Gronk’s “booze-cruise” becomes issue in Romo lawsuit

AP

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s recent cruise has drawn plenty of attention. It’s also caught the eye of Tony Romo’s National Fantasy Football Convention.

PFT has obtained a copy of the second amended petition filed Monday in a Texas court, and it specifically mentions Gronkowski’s floating party on the high seas. Paragraph 47 states as follows:

“NFL player Rob Gronkowski hosted a party cruise from Miami to the Bahamas on February 19-22, 2016. The four-day party took place on Norwegian Cruise Line, where Gronkowski’s fans and attendees can take full advantage of Norweigan’s famed ‘Casinos at Sea.’ Photos from the booze-cruise show fans gambling at the on-board casino. The NFL specifically knew about the party cruise and its ties to gambling for more than seven months leading up to the event; yet the NFL took no action to either discipline Rob Gronkowski or prevent the event from taking place.”

The NFFC lawsuit claims that the NFL shut down the convention by forcing players and NFL Media employees who had committed to the event to cancel. A hearing on the NFL’s motion for summary judgment will be held on Monday. If the NFL fails to win at the summary-judgment phase, the case will head to trial, absent a settlement.

133 responses to “Gronk’s “booze-cruise” becomes issue in Romo lawsuit

  1. Romo snitching on Gronk isn’t gonna help Romo it’s only gonna stop players like Gronk from doing something similar in the future or at least be so public about it

  2. Not sure but as long as they gambled ar “sea” (yeah right) it falls under international domain, not US authority.

  3. Gronk is untouchable in the medias eyes “he just has fun” if u dont think drugs or other illegal stuff werent going on during that cruise, i got ocean front property to sell you in iowa.

  4. Did someone above just say the “league looks the other way with the Patriots”?

    LOL!

    Not only do they not NOT look they other way, they make up lies to frame the Pats, sell it to morons who believe Goodell, and punish severely for parity purposes.

  5. So Gronk is responsible for what other people do on a cruise ship in international waters, even though like 2/3 of the passengers didn’t even know the Gronk cruise was going on beforehand. K

  6. Romo should just schedule his next Fantasy Convention on the high seas. Problem solved.

    Romo needs to learn to be as smart as Gronk.

  7. Tony Romo is reaching. That’s like saying he saw Gronk and his fans buying lottery tickets and since lottery is a form of gambling, why should he have his fantasy football operations. There are different levels of gambling and I don’t think Rob and his party boat friends playing poker or cards on a boat reaches the level of the business enterprise Tony wants to run. And there is a huge difference between gambling and actually owning a gambling enterprise.

  8. Oh let it go Romo. League doesn’t care about betting with things that don’t involve football. When it does involve football they want to get their chunk if they cannot outright control it.

  9. I love Gronkowski. The dude is awesome. I love Romo too. Love the NFL and everything about it. Life is great! Who gives a flip about all this other garbage? Wake me up when it’s football season again.

  10. babygaga19
    Feb 23, 2016, 8:21 PM EST
    I wonder how good Gronk would be if he wasn’t a flaming alcoholic?

    Maybe he could be the best tight end in football…oh wait

  11. The best cruise video was when Gronk bounced Sergio Brown out the door of the club.

    But seriously folks, if you haven’t heard about Gronk’s work ethic and study habits you might be misunderstanding a big reason for his success. Plenty of physically talented athletes have bitten the dust in the NFL instead of excelling like Gronk. His achievements would indicate that he has his stuff together, is not getting by on talent alone, and is hardly an alcoholic as some cretin stated above. Compare and contrast to Squander Johnny, who needs serious help. NFL fans should be happy that there’s a Gronk to kick around in this era of outright criminals and Me First problem children.

  12. briang123 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 8:21 PM
    That’s because the NFL looks the other way at anything involving the Patriots.

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    The NFL sure has a funny way of showing NE favoritism.

  13. Could you imagine if this party was thrown by Manziel or Cam Newton…. The media and talking heads would self combust….. But since it’s Gronk, he’s just having fun no big deal

  14. leave Gronk alone! Can we please get back to the Peyton Manning scandal stories? We are updated pretty well on his sexual assault and academic fraud but I want more stories on the HGH and the coverup.

