Gronk’s casino bar tab could be of interest to the NFL

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Gronk being Gronk is always good for a laugh or two, but if Gronk being Gronk at a casino nightclub with $100,000 in booze bought and paid for by the casino as some sort of a premeditated organic marketing effort, that could be an issue.

Consider this line from the TMZ article: “It’s unclear who footed the bill (most likely the casino).” Casinos typically only give away free booze, food, and lodging to people who will be playing (i.e., losing big money at) casino games. If this was a prearranged “hey Gronk come hang out and bring you friends and the booze is on us and we’re going to pay for all of it,” the situation dances very close to the line regarding the things players can’t do when it comes to casinos.

Indeed, this item from TheBigLead.com suggests that Gronkowski didn’t peel off 1,000 Ben Franklins for the privilege for buying enough booze to wash down loaves and fishes for 5,000.

In past years, that may have been a bigger deal. Now that the NFL has given the Raiders the green light to eventually move to Las Vegas, it will be very difficult for the league to pick fights with players on topics that seem to be hypocritical.

Regardless of whether Gronkowski ever has to answer any pointed questions about who paid for the booze and whether Gronkowski also received an appearance fee or similar compensation, the casino in question has gotten plenty of publicity as a result of Gronkowski’s decision to party there. If the publicity wasn’t free, the NFL may at least consider whether to generate some bad P.R. for itself by stubbornly applying to players a rule that the league necessarily is violating at least in spirit by legitimizing the gambling capital of the world.

56 responses to “Gronk’s casino bar tab could be of interest to the NFL

  1. We now live in a society where everybody needs to tell you what to do. They need to tell you where to be, what to eat, what you need to believe in, and what is right for yourself.

    Total joke.

  2. Jerry Jones has spent more than this in a suburban mall bathroom on a Tuesday afternoon….

  3. Sorry NE>your team. We’ve always lived in that world. It’s called laws. And you’re only defending it cuz it’s Gronk and he gets away with things that others don’t. If that was “name any player you want that’s not on NE” you’d be screaming at how unfair this league is…

  4. The thing that bothers me about Gronk’s lifestyle… all the partying and boozing take a lot out of a guy, especially over time. I can’t help but think his partying is going to cut short a career that could have been even more amazing than it’s already been.

    I know how hard it is to live like a monk, having tried it myself, but, darn, if I’d been lucky enough to make it to the NFL, I’d put the booze in the closet for ten years and focus 100% on being the best ever in my position.

    It kills me to see the uniquely talented players make decisions that don’t contribute to pure greatness.

  5. Suspending Gronk for 12 weeks would only help the Patriots. That would mean he would be healthy for the playoffs and Super Bowl.

  6. patriots87 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 10:36 AM
    I think they should suspend him for 12 weeks

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    A knowledgeable Pats fan will see the wisdom in your post. Any pats fan that gives you the thumbs down will have to be thrown off the wagon.

  7. Suspend him for the season.
    And dock the Patriots a first round pick.
    Er, better make it 2 first round picks, because they are repeat offenders.

  8. Absolutely nothing will come of this and nothing should. In a league that allows guys like Mixon in, they need to leave people like Gronk alone. Nothing he did impacts poorly on the integrity of the NFL.

  9. “And you’re only defending it cuz it’s Gronk and he gets away with things that others don’t.”

    Exactly what does Gronk “get away with” that others don’t?

    He’s not been arrested. He’s not assaulted women. He doesn’t party during the season. He’s saved the vast bulk f his NFL money and lived off endorsement money.

    So he cut loose early in the 6 week break between minicamp and training camp for 1 night, so what?

    As has been pointed out there is no sports betting at the CT casinos. There’s no rules violation here. Only something for those who are professionally offended by everything around them to get upset about.

  10. ctiggs says:
    Jun 20, 2017 10:46 AM

    He will be broke in a few years isn’t that right guys? or is it just for black athletes.
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    I assume you are kidding, but just in case, why would someone go broke from having someone else pay for their bills? Also, Gronk has said that he lives off of money earned from promotions/marketing and has not spent any of the money earned from playing football.

  11. ctiggs says:
    Jun 20, 2017 10:46 AM

    He will be broke in a few years isn’t that right guys? or is it just for black athletes.
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    Would you like some cheese with your whine sir?

  12. He’s not been arrested. He’s not assaulted women. He doesn’t party during the season. He’s saved the vast bulk f his NFL money and lived off endorsement money.

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    If you added donated millions to charity, You are talking about Colin Kaepernick

  13. Some of the comments here remind me of what’s going on in Virginia and how they’re dealing with the si-called opioid crisis. Longstanding pain sufferers woke up on the morning of May 8 and discovered they need to have a urine screen at local Quest Dx for every painkiller script. I read the legislation and the notes from the working groups, because the screen makes no sense. Any result can be justified. Then I re-read the briefs and it became clear they want transparency on the serum level of these drugs over time — kind of an involuntary / obliviois epidemiological catchment survey. To me it signals a police state and an invasion of privacy on a massive scale.

