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Minor league hockey owner to reimburse Rob Gronkowski’s spiking fine

Patriots' Gronkowski scores a touchdown in front of Chiefs' Lewis in their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

Rob Gronkowski was fined $7,500 earlier this month for spiking the ball too close to Jets defensive back Donald Strickland, but he’s going to wind up with the money back in his pocket.

The Patriots tight end will be given the same amount of money by the owner of the Worcester Sharks, a minor league hockey team in Worcester, Massachusetts. Michael A. Mudd told the Associated Press that he will give Gronkowski $7,500 and that Gronkowski will spike a ceremonial first puck before a Sharks game against the Providence Bruins in February.

“The Sharks are really excited that Gronkowski took us up on our offer,” Mudd said.

Gronkowski’s powerful spikes are becoming the stuff of legend, probably because he’s scoring touchdowns at a fantastic rate. His 20 touchdowns are the most ever by a tight end in his first two seasons and he’s scored five times in the last three weeks.

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40 Responses to “Minor league hockey owner to reimburse Rob Gronkowski’s spiking fine”
  1. allheat says: Nov 25, 2011 5:21 PM

    Stuff of legend? Really?

  2. marionbarber24isgod says: Nov 25, 2011 5:24 PM

    He’s good thats for sure. Maybe he will be as good as Jason Witten some day.

  3. ryan6 says: Nov 25, 2011 5:26 PM

    Josh Alper, your dumb.

  4. boltschick says: Nov 25, 2011 5:32 PM

    Gronk is flippin’ awesome!!

  5. bengalsown says: Nov 25, 2011 5:41 PM

    His powerful spikes are becoming legendary?

    Are you kidding me?

  6. backindasaddle says: Nov 25, 2011 5:46 PM

    marionbarber24isgod says:
    Nov 25, 2011 5:24 PM
    He’s good thats for sure. Maybe he will be as good as Jason Witten some day.
    ********************************************************************

    Love Jason Witten. Really good player…super work ethic…super competitor. But if Gronkowski enjoys good health, it’s just a matter of time before he blows right by Witten. The kid is talented in a big way. He has great hands and catches everything, he’s fast, he’s huge and tough, extremely difficult to bring down and is money in the clutch.

  7. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Nov 25, 2011 5:46 PM

    @marionbarber24isgod

    Might be time to change your screen name. Barber sucks. Jason Witten is soft. Gronkowski plays like a man. Witten plays like a little girl who thinks she is really popular.

  8. habsman says: Nov 25, 2011 5:47 PM

    @marionbarber,

    He already is. At 23 yrs old, he would be the first pick in a tight end only draft.

  9. charger383 says: Nov 25, 2011 5:49 PM

    Glad he got to make it back. That was a stupid fine

  10. kraigk1 says: Nov 25, 2011 5:51 PM

    So he’s giving about half of a minor leaguer’s salary to a rich football player. Real motivation there.

  11. ctattles says: Nov 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    this dude is way better tuan witten. bro.

  12. mancave001 says: Nov 25, 2011 6:03 PM

    I thought players couldn’t have others pay their fines?

  13. whyareyousomad says: Nov 25, 2011 6:04 PM

    Nnnooooooo!! Patriots are cheating on something!!!

  14. 6ball says: Nov 25, 2011 6:05 PM

    .

    A clear example of how Belichick the GM is absolutely killing the Patriots. Another wasted 2nd round pick rivaled only by the selection of Sebastian Vollmer in the previous year’s second.

    .

  15. buffalodiehard says: Nov 25, 2011 6:18 PM

    Good for the minor league hockey owner! I’m the same way. Step aside Sally Struthers! Whenever I decide to make a charitable donation I always choose the NFL superstar who was devastated by an unjust fine!

  16. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 25, 2011 6:27 PM

    Brilliant! Best advertising that hockey team ever had….

  17. crunchyclam says: Nov 25, 2011 6:58 PM

    Wow, with that $7500 Gronk can finally finance movies starring his ‘friend’ Bibi Jones.

  18. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 25, 2011 7:05 PM

    Dude’s an absolute hoss, but this charade strikes me as silly.

    Just pay the $7500 and make sure you are clear of opponents when you celebrate. As much as he scores, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to refine the practice.

    Is there a 23 year-old more on top of the world right now? I’m pretty sure every American male older than 30 has serious Gronk envy right now.

    And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: who the eff is Josh Alper? And who lets him write blog posts?

  19. nicnacbootysmack says: Nov 25, 2011 7:15 PM

    They aren’t paying his fine you idiots. They are paying him the same anount he was fined to come spike a puck.

  20. bigbeefyd says: Nov 25, 2011 7:17 PM

    In related news, Ndamukong Suh will be paid the equivalent of 3 games checks (which he is expected to lose due to a much-deserved suspension) for spiking a local high school football player prior to the state semi-final game.