  15. Look like the Patriots get to do a lot of things other teams and players can’t do. When will it end???SMH

  16. Its a great lawsuit and just shows how petty and 2-faced the comish and the owners…… are what joke guys this aint the 1930 gambling fuels the massive interest and ratings…… dont act like the whole world doesnt know this and accept this. Embrace legal regulated sports books and watch the rates go even higher than you can imagine. Dont hide behind the shield boys come out into the light.

  17. Let’s make this simple:

    The NFL doesn’t care what something IS. They care what it looks like and whether or not the media picks it up.

    Ray Rice, case in point.

  18. RG: Everybody is to leave here immediately! This party is closed until further notice. Clear the room, at once!
    RG87: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
    RG: I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    Croupier: [hands RG money] Your winnings, sir.
    RG: Oh, thank you very much. Everybody out at once!

    RG
    RG87

  19. NFL: “Because Gronk is a lovable goof who has a ring. You’re the guy who broke up with Jessica Simpson on her birthday, and have a single playoff win on your resume. So, there ya go…”

  20. Bye Bye Goodell.

    Expect an investigation from the Feds.

    NY AG shut down the illegal gambling the NFL partnered with and now they’re trying to heckle Gronk on a cruise?

    Arrest, try and convict Goodell.

  21. Uh oh Commish, looks like yet another trip to the hypocrisy store! What a week. First stealing money from the players now picking and choosing who you allow to be around gambling…..outside of your fans and players during the London games.

  22. International waters defense? How funny is that? I didn’t realize Goodell was trying to arrest him. Why would the location of an infraction impede discipline, carried out by the NFL?

    Back to the drawing board.

  23. briang123 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 8:21 PM
    That’s because the NFL looks the other way at anything involving the Patriots.
    —————————————————————————-

    Yup. Because Gronk is Gronk, fans here in the comments are OK with it.
    If it had been Johnny, he’d be crucified as he always is whenever he does similar things such as partying harmlessly.

  24. The league is going to lose again.

    They really need to stay out of the players personal lives, forget about the booze and gambling and recreational drugs and domestic abuse and concentrate on the game.

    They should watch the PEDs, watch for crimes against the game, roll back the ridiculous rules they have been making and try to field the most talented teams possible.

    Let the courts handle the rest.

  25. From a legal view it seems clear that Romo and others relied to their
    detriment on the NFL’s earlier conduct. In addition now that the NFL
    has appeared to have acted arbitrarily and capriously Romo and company may be able,to to awarded their expectation damages in addition to their out of pockets spent when the league apparently
    approved the venture.
    This does go a little deeper. It appears the league is unable to reach
    decisions with consistently. Look at the inconsistency in many of their
    disciplinary efforts.
    Roger a word to the wise …give up the disciplinary oversight …it’s killing you. Delegate and empower. Allow arbitration. You have done
    a magnificent job on revenue. Why allow this to harm your legacy.
    ( I do have to comment ….your success was built on the obvious ….the union has no economic power…nonetheless you got it done)

  26. The NFL already took away his team’s first round pick.

    Granted, this would have been a more legitimate reason than whatever that other garbage was.

  27. The bottom line is it has nothing to do with “gambling,” per se, and EVERYTHING to do with the multi billion-dollar Fantasy Football industry, of which the NFL wants a piece of the pie. Had the cruise ship been full of meatheads, bros, and unsuspecting octogenarians doing mock fantasy drafts rather than playing $5 blackjack and shuffleboard, good old Rog would have been all over it. But, since it’s not Fantasy Football season and there’s no threat of missing out on the fantasy cash, the NFL doesn’t care.

    Personally, I don’t believe it’s in the league’s best interest to have players directly involved with Fantasy Football (as was the case with Romo). That said, it’s pretty hypocritical of them to take such a hardline stance when owners like Jones, Kraft, and others are investors in daily fantasy leagues (not to mention the never-ending advertising during NFL broadcasts).

