Patriots had no opposition to Gronk’s wrestling cameo

AP

As the saying goes, it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. It’s still smart in certain cases to get permission.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski obtained permission from the team before climbing into the ring, assuming a three-point stance, and blasting a fake-sport participants with a very real shoulder blow at WrestleMania 33.

Specifically, the situation was discussed with the team in advance, and the team did not object.

The Patriots have declined to comment on the matter.

Gronkowski was wise to seek permission, given the plain language of the standard player contract. Per paragraph 3, titled “Other Activities”: “Without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury. Player represents that he has special, exceptional and unique knowledge, skill, ability, and experience as a football player, the loss of which cannot be estimated with any certainty and cannot be fairly or adequately compensated by damages. Player therefore agrees that Club will have the right, in addition to any other right which Club may possess, to enjoin Player by appropriate proceedings from playing football or engaging in football-related activities other than for Club or from engaging in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

In English, this means that the team has the power to go to court to block a player from engaging in activities that “may involve a significant risk of personal injury.” The Titans did just that a decade ago, after then-suspended cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones wanted to become a pro wrestler in his spare time.

The Titans initially obtained a temporary restraining order, and the case was resolved when Jones agreed he wouldn’t engage in any actual wrestling activities.

It’s a bit surprising that the Patriots would agree to allow Gronkowski to engage in any physical activity, especially since his season was derailed prematurely by back surgery. They apparently did.

Even if they hadn’t, it’s hard to imagine that the Patriots would have filed a lawsuit or otherwise sparked a public fight over the situation. He continues to be an important part of the team, and teams tend to tolerate a little bit more from those kinds of players.

75 responses to “Patriots had no opposition to Gronk’s wrestling cameo

  1. It’s 100% fake so why would they have an issue with it?

    I can’t understand how fake wresting is a thing in this day and age? I just don’t get it?

  2. Kronk went to the team, discussed what was asked of him with the team. The team gave him permission. He went to Orlando, performed. End of story. WHAT IS THERE FOR THE TEAM TO COMMENT ON?

  3. I’m sure if he’d wanted to do anything major in the ring, NE would object. But what he did last night? Running on a treadmill is probably a bigger injury risk.

  4. “Fake-sports participant”

    I remember the last time some snooty mainstream media type tried saying that to a wrestlers face and cameras were rolling. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if someone decided to pull a David Schultz on Florio.

    Yes I know its pre-determined. No that doesn’t mean you need to demean the profession, especially since the pain inflicted and sacrifices made on and by the men and women of wrestling are very real.

  5. no denying the $$$ that’s generated, but the appeal of “wras’ling” is lost on me.

    Choreographed slam-dancing in Speedos. Gronk had a better chance of getting hurt on his sponsored cruise.

  6. Gronk’s chaos/overgrown frat boy brand is a great shtick for him. He knows what he’s doing and is printing money while laughing all the way to the bank. But don’t lose sight of the fact that every appearance and introduction include the words ‘New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski’ because you can be sure the Pats haven’t. Gronk makes money thanks to the heightened visibility of being on a perennial SB contender and catching balls from the GOAT in a TE friendly offense, it makes his contract value considerably more palatable. After all if he played for teh Bills he would still be Rob Gronkowski but he probably wouldn’t be The Gronk and it’s the latter that’s the one making money. That it also heightens the Pats brand is not lost on them.

  7. It’s 100% fake so why would they have an issue with it?

    I can’t understand how fake wresting is a thing in this day and age? I just don’t get it?
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    Wrestling is fake?? No way!

    It’s hilarious that people think because it’s a staged show that what they do isn’t very dangerous and quite painful. Let a 300 lbs man slam you to the mat 40+ times a week and tell me how fake it is.

  8. It’s 100% fake so why would they have an issue with it?

    I can’t understand how fake wresting is a thing in this day and age? I just don’t get it?

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    I am not a wrestling fan, I was when I was a kid. But, yes it is fake. So are movies and TV shows. It’s entertainment.

  9. factschecker says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:35 AM
    It’s 100% fake so why would they have an issue with it?

    I can’t understand how fake wresting is a thing in this day and age? I just don’t get it?

    Hate to break it to you buddy but your favourite films and tv shows aren’t actually real :/ they’re actors participating in 100% fake reality often on a set in front of a green screen. I have no idea how it’s a think in this day and age, I just don’t get it. Real stuff only!!!

  10. But do the Pats have a problem.with Gronk’s constant high alochol intoxication? Not a good look for a pro athlete that requires max athletic performance.

  11. ““Fake-sports participant”

    I remember the last time some snooty mainstream media type tried saying that to a wrestlers face and cameras were rolling. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if someone decided to pull a David Schultz on Florio.

