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Ortiz roast scrapped from TV, due in part to Gronk being Gronk

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Sometimes, Gronk being Gronk isn’t suitable for television.

Via the Boston Globe, last week’s roast of former Red Sox star David Ortiz ended up not being shown on NESN over the weekend due to concerns about the over-the-top nature of many of the jokes. Some of those were told by, or referred to, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Others referred to former (and now deceased) Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Jimmy Traina of SI.com has posted the video of Gronkowski’s routine, which likely prompted The Situation to say, “Man, that was awkward.”

“Anthony [Mackie] played Falcon in Captain America: Civil War. Anthony, you were terrible, dog. It was the worst I’ve seen a Falcon look since the second half of Super Bowl LI,” said Gronkowski regarding the game in which he was unable to participate due to injury. “I don’t even need to play the f–king game, and I’m still going to the Hall of Fame! And that superhero, you know, that Falcon, the superhero. That’s the black guy. You know, who can even fly when he’s not being chased by the cops? That’s his super power.”

That wasn’t the only potentially offensive joke Gronkowski told: “You wanna know why Jews do play football? To get their quarter back, you cheap f–k.”

And then there was this one, possibly from the Christmas album and apparently in reference to Ortiz’s reputation for showing up late to his endorsement appointments: “David, thanks for showing up on time to all the Dunkin Donuts shoots. I had a blast jackin’ off for two hours in your green room every time. Hopefully you never use those pillows on your breaks.”

Hopefully, Gronk will never do standup comedy again.

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67 Responses to “Ortiz roast scrapped from TV, due in part to Gronk being Gronk”
  1. riggz91 says: Jun 26, 2017 1:40 PM

    Damn Gronk really doesnt give a bleep! I can’t believe he said it, but I’m not gonna lie a lol at my desk just now.

  2. jm91rs says: Jun 26, 2017 1:44 PM

    Gronk has pretty much been untouchable because of the “that’s Gronk being Gronk” motto. I wonder if this is enough to raise some flags? In the sports world people won’t care, but we know plenty of non-sports folks like to chime in whenever they see an opportunity.

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 26, 2017 1:45 PM

    So it was just like every other roast of a major celebrity for as long as most people can remember?

    I remember when Betty White was at Hugh Heffner’s and blushed and asked, “Do I actually have to read this one?”. A lot of presenters don’t write their own material as the above references shows. Wouldn’t surprise me if Gronk didn’t either.

  4. bigmikeskinsfan says: Jun 26, 2017 1:46 PM

    people are offended that Gronk acted like a frat boy and told crude jokes?!!!

  5. The Power Rankings says: Jun 26, 2017 1:49 PM

    They played clips on Sports Hub and it was really funny. Pedroia was funny also and might also be part of the reason it wasn’t aired.

  6. beavertonsteve says: Jun 26, 2017 1:55 PM

    Those are pretty tame jabs as far as “roasts” go. That being said, I don’t recommend anyone who is drawing a paycheck from an image conscious organization participate in one. Wait until your career is over and you can tell anyone who is offended to stick it.

  7. mackcarrington says: Jun 26, 2017 1:59 PM

    If Andrew Dice Clay used a teleprompter he would be Gronk today.

  8. James says: Jun 26, 2017 2:03 PM

    So, basically the NFL got to them and said not to air it? Because EVERY other roast has been way more offensive. The NFL just can’t have their favorite party boy making a racists or sexual joke. Look, if it is a comedian, a rapper, an actor, it is allowed to air. Why not when it is an athlete? Let fans see his sense of humor. If they find him racists, then so be it. I am willing to be 99% of people are going to find out what he said anyways (this article proves that) and of those 99%, 90% of them are going to understand that is how those roasts work. They are intentionally over the top and offensive.

  9. Flash1287 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:04 PM

    It’s a ROAST, he said exactly what you should say.

    The problem is everyone is too sensitive now!

  10. damcmp says: Jun 26, 2017 2:12 PM

    Gronk is an A-hole

  11. magnumpimustache says: Jun 26, 2017 2:12 PM

    Gronk yeah……

    How refreshing to hear something other than Sports clichés and Speeches not to offend and lose endorsements

  12. johnwaldron8 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:12 PM

    It’s almost like offensive jokes are staples of roasts.

  13. bbb82 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:13 PM

    Two hours? Geeze, Gronk. Something ain’t right.