  28. Florio didn’t explain clearly about the NFL policy which states that players and other NFL employees cannot partake in gambling events or locations that partake in gambling

  29. Romo naming Gronks recent cruise is just one of several exmples named in the lawsuit as means to show that the NFL employees a double standard on its own policy

  30. You hate us, cuz you ain’t us. I’m a Vikings fan and I’m saying this.

    So many people want to bash a guy because he can do what you can’t….get over it, or do something to be able to do cool stuff like the guy….or be quiet and sit there.

    Open up a business, make a big sale, or patent something cool.

    Jealousy doesn’t look good on anyone.

  31. By bringing Gronk into this, Romo is blatantly breaking Man Law. If you wanna fight Goodell, fight him on your own merits….don’t bring another man into your drama.

    Reminds me of when Kobe got caught cheating on his wife then said Shaq pays women hush money.

    That’s a bltch move if i’ve ever seen one. Where is the code amongst men?

  32. Romo wouldnt have had a good time on the cruise anyways. He probably would have choked at the buffet.

  33. You morons do know Romo has a law firm doing this, right?
    International waters don’t matter as it is the players conduct that is scrutinized, not any law.

  34. Face it Tony, Roger and the league have ALWAYS been “selective” (you know ARBITRARY, CAPRICIOUS and DISCRIMINATORY) in their applications of ANY AND ALL of the NFL’s “rules”. Oh and the wonder up there who made the comment about a child complaining. No, it’s called an ADULT SUING when ILLEGAL actions are taken. If ya don’t like the FACTS… CHANGE ‘EM! BUT, the league doesn’t have and never will, the RIGHT too enforce the rules OFF THE FIELD … only when it wants too!

  35. Much like every other patriot player, like Chandler Jones, Belicheat, Brady can break the rules. Goodell turns a blind eye to whatever happens with patriot players unless caught cheating by another team. In which he still finds a way to sweep it under the rug.

  36. babygaga19 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 8:21 PM
    I wonder how good Gronk would be if he wasn’t a flaming alcoholic?
    ——————–
    functioning*

  37. The NFL can’t make money on a cruise, but can make money on fantasy football. It came down on Romo because they don’t want to lose a nickel. It’s all about the INTEGRITY.

  38. Romo needs new lawyers because the ones he has are terrible. To compare casino games to an activity that is directly related to wagering on NFL games is ridiculous. They’re grasping at straws.

    That said, the Gronk cruise was originally planned to charter the entire ship but couldn’t sell the cabins so NCL opened it up for general passengers. Two thirds (1400) of the passengers on that ship weren’t there because of Gronk.

  39. just compare the names

    ‘National Fantasy Football Convention’

    ‘Gronk Party Ship’

    Fantasy Football vs. Party

    Nobody was going on the Gronk cruise to gamble……they were going for drinking and rubbing their junk against each other to the beat of wacka flocka flame

  40. Roger has yet to figure out how to monetize by sea……but be patient….the Full 32 will not let future dollars slip through the greedy fingers.
    “Jerrah….let’s jack up the beer rates to $18 a cup…..we’ll get ours!!”

  41. Some obvious things happened here.

    1. Gronk likes to party
    2. The NFL is inconsistent in its punishments and decision making
    3. No one is surprised by this story

  42. Funny what if Manziel acted like Gronk. It would be a national story. Tells you how you carry yourself most of the time and your attitude will be the perception about you.

  43. The slots and gambling enterprises are operated by Norweigian not Gronk. They are careful to not open the machines until international waters. This is a business they run with or without Gronk and their knowledge of how to do it exceeds both Gronk and Romo together. This is a company that operates on the high seas, they are very familiar with the laws of the high seas as well as all the countries they visit and they navigate them (no pun intended) with perfect expertise.

    Regarding the comments about Gronk being an alchoholic, Gronk drinks very little. He is actually very careful what he puts in his body not just with drink but foods he eats etc. He is not drunk in those party shots, that’s just how the guy is.

