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Patriots push the brakes on the Summer of Gronk

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Ah, to be young and rich and Rob Gronkowski.

The Patriots tight end has enjoyed quite a run, with a new contract, an appearance on a reality dating show, a win in a celebrity home run derby and most recently, a tasteful nude cover of a magazine.

But according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, the Patriots have put an end to the fun.

Citing a league source, the report said Gronkowski “has been told by the team that his summer of Gronk, so to speak, is over.”

They can only hope this episode doesn’t end in a hospital room, with Gronkowski trying to learn to swing his arms.

It’s no surprise they want his head in the game with training camp just around the corner. But no matter how uptight an organization is, watching Gronkowski’s like a cartoon for adults, and part of the reason the league is as great as it is.

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15 Responses to “Patriots push the brakes on the Summer of Gronk”
  1. elohim7ks says: Jul 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    I agree with New England. This is big bussiness and camp is rolling around in a couple weeks’ , it’s time for Gronkowski to get his mind right and focus on what he’s getting paid all that money to do. After making such an investment, i’m sure the Kraft family, and Coach is not having it, this is the Patriots organization, if you get my meaning.

  2. ramdomhaus says: Jul 15, 2012 10:29 AM

    The Patriots are locked down. That’s the way you gotta do it, sadly. This is a business and you gotta tell your players to act like professionals and not celebrities.

  3. rg3enoughsaid says: Jul 15, 2012 10:36 AM

    Gronk doesnt get the start in week 1 for disciplinary reasons… calling it. Bill doesnt mess aroumd

  4. mrmorton10 says: Jul 15, 2012 10:39 AM

    And this is why the Patriots are SB contenders every year. Like any well run business they don’t put up with off-the- field nonsense during work hours.

  5. dvnelson72 says: Jul 15, 2012 11:04 AM

    With all the criminal scumbags that make news in the NFL, I find myself really liking Gronk.

    He’s young. He’s rich. He’s a stud on the field.

    Why shouldn’t he enjoy his time in the spotlight? He’s not “making it rain”, hitting women in clubs, getting stabbed by his wife, shooting people, getting shot, etc.

    I’m a dolphins fan, but I can still appreciate this guy’s style. Keep it up, Gronk. If I were you, I would be doing the same things.

  6. thetwilightsown says: Jul 15, 2012 11:05 AM

    Take a tip from BB, Gronk: keep it under wraps and you can pretty much do whatever you want.

  7. arlingtonassasin says: Jul 15, 2012 11:06 AM

    Oh what happened to all the Pats fans saying ” oh he’s just a young guy having fun, leave him alone”. Now the Pats have had enough of the Gronk Gong show and they’re all like ” good on the Pats for ending his fun” – Hypocrites.

  8. mikep1001 says: Jul 15, 2012 3:23 PM

    I don’t see why the Patriots are making such a big deal. Gronk is only following the lead of his owner.

  9. CKL says: Jul 15, 2012 4:48 PM

    rg3enoughsaid says:
    Jul 15, 2012 10:36 AM
    Gronk doesnt get the start in week 1 for disciplinary reasons… calling it. Bill doesnt mess aroumd
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    Oh I sure hope not. Gronk hasn’t done anything to warrant that. Maybe they aren’t concerned as much as to what he’s done so far, just that “recess is over” so to speak. He’s a young guy who just got a nice extension for good money. It would be pretty normal to get a little wrapped up in that I think. I don’t think he has a malicious/lazy bone in his body but he may not realize how much time this stuff can take away from study time etc when camp rolls around.

  10. bigdaddydooko says: Jul 15, 2012 5:13 PM

    If this was Chad Johnson, he would be crucified by the media.

  11. globe72 says: Jul 15, 2012 8:54 PM

    They would have loved Chad Johnson in New England bigddaddy. They got stuck with Chad Ochocino.

  12. ghengy says: Jul 15, 2012 10:31 PM

    Screw all the Pats haters. This was inevitable.

    Sorry Gronk, we love you man but it was time to reign it in a bit. Hope you had fun, now its time to go back to work and I know you will.

  13. turkish124 says: Jul 15, 2012 10:40 PM

    This isn’t something negative, they aren’t disciplining him, just telling him that vacation is over and it’s time to go back to work. And he will do it happily.

  14. patsfiend says: Jul 15, 2012 11:03 PM

    They know how to party in them there Zonie schools. No doubt.

  15. rc33 says: Jul 16, 2012 9:57 AM

    The stuff he does is by and large harmless. He’s an over-sized sports cartoon, kinda like Shaq twenty years ago.
    But it’s a good message for N.E. to send. He’s only 23 and his success and notoriety came quickly, so reign him in now and remind him of the business at hand. He has a chance to be as good as any TE we’ve ever seen.

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