  14. No, I don’t think Gronk will be broke in a few years. He saves his salary and spends his endorsement money. If that bothers you that you have to make it a race issue, maybe look at Gronk as being a good example of how to manage finances which seems to be a problem with NFL players.

  15. Would Roger prefer he drops $100K at a strip club? Maybe throw $30K at a dancer and get upset when he can’t retrieve it?

    By all accounts, it was good clean fun. He didn’t have practice the next day. Everyone was over 21. He didn’t drive himself home. Lighten up!

  16. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    Jun 20, 2017 10:42 AM
    This is taxable income.
    Just sayin. In Gronks bracket, someone owes the US government $ 33,000.

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    Totally wrong…. so when your work throws a party with free food and drink that’s taxable to you and the other employees?

  17. Hmmmm, no guns shot off, not a strip club, no women harassed or abused, the guy works his ass off at practice and shows up big time during the game (just ask that Colts player he blocked into the next town one game a couple of years ago).

    There are some jealous posts here – you know the type – the ones that want to pick a fight with an athlete when they’ve had too much to drink.

    Who wouldn’t want to be Gronk?!

  18. I think Gronk needs a financial planner. Amazing how many celebrities are blowing through their fortunes. Party will be over before he knows it, he needs to wise up.

  19. Well that changes everything. If it was comped then the casino is probably vastly exaggerating it’s worth. That 100K in booze was probably more like 2K.

    Nobody embezzles like a casino. They are always trying to find ways to get money out under the radar.

  20. REALLY …..

    this kid is the most harmless player in the nfl & because he never is out of line
    People just keep digging trying to find something jeez leave the boy alone.

    Besides he does more for charity than half this country

  21. I dont know this so someone enlighten me. Are players not allowed to accept appearance fees? Peopme cant buy then drinks? Are they not allowed in casino’s at all? If the fact he was paid in booze to make an appearance at a casino is a problem then they should have NEVER let the raiders move

  22. didn’t a bunch of guys get suspended last season for arm wrestling at tournament that was held at a casino? so what are the rules regarding players’ conduct at casinos?

  23. “I think Gronk needs a financial planner. Amazing how many celebrities are blowing through their fortunes.

    He will be broke in a few years isn’t that right guys? ”

    You’re both wrong. Gronk has made it very well known he’s saved virtually all his NFL money and lived off endorsements. This kind of cash burn is a rarity for him.

    In fact one of the main reasons the league held Gronk up as an example to rookies after the draft this year is because he’s been extremely smart with his money.

  24. New England>Your Team says:

    We now live in a society where everybody needs to tell you what to do. They need to tell you where to be, what to eat, what you need to believe in, and what is right for yourself.
    =================================

    That’s called liberalism.

  25. He should be able to do this. I think the NFL’s stance on gambling is hypocritical. As far as the money, they aren’t the IRS.

    Only thing that really makes me think is, if they can promote boozing they should be fine with herbing – especially in states where it’s legal.

  26. Picture of the bar tab (released by the casino) is doctored. If you look at the bottom of the receipt it has a “suggested tip” of $250. Pretty sure most places suggest tips that are higher than 0.25%. The bill was less than 2 grand

  27. eagleslayer says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:07 AM
    Gronk’s IQ looks something like the final score of a hockey game.

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    For all you know his IQ might be higher than yours. Anyway I’m sure he’s not concerned about you or you IQ.

  28. wny49er says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:42 AM
    I think Gronk needs a financial planner. Amazing how many celebrities are blowing through their fortunes. Party will be over before he knows it, he needs to wise up.

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    How many times do you have to hear that Gronk has not spent any of the money paid to him by the Pats but lives off endorsement money. I think he is a lot smarter than people like you want to admit.

  29. Here we go again ? Rogers phone ringing off the hook…
    secretary; its 31 other team owners on conference call want to talk to you about gronk maybe suspend him?
    Roger; Jeesh again we have to go thru this again?
    Secretary; are you here or not…
    Roger; tell them I quit …

    Oh boy!

  30. 31 other league whiners would love to see Gronk disciplined because that’s what they do. Jerry Jones and the Cincinnati Bengals hire players with violent histories and everyone says they deserve another chance. Gronk, a wealthy 20 something, parties with his bros and the rest of the league wants to take him down? Who establishes the “moral codes” in the NFL. Do they make it up as they go along.

    Yes, I am still steamed about Brady’s 4 game suspension for something that was never proven. If a punishment is handed down to Gronk and the Patriots then this whole discipline policy is an absolute joke that is spearheaded by jealous NFL owners and officials based in NYC who hate everything about Boston.

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