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Rob Gronkowski cuts off Aaron Hernandez questions

Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski AP

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski doesn’t want to talk about former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. And if Gronkowski has to walk out of a TV interviewer to avoid talking about Hernandez, he’ll do it.

Dan Dahler of CBS News found that out when interviewing Gronkowski and his family, a family that includes three brothers in the NFL, one brother in college football and one brother who’s a former minor league baseball player. The interview was mostly about the family, but when Dahler began to ask a question about Hernandez, Gronkowski said he wouldn’t talk about it.

“Next question. I learned that from Drew Rosenhaus,” Gronkowski said.

Dahler started to ask another question about Hernandez, and Gronkowski repeated, “Next question.”

When Dahler then started to ask Gronkowski’s dad about Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski stood up and started to walk off.

Dahler pleaded, “Don’t walk off. I’ll change the subject.”

And with that, the subject of Aaron Hernandez was over.

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61 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski cuts off Aaron Hernandez questions”
  1. asimonetti88 says: Jul 17, 2013 5:39 PM

    Good for Gronk.

  2. green41563 says: Jul 17, 2013 5:39 PM

    Well, Hernandez would have murdered him for the question, so I think just walking off was pretty civil by comparison.

  3. elwaysagenius says: Jul 17, 2013 5:39 PM

    If they don’t address it, it helps make it so that it isn’t a distraction. One of the few good decisions Gronk makes during the offseason.

  4. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jul 17, 2013 5:39 PM

    “Yo soy innocente”

  5. baltimoremikeg says: Jul 17, 2013 5:40 PM

    Come on Gronk…let’s hear the dirt!

  6. citiciti says: Jul 17, 2013 5:40 PM

    Bravo!!

  7. steviemo says: Jul 17, 2013 5:40 PM

    I guess Hernandez is dead to him.

  8. kramer12 says: Jul 17, 2013 5:44 PM

    and that’s how it’s done

  9. jetslakersfan says: Jul 17, 2013 5:46 PM

    I hope he does this when all the Tebow questions come his way.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 17, 2013 5:47 PM

    What do you expect the Pats players to do?

    I guarantee when Belichick is back available to the press you’ll get a whole lot of “I won’t discuss players no longer on the team”. He’s going to drive you crazy and you can also bet that everybody on the team and around it has received extremely firm instructions not to discuss Hernandez.

  11. justinstuckrule says: Jul 17, 2013 5:56 PM

    Back in Jeremy Shockey’s heyday, the Giants had a great TE. The Giants would do anything now to get back Jake Ballard.

  12. mwatts1 says: Jul 17, 2013 5:58 PM

    He could have handled that better…. No big deal though.

  13. nicardoneil says: Jul 17, 2013 5:59 PM

    Rob Gronkowski, a man well trained in the Patriot Way.

  14. biggestredmiami says: Jul 17, 2013 6:01 PM

    As players of the same position, they were always in the same meeting room and everything. I’m sure he has some really interesting stuff to say or little stories, and I know all of us would personally love to hear Gronk’s side of things, but he did the right thing here. The more they talk about it, the more it’ll come up.

  15. tedmurph says: Jul 17, 2013 6:02 PM

    I know the reporter has to ask it, but Gronk is on a book selling tour. Good for him for threatening to walk when the reporter went after his father.

  16. jpizzle227 says: Jul 17, 2013 6:02 PM

    Look out, the Gronk is getting smarter !

  17. yinzer7 says: Jul 17, 2013 6:06 PM

    I cannot wait until these questions are directed toward Belichick in training camp. May want to make him answer questions about Tebow instead.

  18. ampats says: Jul 17, 2013 6:09 PM

    Just a sample of what the Patriots response will be in 10 days when they open camp. As far as Belichick talking about a player who is not on the roster, he will not even give an answer. The national media was taken to school during the Tebow press conference a month ago and expect more of the same next Friday.

  19. scandiman says: Jul 17, 2013 6:10 PM

    Nicely done! Don’t feed the sharks!