  21. PCa Survivor says: Nov 25, 2011 7:55 PM

    ryan6 says: Nov 25, 2011 5:26 PM

    Josh Alper, your dumb.
    __________________________

    So ryan6 — if you’re going to call out others for being less intelligent than you are at least learn to spell. Fail.

  22. 700levelvet says: Nov 25, 2011 8:20 PM

    I wonder if the WWF, or whatever it’s called will pay Suh’s eventual fines, and he can show up at one of their pay per view rasslin matches?

  23. tedmurph says: Nov 25, 2011 8:20 PM

    How much to spike Bibi. Get the coach’s tape and you outsell KKardashian and PAnderson combined.

  24. pakasprz says: Nov 25, 2011 8:32 PM

    It’s pretty ironic that someone originally from Buffalo, NY (Williamsville, NY to be exact) is succeeding on the division rivals of the Bills. Just another cruel twist of fate for Buffalo Bills fans. Ah well good for Rob and hopefully he breaks the record here in Buffalo.

  25. majvsb says: Nov 25, 2011 9:02 PM

    To be as good as Jason Witten, that would mean Gronk would havto drop down a few levels

  26. jcusa514 says: Nov 25, 2011 9:58 PM

    whenever a player gets fined by the league, 100% of that money goes to a charitable fund. $7,500 is chump change for this meathead. the fact that he is allowing a millionaire pay his fine is disgusting. rob, be a man and pay that yourself.

  27. straightbiznesses says: Nov 25, 2011 10:05 PM

    If Aaron Hernandez fixes his dropping issues he’d be way better in the passing game than Gronk. Bold, I know. He misses 2 games and Brady ignores him the rest of the season, that whole offense is tailored to Brady’s mood. Gronk is so good at blocking his jobs will always be secure.

  28. pesh00 says: Nov 25, 2011 10:23 PM

    Wow. For those of you wanting to diss Witten, please look at his stats and try again. No One is saying this kid isn’t good and may eventually be great but seriously do yourself a favor and look at what Witten has done in his career. He very well could end up being #2 over Sharpe and may even catch GOnzalez

  29. jt2216 says: Nov 25, 2011 10:32 PM

    more contact with his noggin and the turf and he’ll have the mental function of hines ward in no time

  30. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 26, 2011 12:28 AM

    backindasaddle says:

    marionbarber24isgod says: He’s good thats for sure. Maybe he will be as good as Jason Witten some day.
    ********************
    Love Jason Witten. Really good player…super work ethic…super competitor. But if Gronkowski enjoys good health, it’s just a matter of time before he blows right by Witten. The kid is talented in a big way. He has great hands and catches everything, he’s fast, he’s huge and tough, extremely difficult to bring down and is money in the clutch.
    ———————
    No, it’s only cause he has Brady.

  31. buffalodiehard says: Nov 26, 2011 12:43 AM

    nicnacbootysmack says:
    Nov 25, 2011 7:15 PM
    They aren’t paying his fine you idiots. They are paying him the same anount he was fined to come spike a puck.

    Oh OK, cuz there’s a difference between that and paying the fine for him.

    Gotcha, homer.

  32. elmoron says: Nov 26, 2011 1:03 AM

    And the Pats will secretly film the puck ceremony and that hockey team will never see the playoffs again.

  33. conjecture101 says: Nov 26, 2011 1:17 AM

    this hockey owner doesn’t have a more useful way to spend $7,500?

    sidenote: Witten doesn’t bring career numbers with him on the field, so they do him no good in 2011. Gronkowski is a much better player.

  34. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Nov 26, 2011 2:01 AM

    The stuff of legend? I wasn’t aware Rob Gronkowski invented spiking the football. He must be some kind of time traveling warlock.

  35. hotpappyjohnson says: Nov 26, 2011 2:16 AM

    oh i heard brazzers paid that fine

  36. JL says: Nov 26, 2011 2:37 AM

    PCa Survivor says:
    Nov 25, 2011 7:55 PM
    ryan6 says: Nov 25, 2011 5:26 PM

    Josh Alper, your dumb.
    __________________________

    So ryan6 — if you’re going to call out others for being less intelligent than you are at least learn to spell. Fail.

    —————————
    Wouldnt choosing the incorrect “your” be a grammatical error? He didn’t misspell “your”, he just chose poorly (he did have a 33 percent chance)

  37. norcalirish says: Nov 26, 2011 6:33 AM

    SHARKS!

  38. patriotera says: Nov 26, 2011 7:34 AM

    It’s a paid apperance. It’s a wicked Pissa that he got fined when in the 1st place. By the way.. it’s pronounced WOO-STAH, not WAR-CHES-TAH

  39. ruckthefaiders says: Nov 26, 2011 7:54 AM

    Oh my little peshoo… Witten is already #2 just because of the team he plays for..

  40. patriotsrwinners says: Nov 26, 2011 2:02 PM

    gronk is on his rookie contract of 425k per year deduct 50 % for taxes and deduct agent fees , hes not making millions of dollars , so $7500 is a lot of money to him , so i dont blame him for doing this promo event

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