    Yes I know its pre-determined. No that doesn’t mean you need to demean the profession, especially since the pain inflicted and sacrifices made on and by the men and women of wrestling are very real.”

    The pain is real, but the sport is fake. It’s no different than watching a soap opera that stars actors that do their own stunts.

  12. Why would they object? On draft day, they’re trading him for a first round pick that they’ll use to draft Njoku. In fact, his Wrestlemania appearance was used by NE as further evidence (he’s gotten a clean bill of health from the docs) that he’s healthy and ready to play next year.

  13. When Gronk tries a Hell in a Cell dive off a cage THEN you can wake me up.

    Otherwise this is a non-issue, and the team was right not to take issue with it.

  14. Pats players have been showing personality and management doesn’t seem to have a problem with it.
    Refreshing in this age of the no fun league.

  15. idiedpretty says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:47 AM
    But do the Pats have a problem.with Gronk’s constant high alochol intoxication? Not a good look for a pro athlete that requires max athletic performance.
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    LOL – you mean the fake chugging – with Lite beers – for the cameras?

  16. One thing i do appreciate about Florio vs most other media types is that he’s as transparent as a windshield as opposed to the other who try and hide their agenda in convoluted strawman gobbledygook

  17. Yet another example of the blurred lines between the WWF (or whatever it’s called) and the NFL.
    By 2020, there will be a new league: the WWNFL.

  18. Love the tired and ignorant “fake” label attached to wrestling. Everything in entertainment is “fake”. The Walking Dead is fake. “Rick Grimes” isn’t really killing zombies. Movies are fake. Robert Downey Jr. is not really flying around in an iron suit fighting aliens to save planet earth. Wrestling is basically live theater. A physical drama with no second takes. What the performers do in that industry requires a lot of skill and talent.

  19. factschecker says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:35 AM
    It’s 100% fake so why would they have an issue with it?

    I can’t understand how fake wresting is a thing in this day and age? I just don’t get it?

    ___________________________

    Lmao thanks for clearing up that it’s fake. The issue that event a fake event can cause real injury. If you can’t understand how someone could get injured in the WWE I doubt you would understand why some people find it entertaining.

  20. factschecker says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:35 AM
    It’s 100% fake so why would they have an issue with it?

    I can’t understand how fake wresting is a thing in this day and age? I just don’t get it?
    =========================================

    The Undertaker threw Mankind off the top of a steel cage on to a table from 20 feet up. The action was fake, but the danger in the fall was very real. Later, they fell through the top of the cage onto the mat from about 15 feet. One of the wrestlers tooth was smashed up into his nose. He also had a separated shoulder.

    Everyone knows it’s fake, but the action and body slamming are real.

  21. “But do the Pats have a problem.with Gronk’s constant high alochol intoxication? Not a good look for a pro athlete that requires max athletic performance.”

    Not sure how drinking in the offseason effects his performance months later.

    SMH

  22. Gronk has a zest for life, but the Patriots do not have dumb WRs and TEs. The complicated playcalling and route trees do not permit it. Right, Reggie Wayne?

  23. The video was hilarious. Gronk sold it well. I can see him being the next Rock in films. He has the looks, physique and public appeal. Huge money awaits him down the road!

    BTW, for all of you that think Gronk is a dumb jock, he is seriously a very bright guy! Do not underestimate him or you will lose.

  24. lol to all the clowns comparing wwe to REAL entertainment. yes tv are made up too but they have actual plot and depth unlike wwe… but by all means get drunk and watch men fall on each other in tight to no clothes… Ya no thanks. clowns the whole lot of you. now wonder most ppl thought deflategate was real around here you clowns love fake everything

  25. weepingjebus says:
    Apr 3, 2017 12:13 PM
    Gronk has a zest for life, but the Patriots do not have dumb WRs and TEs. The complicated playcalling and route trees do not permit it. Right, Reggie Wayne?

    Dude, really? Two steps forward, and here’s the hard part, turn right/left. Tommy two step throws. The hardest part of the offense is knowing who to pick.

  26. Let’s be realistic, you can’t wrap these guys in bubble wrap during the offseason, and Gronk is probably more likely to accidentally hurt himself while partying than what he did at Wrestlemania.

  27. “Yes, it’s scripted but it’s still very dangerous and quite painful.”

    Being dangerous and painful doesn’t make something a sport.

    Professional wrestling is most definitely a “fake sport.”

  28. denverscott says:
    Apr 3, 2017 12:28 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Apr 3, 2017 12:13 PM
    Gronk has a zest for life, but the Patriots do not have dumb WRs and TEs. The complicated playcalling and route trees do not permit it. Right, Reggie Wayne?