  14. allseeingone says: Jun 26, 2017 2:13 PM

    Even sadder than Grok’s “jokes” are the thousands of low character football fans who think he’s funny. I mean…this dude and those people add absolutely nothing good to our society.

  15. pastabelly says: Jun 26, 2017 2:13 PM

    Acting like a total moron is part of Gronk’s persona. I just hope that some Falcons don’t take shots at his knees on October 22.

  16. noose18 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:14 PM

    You think gronk wrote the jokes? Come on man. He was reading them, his delivery was solid, most were pretty funny. Pedroia killed it though.

  17. jwcarlson says: Jun 26, 2017 2:16 PM

    How was Bill Burr, though?

  18. jmoney74 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:17 PM

    hilarious

  19. nestrongsafety says: Jun 26, 2017 2:19 PM

    Oh man. That was bad. Gronk needs to stay away from a microphone.

  20. ijahru says: Jun 26, 2017 2:25 PM

    Gronk was funny as hell. The PC police are losing their minds. This overreaction is why Trump is President.

  21. cmoney20 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:27 PM

    ok its getting old now

  22. bchap17 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:28 PM

    Roasts are not for the faint of heart.

    The only rule, is there are no rules. Almost everything is fair game.

  23. darthbelichick07 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:32 PM

    The days of Dean Martin are long past.

    Watch one of Greg Giraldo’s old roast standups if you want to hear some edgy material — Gronk’s were nothing.

  24. redlikethepig says: Jun 26, 2017 2:33 PM

    Can you imagine Gronk at 40.

  25. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 26, 2017 2:39 PM

    Gronk can say/do whatever he wants. Cam does the dab and it’s “But think of the children.”

    I truly do wonder how much you would hate Gronk if he was black. Thumb it down, but please think about it.

  26. drakost says: Jun 26, 2017 2:44 PM

    I love gronk. All those whining how insulting he was… it’s a freaking roast. What did you expect unicorns and rainbows? Sometimes things are meant to be funny. That’s it. No moral or social undertones just funny. Good grief.

  27. leroyquimby says: Jun 26, 2017 2:44 PM

    When are people going to learn that is what a roast is? Its like going to a musical and not expecting there to be singing.

  28. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 26, 2017 2:46 PM

    I don’t remember hearing that stuff from Ruth Buzzi on the Dean Martin roasts. Rickles, maybe.

  29. wte1 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:47 PM

    NESN should sell the right to Comedy Central. They would air it.

  30. bamboozle99 says: Jun 26, 2017 2:52 PM

    Doesn’t matter if he wrote it or not, he sure liked saying it.

  31. boknowsvt says: Jun 26, 2017 2:53 PM

    I love a good offensive roast, but these jokes look like they’re right out of a Truly Tastless Jokes book.

  32. screwmemean says: Jun 26, 2017 3:03 PM

    Gronk is a very elite football player. One of the best of all time. Otherwise, he is a drunk buffoon. His act is growing older by the minute. Someday soon he will be found face down in a swimming pool at a local keg party.

  33. bullcharger says: Jun 26, 2017 3:07 PM

    It’s a roast. That’s the point.

    Everything doesn’t have to televised, publicized and scrutinized.

    It was just a roast.

  34. fishyinalittledishy says: Jun 26, 2017 3:08 PM

    If I invited Mike Tyson round I would expect to get my ear chewed, what were they expecting.

  35. bullcharger says: Jun 26, 2017 3:09 PM

    screwmemean says:
    Jun 26, 2017 3:03 PM
    Gronk is a very elite football player. One of the best of all time. Otherwise, he is a drunk buffoon. His act is growing older by the minute. Someday soon he will be found face down in a swimming pool at a local keg party.

    ———————

    He’s a sober baffoon with lots of drunk people around him. He doesn’t drink much. He eats well and he works out non-stop.

  36. chieftaindawg says: Jun 26, 2017 3:12 PM

    Daddy better ground Gronk until football season. Jeez Louise.
    He’s a sucky comedian

  37. bullcharger says: Jun 26, 2017 3:15 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 26, 2017 2:46 PM
    I don’t remember hearing that stuff from Ruth Buzzi on the Dean Martin roasts. Rickles, maybe.

    ———–

    Check youtube. You couldn’t air any of those old Roasts today.

  38. derekgorgonstar says: Jun 26, 2017 3:21 PM

    They were just jokes.

