Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski came under fire this week for partaking in some dance floor hijinks that involved lifting another person with his broken left arm.
It’s the second straight year that Gronkowski has been the target of criticism for his party behavior. He was chastised for dancing shirtless on a sprained ankle after the Patriots lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl last year and a former member of the Patriots now thinks it’s time for someone to talk to Gronkowski about the way he conducts himself. Willie McGinest said that he would have stepped up to do it when he was on New England’s roster and explained the message that he feels Gronkowski needs to hear.
“This kid’s had a lot of success at an early age. He’s probably one of the best tight ends in the league. But he seems to be wired a little different. He did it at the party after they lost the Super Bowl to the Giants where it was kind of the same thing,” McGinest said, via the Boston Herald. “Certain people handle things differently. But the pile-driving, that wrestling move could have been dangerous to him … I don’t think he should be out doing wrestling moves. It doesn’t make sense especially if you’re in a cast still healing. He’s a vital part of that offense; they need him. They’re paying him a lot of money. He can’t put himself in certain situations where he can possibly hurt himself. He has to be careful. He has to be smarter than that.”
McGinest said he’s sure that someone from the team — he suggests Tom Brady — will address the issue with Gronkowski. We could see someone addressing the potential risk of aggravation to the injury, but this still feels like making a mountain out of a mole hill.
Gronkowski broke no laws, hurt no one and in no way impacted the Patriots’ chances of winning a championship in 2012 or any other year. Unless you’re going to start rebuking every member of the team for spending their free time doing anything other than focusing on football, Gronkowski’s behavior doesn’t seem to deserve such a response.