    Dude, really? Two steps forward, and here’s the hard part, turn right/left. Tommy two step throws. The hardest part of the offense is knowing who to pick.

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    I love football fans who know nothing about football…

  29. His “very real shoulder blow” was less risky for him than walking stairs. Let’s settle down with the injury concerns huh?

  30. factschecker says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:35 AM
    It’s 100% fake so why would they have an issue with it?
    I can’t understand how fake wresting is a thing in this day and age? I just don’t get it?

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    What does it matter what day and age it is? We read fiction novels and watch plays and movies. It’s just entertainment. No different.

  31. factschecker says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:35 AM

    It’s 100% fake so why would they have an issue with it?

    I can’t understand how fake wresting is a thing in this day and age? I just don’t get it?

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    appreciate it for what it is: showmanship and stunt work.

    I’m not a fan but I respect the work these guys do.

  32. Ask the hundreds of people that have broken their neck in the ring how “fake” it is, among many other injuries like ACL tears, broken limbs and concussions.

    Sure it may not be intentional, but there is still a risk, when you step into any athletic environment.

    Brock Lesnars shooting star press is one of the best clips out there.

  33. To the guy above who said “it’s still a fake sport”, no one, not even pro-wrestling tries to claim they are a sport. The WWE has come out right and said it’s just entertainment on thousands of occassions, including in court so that they didn’t get taxed like a real sporting event.

    To those saying they can’t understand how in this day & age it’s “still a thing”, it’s b/c like others have said, literally every show on TV today is fake. Even “reality tv”.

    The WWE pulled in 75,000 attendees to Wrestlemania last night in Orlando. That’s 3,000 more people than the last Superbowl.

  34. As a wrestling fan, I take it personal when I read or hear people say fake wrestling because it’s not fake.

    yes the results are predetermined, yes the performers need to take care of each other in the ring, but ask Stone Cold Steve Austin who broke his neck in a ring how fake wrestling is.

    I get it a lot of people hate wrestling or don’t care for it, but don’t knock a profession you don’t understand.

  35. stucats says:
    Apr 3, 2017 1:41 PM
    I am getting tired of hearing about this meat head, too bad he didn’t get his knee blown out or re-injure his back.
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    Ya, what a maroon, a dummy, a real rockhead this Gronk guy is. Silly guy hadn’t spent one dime of the $16.3 million he had earned as of June 2015. I’m sure this stucats guy has saved much more than that meathead Gronk. Thanks stucats, Gronk need financial help………………..(sarcasm stu, sarcasm)

  36. I can see Bill saying, “Sure Rob, go ahead and do the wrestling. I just don’t want to hear about all the time off you need in camp this year from you or your family”

  37. stucats says:
    Apr 3, 2017 1:41 PM
    I am getting tired of hearing about this meat head, too bad he didn’t get his knee blown out or re-injure his back.
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    You the guy that beat up Santa in Philly? WTF dude, relax.

  38. I am getting tired of hearing about this meat head, too bad he didn’t get his knee blown out or re-injure his back.

    ***

    Stay classy philly.

  39. redclaw1314 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 10:54 AM
    Pats players have been showing personality and management doesn’t seem to have a problem with it.
    Refreshing in this age of the no fun league.

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    The Patriots never had a problem with a player having personality. The requirement is that they have dedication and respect. We have seen players that don’t maintain respect and the action is quick. They can find themselves traded for a bag of chips in no time.

    Gronk totally has dedication and respect. His work ethic is crazy.

  40. Obviously not. If belichick had a problem, gronk never would have done it. Nothing is left ambiguous with that team, everyone gets the memo loud and clear.

  41. I took my kids to Wrestlemania and it was a huge amount of fun..

    What surprised me, was that when he was intitially put on camera, Gronk was booed rather loudly…

  42. im not a gan of wrestling but its not fake its scripted. have u ever been slammed on a ring. it hurts. injuries are real. have u ever had a guy gronks size shoulder check u.. it hurts

  43. Not only has gronk’s stock portfolio outperformed our current hair-weave and his hair-gel sons- based on the wrestlemania performances it’s clear who is more entertaining.

    GRONK 2020…. He doesn’t know the issues but at least he can admit it.

    STRENGTHS: Can learn a playbook while running a mile… up a hill… carrying a model… while answering detailed questions from the greatest coach and qb in present day.

    WEAKNESSES: Polite. Prefers to actually throw people off the field than waste time ya-yap-yaping about them on twitter.

    CONCLUSION

    Melania will watch every night in a place that Trumpy has contractually paid for.

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