  44. holdsteady76 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:00 PM
    I don’t understand this.
    ———————
    Basically, Romo is saying that a US court should agree with him that the NFL’s stance is unfair in hamstringing his soft-gambling fantasy football party in the US because it even “allows” NFL players to organize hard-gambling casino cruises. But Romo is massively over-reaching because:
    a) Gronk’s party was completely unrelated to football whereas Romo’s has everything to do with the NFL.
    b) it was in international waters where US law doesn’t apply, or the Bahamas (where the Queen of England is head of state!) and the NFL couldn’t stop it if it wanted to.

  45. Sometimes people reach during lawsuits, this seems to be one of those. Romo’s going to need better arguments than this one unless he wants to be the one person who actually loses to the NFL in the legal system.

  46. Riiiight. They’re not gambling on NFL games and players, like “fantasy” league’s do. Romo needs some better freaking lawyers. A 2 year old could make a better argument than this.

  47. Wow, so many dense people and comments here.
    The lawsuit is simply using Gronk’s video that was released on the Internet (that doesn’t equate to Tony Romo “snitching”) that suggests the player was involved in a similar relationship that Tony Romo was wanting to host for Fantasy Football enthusiasts.
    It’s calling out the hypocrisy of the NFL for shutting down Romo’s convention but letting Gronk party it up and host what is essentially the same type of event.
    Furthermore, this isn’t Tony Romo, this is the lawyers representing Romo who are fighting against the NFL’s stranglehold.
    I highly suggest most of you do some research and look past your Gronk goggles and quit bashing what you don’t understand.
    Romo’s lawyers have a perfectly valid example to use against the NFL here, it would seem.

  48. >>>>I wonder how good Gronk would be if he wasn’t a flaming alcoholic?<<<<

    Probably still good enough to hold an extra point.

  49. streetyson says:
    Feb 24, 2016 8:29 AM

    Basically, Romo is saying that a US court should agree with him that the NFL’s stance is unfair in hamstringing his soft-gambling fantasy football party in the US because it even “allows” NFL players to organize hard-gambling casino cruises. But Romo is massively over-reaching because:
    a) Gronk’s party was completely unrelated to football whereas Romo’s has everything to do with the NFL.
    b) it was in international waters where US law doesn’t apply, or the Bahamas (where the Queen of England is head of state!) and the NFL couldn’t stop it if it wanted to.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Romo’s convention was not shut down because fantasy football is considered gambling. It was shut down because it was being hosted on property connected to a gambling enterprise, specifically the Sands Casino, even though it was a convention center where no gambling takes place. Fantasy football had not yet been labeled as gambling in state court cases at this point and it was still merely considered a “game of skill” that the NFL was making lots of money off of.

    Gronk’s cruise, which the NFL also clearly knew about in advance, was allowed to be hosted regardless of the fact that there WOULD be gambling on site.

    The inconsistency of the application of this rule has direct bearing on the court case and should most certainly be used against the NFL.

  50. realdealsteel says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:03 AM
    Why does Gronk get to go around drunk but when Manziel does it, it’s a federal offense?

    Well let’s see….

    Gronk does not miss team meetings.
    Gronk has not been forced to go to rehab.
    Gronk does not have a police record.
    Gronk does not hit girls.
    Gronk does not dress up and go to Vegas when he is supposed to report to a team Dr.
    Basically Gronk has never been in any off field trouble.

    The Gronk to Manziel comparison is lame.

  51. Big difference between playing some slots on a boat and directly gambling on the NFL via fantasy football.

    ————————————

    Big difference between posting on PFT and actually understanding issue you are posting about. Issue at hand had nothing to do with sacred fantasy football cash cow. Problem was event was hosted at a casino in Nevada where there is a legal sports book.

  52. Why does Gronk get to go around drunk but when Manziel does it, it’s a federal offense

    One is successful, established. The other, not.

  53. tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 8:25 PM

    Did someone above just say the “league looks the other way with the Patriots”?

    LOL!

    Not only do they not NOT look they other way, they make up lies to frame the Pats, sell it to morons who believe Goodell, and punish severely for parity purposes.
    ————————————
    Patriots will get their 1st Round Pick back guaranteed.. It was a sham for publicity=NFL!