    Lighten up, Francis.

  39. aggression44 says: Jun 26, 2017 3:33 PM

    medialovesthecowboys says:
    Jun 26, 2017 2:39 PM
    Gronk can say/do whatever he wants. Cam does the dab and it’s “But think of the children.”

    I truly do wonder how much you would hate Gronk if he was black. Thumb it down, but please think about it.
    ——————————————————
    Quit crying. No one likes cam is why they hate. People actually like Gronk. That card is old.

  40. deuce22222 says: Jun 26, 2017 3:33 PM

    What would we be saying if that was OBJ.

  41. fakebookfreddy says: Jun 26, 2017 3:48 PM

    Very surprised that BB, with his singular purpose of championships, puts up with this crap. Maybe if Gronko didnt drink so much, he could last a 16 game season.

  42. ibillwt says: Jun 26, 2017 3:55 PM

    I went to grade school with blue collar kids telling some raunchy jokes by third grade; played high school sports; worked in a steel mill and on construction crews; lived 4 years in a fraternity house; was drafted and spent two years with the 82nd Airborne. I’ve heard it and said it at some time or other.

    Also happen to be a huge Pats (as in Belichick) fan.

    But there IS such a thing as “inappropriate profanity”. So much of it is so indiscriminate, forced and phony, it losses all effect. And another thing, I was brought up to show some respect and not use foul language around women. Call me old and out of touch but to me, it makes Gronk look like just one more punk in a world full of them.

  43. absolutevisuals says: Jun 26, 2017 4:04 PM

    If you’re afraid of a roast being too offensive, your Network shouldn’t be doing a roast then.

    Comedy Central, please air this.

  44. elyasm says: Jun 26, 2017 4:07 PM

    What a bunch of sticks in the mud we have around here! Those jokes were hilarious! I hope NESN (or someone) will find a way to post the entire thing online.

  45. tim8450 says: Jun 26, 2017 4:24 PM

    medialovesthecowboys says:
    Jun 26, 2017 2:39 PM

    Gronk can say/do whatever he wants. Cam does the dab and it’s “But think of the children.”

    I truly do wonder how much you would hate Gronk if he was black. Thumb it down, but please think about it.

    =============

    You’re right about one thing, a lot of people would hate Gronk if he was black, but that really has nothing to do with Gronk, his antics, or personality, and everything to do with
    “what is wrong with this country”.

  46. somehomer says: Jun 26, 2017 4:30 PM

    The comedians that appear on a roast write all the jokes .

  47. buffalo75vette says: Jun 26, 2017 4:34 PM

    Just a big punk

  48. Centered00 says: Jun 26, 2017 4:41 PM

    Great tight end, but a immature idiot in life. No respect for this arrogant jerk.

  49. JJ412 says: Jun 26, 2017 4:44 PM

    medialovesthecowboys says:
    Jun 26, 2017 2:39 PM

    Gronk can say/do whatever he wants. Cam does the dab and it’s “But think of the children.”

    I truly do wonder how much you would hate Gronk if he was black. Thumb it down, but please think about it.

    =============

    I think there are issues with how black people are negatively portrayed and perceived vs white people in this country. I don’t think this comparison is a good example of it.

  50. thisguyonthisthing says: Jun 26, 2017 5:06 PM

    Firstly, I like Gronk.

    However is it me, or does every time the media pushes the “Gronk being Gronk” angle to give him carte blanche to behave however he wants seem potentially upsetting to other athletes who aren’t, oh I don’t know…white?

    I don’t think any of his behavior to date has been overtly egregious, and I certainly understand that comedy and roasts in particular always push the envelope, not to mention that he clearly didn’t write the material. However, other athletes doing and saying some of what he has done and said over the years would most likely get ridiculed for it more than he does. Or at least, other athletes have been ridiculed for less.

    Can’t imagine all other players getting a free pass for “crashing” the press secretary at the white house. Not that he should have. It was silly and the country certainly could use some levity.

    None of this is meant as an affront to Gronk and his fan-base. I truly am wondering what others think. Am I just fanning flames that don’t exist?

  51. tylawspick6 says: Jun 26, 2017 5:10 PM

    buffalo75vette says:
    Jun 26, 2017 4:34 PM
    Just a big punk

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    Report comment

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    Yes, god forbid a guy who gives a lot back in the community have a good time at a roast.

    Enjoy your miserable existence in Buffalo.