  20. bennyb82 says: Jul 17, 2013 6:13 PM

    I am surprised it only took 3 no answers for the reporter to give up. His boss will send him to a seminar on persistence.

  21. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 17, 2013 6:14 PM

    I was honestly nervous that when Gronkowski stood up he would break his hip.

  22. tarunksathish says: Jul 17, 2013 6:21 PM

    He did the right thing, good for him.

  23. firestarter0728 says: Jul 17, 2013 6:27 PM

    After the third time, he should have just smacked the guy.

  24. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Jul 17, 2013 6:47 PM

    Rob Gronkowski (or any other Patriot, for that matter) should NOT entertain ANY Hernandez-related questions because it is not his (their) job to entertain—except on the football field, of course. Indeed, the ONLY storylines “Gronk” should make are those to be made on the gridiron, preferably in the form of touchdowns. The New England Patriots would be wise to go “radio silent” on Hernandez given that he is no longer on the team, and therefore irrelevant. If, for whatever reason, the team elects to comment, then let the team spokesperson do the commenting.

  25. patriots123456 says: Jul 17, 2013 7:11 PM

    Kraft has already commented on Hernandez.

    I doubt anyone else from the organization will comment any further. That is their style.

  26. justintuckrule says: Jul 17, 2013 7:27 PM

    Antonio Pierce once blew an airhorn at reporters who asked those kinds of questions. Gronk’s thing should be to respond by shirtless dancing. That would be the funniest thing ever in the history of man.

  27. corvusmaximus says: Jul 17, 2013 7:40 PM

    “Aaron who?”

    Well played Mr. Gronkowski. Well played.

  28. FlashPatterson says: Jul 17, 2013 7:48 PM

    Good move, there is nothing he can say on the subject that will be to his benefit.

  29. kacapaco says: Jul 17, 2013 8:04 PM

    Good job Gronk. Whatever he said was going to be a headline.

  30. vgferenzi says: Jul 17, 2013 8:25 PM

    Who would have thought The Gronk was capable of making good decisions?

  31. Raddion says: Jul 17, 2013 8:27 PM

    Nice job Gronk. Good luck this season man!!!!

  32. iceburgskin202 says: Jul 17, 2013 8:45 PM

    Interviewing his family should be about HIS family! Lord knows they have enough subject matter. Thanksgiving football takes on a new meaning with the Gronks

  33. doggeatdogg says: Jul 17, 2013 9:01 PM

    Good for Gronk. Seems he has a brain after all. But think about it. Any accolades on AH from his former teammates might result in being called as character witnesses for the defense. Interestingly enough, a certain Dolphins and a Steelers player will be tagged for the task. Some NE players have said AH was a loner. They better say that because they could be called in as witnesses for the prosecution especially if any of them used ‘the flop house.’

  34. middy8484 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:06 PM

    Brink getting smarter. ……never

  35. citizenstrange says: Jul 17, 2013 9:10 PM

    “Go to the Slauson cut-off and cut off your slauson” — the late, great and legendary Johnny Carson

  36. droxxmusic says: Jul 17, 2013 9:36 PM

    If I had as many surgical procedures as Gronk did this offseason I don’t think I could walk off… He’s a beast.

  37. thefiesty1 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:59 PM

    He should have walked out after the first Hernandez question.

  38. wny49er says: Jul 17, 2013 10:03 PM

    I wonder how Gronk is going to react when they ask if he still wants to break Tebows cherry…

  39. 950003cups says: Jul 17, 2013 10:06 PM

    I like that Gronk did that.

  40. ravens4life says: Jul 17, 2013 10:09 PM

    Hate the patriots, but good for him

  41. swagger52 says: Jul 17, 2013 10:15 PM

    Coached by Bellichek to the Patriot Way…

    Just avoid the question you don’t want to answer until it all gets spun in an overly positive direction by the media.

    Too bad everybody in the NFL would be like that..then there would be no Patriot-biased interviewers.