  54. Al in MIA says:
    Feb 23, 2016 11:36 PM

    Florio didn’t explain clearly about the NFL policy which states that players and other NFL employees cannot partake in gambling events or locations that partake in gambling
    ===============

    Maybe you can enlighten us. I recall NFL players in casinos all the time. Just saying

  55. Did someone above just say the “league looks the other way with the Patriots”?

    LOL!
    =======================
    The deliberate burning of Spygate tapes and the proverbial slap on the wrist the Patriots were given for cheating comes to mind…..

  56. realdealsteel says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:03 AM

    Why does Gronk get to go around drunk but when Manziel does it, it’s a federal offense
    ______________________________
    I wasn’t on the cruise and I’m guessing you weren’t so we don’t know if Gronkowski was drunk or not. But, if you want to throw Manziel in the mix then all I can say is Gronkowski doesn’t beat up woman, doesn’t drive drunk, and as far as I know, he’s never been arrested, and he’s never been in rehab either as far as you or I know…

  57. bencoates57 says:Feb 23, 2016 8:20 PM

    Why don’t we just criminalize anything that stimulates the pleasure center in our brain.

    —–

    Well, except for Roger Goodell NFL where due to parity every team goes between 7-9 and 9-7 every year and each year there’s a different SB winner from a different major market in a totally random, not at all pre-planned rotation that is completely in line with the peerless integrity of the game.

  58. realdealsteel says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:03 AM
    Why does Gronk get to go around drunk but when Manziel does it, it’s a federal offense?

    Cant believe I have to point out the differences but here’s a couple: Have you ever heard of Gronk getting in any “Altercations”? Or driving while “partying”? Or using drugs?

    nope just partying while having a DD, nobody gets hurt. Seems like Johnny needs some serious help but yeah, totally the same thing.,,,,

  59. I call this, “Throwing everything against the wall to see if any of it sticks”, a common practice among lawyers in law suits.

    I love the fact that Gronk can have a booze cruise and it gets celebrated, the Vikings have one and it gets investigated.

    I guess that shows you the value of a Superbowl ring, something the Vikings know nothing about.

  60. There were more instances than this one that was brought up about the NFL looking away from certain “gambling” functions. This is just the one PFT put out so this thread would get a lot of Romo haters or Gronk haters or Cowboys/Patriots haters, to respond.

  61. Unlike Pay a ton, who shoves his scrotum and testicles in women’s faces while they beg him to stop, women willingly give themselves to Gronk.

  62. @realdealsteel

    “Why does Gronk get to go around drunk but when Manziel does it, it’s a federal offense?”

    because Gronk can handle it

    Gronk connects with fans better than any other person associated with the NFL…..especially females

  63. That’s because the NFL looks the other way at anything involving the Patriots.
    __________

    This statement is absolute, irrefutable proof that Patriots haters will LIE, LIE, and LIE some more and say anything no matter how outrageously false in order to express their Patriots hatred (which in reality, as we all know is JEALOUSY).

    God Almighty, the abject stupidity of morons like this clown is astounding.

  64. realdealsteel says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:03 AM
    Why does Gronk get to go around drunk but when Manziel does it, it’s a federal offense?

    ——————————————————

    Because Gronk doesn’t. He loves that scene and whoops it up. But what you are watching is not drunken behavior, that’s just how Gronk is. He is like that every day from when he gets up in the morning. Aside from that boisterous enthusiasm you see at parties he is like that toward his training (which includes being very picky about what he puts in himself, not a boozer at all) he is like that at the practice field (go to the Pats camps and watch) and you may have noticed (trust opposing defenses notice) that that’s how he is on the field. He is just always ‘up’, happy, and does everything flat out.

  65. billswillnevermove says:
    Feb 24, 2016 10:10 AM
    If this was a Bills player nhpats would say this Schmuck should be cut.

    ———————————————

    If this was a Bills player no one would care what he does.

