In the latest incident that he probably thought would make for good ammunition for the next sizzle reel that will be used to market whatever TV show the family will be pitching, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski does his best Michael Scott impersonation by mocking an Asian fan wearing Gronkowski’s jersey, via TMZ.
Gronkowski, holding a microphone at a club where an apparent Gronks-being-Gronks event was happening, greeted the man who came dancing toward Gronkowski. After the fan exited, Gronkowski blurted out, “They told me he could only cook fried rice.”
Gronkowski later referred to the fan as “Leslie Chow,” the character played by Ken Jeong in the 27 Hangover movies.
Someone else immediately mentioned that folks in attendance agreed to sign waivers allowing their phones to be confiscated. Gronkowski then said, “We basically gave up on that.”
It’s unclear whether Gronkowki’s antics will broaden the current debate regarding racial issues sports. Eagles receiver Riley Cooper used the “N” word in anger at a Kenny Chesney concert. Dolphins guard Richie Incognito claims he used it in jest at teammate Jonathan Martin. Gronk uttered no slurs or epithets in his apparent attempt at humor, but he did make a knee-jerk retreat to obvious stereotypes.