  42. flyman779 says: Jul 17, 2013 10:59 PM

    Let’s all move from that story and really who cares about Hernandez anymore , he’s got no fantasy value . :)

  43. jdphx says: Jul 17, 2013 11:04 PM

    I’d like to see the League implement a gag order
    on this entire subject.

  44. natijim235 says: Jul 18, 2013 12:21 AM

    what a guy

  45. granadafan says: Jul 18, 2013 12:29 AM

    Me Gronk.

    Gronk play football.

    Gronk don’t talk Aaron.

  46. randomcommenter says: Jul 18, 2013 12:51 AM

    Great job Gronk. Yes, the media has to ask so the first question is fine. He said next question. OK, you try a follow up, you don;t want to be a pushover. That’s OK too. Gronk says next question.

    But when you try a third time, now you are just being a jerk and don’t deserve to have any more questions answered.

  47. sweetnlow44 says: Jul 18, 2013 12:59 AM

    More players should do this when reporters ask dumb questions in attempt to create unnecessary drama. Just walk out.

  48. softhelmet says: Jul 18, 2013 1:12 AM

    He should of asked if he had a “Free Hernandez” hat around the house.

  49. MTLighthouse69 says: Jul 18, 2013 4:34 AM

    IMO, Glasskowski isn’t intelligent enough to answer the question without putting his foot in his mouth.

    Yes, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered by the Patriots. The Patriots’ fans can wimp and whine all they want about how unfair it is, but that just goes to show how sadly misguided they are. They need to man up and develop a thicker skin.

    Belichik will have no choice but to answer questions. I am sure that there will be more media than just the sports media there to ask Bill questions. This isn’t just about the Patriots’ image, this is also about the image of the NFL. No one is going to look good if Belichik doesn’t stand up and candidly answer questions.

  50. patsfan13 says: Jul 18, 2013 5:54 AM

    I think Gronk is far more intelligent than people give him credit for. Just because he is young and likes to have fun doesn’t make him dumb. Speech patterns and cadence mean nothing.

  51. gsomatt says: Jul 18, 2013 6:18 AM

    Good for him.

    But when Manti Te’o refused to address questions he was painted in a different light by the media. hmmm….

  52. 315judman says: Jul 18, 2013 7:52 AM

    Who would have thought that Tebow would not be the biggest distraction for the Patriots this year? There are going to be many, many, many contentious pressers this year for that team.

  53. rollerino1 says: Jul 18, 2013 7:53 AM

    These questions aren’t going away…….ever. Write a canned statement about Hernandez, memorize it, and repeat it at nauseum. Move on with life.

  54. whatjusthapped says: Jul 18, 2013 7:53 AM

    Cheers for Gronk! The media is overbearing and thinks just because they can ask questions, there are no limits.

    If CBS News is going to act like a complete a$$hole, they should be treated like one

  55. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 18, 2013 8:15 AM

    “Gronk head” is all about himself and unless you want to discuss his silly book, he isn’t interested in talking.

  56. conormacleod says: Jul 18, 2013 8:25 AM

    The man not only was on the same as a murderer, but played the same position. Of course the reporter asked the question. And the question will continue to be asked until it is answered. You think other reporters will just give up? Hell no. Giving a short answer and moving on would generate less attention then threatening to walk out of an interview.

  57. b3nz0z says: Jul 18, 2013 8:52 AM

    that’s not just the patriot way. it should be common sense and decency to not talk to the press about people you know. especially if there’s a criminal investigation involved.

  58. nananatman says: Jul 18, 2013 11:43 AM

    Wow there must be a lot about Hernandez the public doesn’t know for ppl who usually try to cover up everything for each other to totally ostracize the guy without a conviction!

  59. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jul 18, 2013 2:12 PM

    How does one “walk out OF a TV interviewER” (sic)? Like the monster in the movie “Alien”?

  60. steelerben says: Jul 18, 2013 3:49 PM

    From here on out all questions asked to a Patriot about Hernandez should be answered, “Tim Tebow”.

  61. cmdrsmooth says: Jul 19, 2013 7:44 AM

    This team is a circus.

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