  52. buffalosunshine says: Jun 26, 2017 5:39 PM

    Gronk is a great football player… when you roast people you roast them.. not the entire community they come from. I am a black guy don’t diss me because you want to roast someone else who happens to be black. That is just Gronk being an arse clown.

  53. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 26, 2017 5:45 PM

    “What would we be saying if that was OBJ.”

    Something entirely different because instead of working hard to win their first playoff game last year, he went off to party before the game.

    Here’s a hint. Gronk parties in the off season. He doesn’t do so during the season. He would never do so the week before a playoff game.

    And that’s why OBJ would be ripped whereas Gronk isn’t being taken to task

  54. stexan says: Jun 26, 2017 7:22 PM

    Gronk is a helluva football player, dedicated to his profession and does have a shot at the HOF.
    Off the field, he seems to have a serious interest in financial affairs, which is also good.
    Outside of that, he’s starting to come across as an immature frat rat – sort of a Johnny Football clone who actually takes a few things seriously.

  55. deuce22222 says: Jun 26, 2017 7:34 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 26, 2017 5:45 PM
    “What would we be saying if that was OBJ.”

    Something entirely different because instead of working hard to win their first playoff game last year, he went off to party before the game.

    Here’s a hint. Gronk parties in the off season. He doesn’t do so during the season. He would never do so the week before a playoff game.

    And that’s why OBJ would be ripped whereas Gronk isn’t being taken to task

    ==============

    This has nothing to do with that and you know it. Gronk parties like he’s a frat boy. Acts like a child. And he gets away with it.

    Instead of partying, Gronk should have been focused on getting better from an injury that kept him out for the good part of last year.

    I just don’t think he’s scrutinized as much as other players are. I also think a lot has to do with the color of his skin. Because he’s white, he gets away with it. If he was black, the media and fan base would have crucified him by now.

    I have no issues with people bashing Beckham. He deserves it. But so does Gronkowsky.

    There is a huge double standard.

  56. akiraclass says: Jun 26, 2017 7:34 PM

    Good thing Gronk is good at football.

  57. stipez says: Jun 26, 2017 8:41 PM

    Gronkowski isn’t an act, that’s what’s loveable. He’s just a goofy guy who doesn’t take himself seriously. Y’all seriously think he dreamed up this character and is just acting for money? It’s tremendously refreshing as long as he sticks to spiking stuff. If someone pushes him to do a movie I’ll be over it like most here.

  58. bradygirl12 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:49 PM

    Granted,the jokes were pretty bad,but anyone who has ever seen a comedy roast knows it’s not going to be PG-13 material.

  59. kptb12 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:52 PM

    That’s definitely not Gronk being Gronk. I bet he’s in the doghouse!

  60. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jun 26, 2017 9:16 PM

    man, NESN did him a big favor.

    Love watching him play. That’s about it though.

  61. dwatkins69 says: Jun 26, 2017 9:19 PM

    If everyone is offended from this, Please don’t watch any of the roasts with Jeff Ross, Anthony Jeselnik or Lisa Lampanelli in them. You will need a lifetime of therapy.

  62. forthegoodofthegame says: Jun 26, 2017 9:51 PM

    Big Gronk fan on the field, but off the field it’s time to leave the frat boy behavior behind.

  63. stucats says: Jun 27, 2017 8:05 AM

    ORTIZ=MEAT HEAD
    GRONK=BIGGER MEAT HEAD

  64. mikeinthevine says: Jun 27, 2017 8:12 AM

    That’s what happens when you invite a drunk to your party.

  65. peebag says: Jun 27, 2017 11:52 AM

    Outside of Boston, who cares?

  66. fjw2 says: Jun 27, 2017 3:27 PM

    peebag says:
    Jun 27, 2017 11:52 AM
    Outside of Boston, who cares?

    —————

    My guess would be all of the people who comment on the internet about stories that they aren’t supposed to care about? Sound familiar?

  67. Surf Bandits says: Jun 28, 2017 3:08 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jun 26, 2017 3:07 PM

    It’s a roast. That’s the point.

    Everything doesn’t have to televised, publicized and scrutinized.

    It was just a roast.
    __________________________________
    Agreed.

    Also, when people start with the OBJ, or if Gronk was black…

    The thing is we’ve never read or heard of him being stopped for DUI, or problems with women, and all of the other assorted problems that other players for the most part create for themselves.

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