  66. dejadoh says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:48 PM
    RG: Everybody is to leave here immediately! This party is closed until further notice. Clear the room, at once!
    RG87: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
    RG: I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    Croupier: [hands RG money] Your winnings, sir.
    RG: Oh, thank you very much. Everybody out at once!

    RG
    RG87…….

    now this is hilarious.. made my day!!

  67. I’m not a Romo fan, but I hope he takes the NFL to the cleaners. They’ve already been caught stealing at LEAST $100 million from players. They already steal from the taxpayers and pay cheerleaders far below minimum wage.

  68. Tired of this ‘double standard’ nonsense. First, we have all the ESPN clowns saying that if that were a black player doing the same thing that all hell would break loose ( a la Cam Newton). Even worse are the comparisons to Manziel. I am not even remotely a Pats fan by any measure, but Gronk confines his partying to when its time to party. He is young, healthy and wealthy, and he’s earned his party boat. What’s he supposed to do, hang out in church in the off season? He doesn’t show up at work drunk, he doesn’t have domestic violence issues (that I know of) and he doesn’t stage a Broadway review on the field every time he gets a first down. He dances at clubs for fun, not on the field to gloat. At least give him an opportunity to actually screw up before you pass judgement.

  69. I hate the pats like most maybe even more then most

    ______

    Being a Phin Fan, understandable.

    But try being a bigger person.

    Don’t hate.

    Appreciate.

    I love the Celtics. Doesn’t mean I hate LeBron James. And I don’t. Man’s a legend in his own time.

  70. jchipwood says:
    Feb 24, 2016 4:11 AM
    Much like every other patriot player, like Chandler Jones, Belicheat, Brady can break the rules. Goodell turns a blind eye to whatever happens with patriot players unless caught cheating by another team. In which he still finds a way to sweep it under the rug.

    ——————————————————–

    So your complaint is that Goodell has been finding ways to sweep deflategate under a rug? That’s quite some rug.

  71. bencoates57 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 8:20 PM
    Why don’t we just criminalize anything that stimulates the pleasure center in our brain.

    ———————————————-

    …..working on it

  72. You guys do realize that Tony Romo isn’t really involved in this, right? Tony is part of the investor group that hired lawyers to try to recuperate their lost investment. They believe the NFL acted too late, after they had known the details of the fantasy football event for a significant period of time, and caused the investor group to lose millions of dollars. The point of this lawsuit is to help recuperate most of the lost investment. Some of you seem to think Tony Romo is sitting in his basement creating a PowerPoint presentation about why Gronk is a meanie head. That’s not how it works. Love, Daddy.

  73. “bubbahotepp says:
    Feb 24, 2016 11:36 AM
    Tired of this ‘double standard’ nonsense. First, we have all the ESPN clowns saying that if that were a black player doing the same thing that all hell would break loose ( a la Cam Newton). Even worse are the comparisons to Manziel. I am not even remotely a Pats fan by any measure, but Gronk confines his partying to when its time to party. He is young, healthy and wealthy, and he’s earned his party boat. What’s he supposed to do, hang out in church in the off season? He doesn’t show up at work drunk, he doesn’t have domestic violence issues (that I know of) and he doesn’t stage a Broadway review on the field every time he gets a first down. He dances at clubs for fun, not on the field to gloat. At least give him an opportunity to actually screw up before you pass judgement.”

    I wish I could thumbs up this comment twice. If people can’t understand the difference, they should probably stop watching the NFL…or, at least stop commenting on this page.

  74. If it was manziel there would have been some kind of drama like a fight with a fan or him beating up a girl. Gronk isn’t a loser like manziel. He knows how to act. He just likes to party also.

  75. The problem here is the casino does not open on a cruise liner untill they hit international waters so the NFL has no say or power to do anything about it.

  76. It’s fair for Romo to expect fair application of the NFL rules, even if they don’t apply them to the catch rules.

  77. realdealsteel says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:03 AM
    Why does Gronk get to go around drunk but when Manziel does it, it’s a federal offense?
    =================
    Maybe because Manziel decided to do it during the regular season and skipped team meetings as a result?

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