughout the NFL, and especially with fans of the New England Patriots. After seeing videos of (a likely intoxicated) Gronkowski horsing around at night clubs over the past couple of years, Patriots’ fans have grown concerned with the talented tight end. This was the case even more so, when the most recent video showed him performing a wrestling move with a bum arm. The same arm of course, that knocked him out of the AFC championship game.

Gronk paid a visit to ‘First Take’ on Wednesday to address concerns that he’s putting himself at risk with immature behavior off the field.

“They’re looking out for and they’re big fans of the Patriots and they just want to see the team do well. I totally understand where the fans are coming (from), where they don’t want (me) to put myself in jeopardy of getting hurt. I totally understand that. I would never do that, put myself in jeopardy.”

I might be in the minority, but I believe Gronk. I truly don’t think he would put himself in a situation that could seriously jeopardize his career. Yeah, performing wrestling moves with a busted arm is not a smart, but I don’t think he put himself at serious risk of further injury.

We just happen to live in a world where everyone has a video camera and social media at their finger tips. Ten or fifteen years ago, people probably wouldn’t even have the slightest inclination that Gronk likes to party. But, a few people have snapped videos, and now he’s viewed as a party boy.

Even if he is a true party boy, it still doesn’t mean he’d put that before football. After hearing his comments on this whole thing, it’s clear to me that playing football is his top priority.

Don’t ridicule the guy for having a good time when he’s away from game. Gronkowski is a football player first, he understands that, and fans should stop worrying about his supposed ‘bad habits’ off the field. Let the man have some fun, and until he isn’t getting it done on the field, leave him alone.


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