“Report” of Gronk trade was a joke lacking any actual humor

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Every once in a while in this business, the time comes to get a stick and scrape from feces from the bottom of the Foot-Joys. It’s not a pleasant task, but it has to be done, lest the feces get tracked all over the place.

We posted an item earlier today regarding a report from WEEI that the Patriots will be trading tight end Rob Gronkowski in the coming weeks. The report, which was being picked up by other websites, appeared in a single tweet that had no equivocation of any kind. It was clear, it was plain, and it was getting noticed.

And it was all some sort of time-delayed April Fool’s Day gag, apparently.

Chris Curtis of WEEI called me a little while ago to explain that it was a joke. I’m still scanning the tweet for the setup, the reinforcement, and/or the payoff.

Take a look yourself. See anything amusing here?

That is a humorous anecdote. I can’t wait to tell that one at parties and other social gatherings.

I told Curtis I’m not happy about any of this. Needless to say, nothing WEEI ever reports again will be taken seriously in this space. It’s hard enough to keep people up to date on everything that’s happening in the NFL without people throwing gratuitous and unfunny hurdles in our path.

 

 

101 responses to ““Report” of Gronk trade was a joke lacking any actual humor

  1. A first or second for a guy who spends more time in concussion protocol than on the field? Absolutely some team will do that….

  2. Where’s Brewski hollering about how fun the Patriot Way is, as one of the greatest TE talents we’ve ever seen wants outta there?

    Seems like multiple people are tired of Bill.

    …am I allowed to say that today, PFT, or will this comment get deleted for pooing on the Patriots too much as well?

  3. I don’t think I’d even give up a 2nd rounder for him, unless maybe its LA and they want to win now slash make headlines for their stadium in two years. He’s an amazing player but he could randomly retire, gets hurt a lot, wants to party, etc.

    As an Eagles fan, him going to LA would be terrible. Anywhere but LA or Minni

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:49 am
    GOOD. Cheatin’ Tommy finna get exposed for real now.

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    Right…. Brady only won 3 rings before the guy was in the league. What a bitter tool you are

  5. He’s often injured, is contemplating retirement, and he’s Brady’s best bud. I’d be surprised if the trader and the tradee can agree on suitable compensation.

  6. Here come the Pats fans saying…. This guy is a hack, this guy has no sources, this guy just wants attention, like every article. As we all know, every Pats fan here, has more insight, connections and nobody knows the inner workings of the organization better.

  7. As a Pats fan it would be sad to see the greatest TE in history leave. However, if he’s grumpy and not 100% all in on the Patriots program then they have to trade him IF and ONLY IF they received a very good offer. I think it STARTS with a first round pick. I think a first and few other selections would get it done.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:49 am
    GOOD. Cheatin’ Tommy finna get exposed for real now.

    They won 11 in a straight and a SB without him

    Moron

    And we already know this is a false report

  9. Ken Laird was not even in the sports business until less than two years ago when he ended his career as an engineer to take on a lowly position at WEEI handling Callahan’s & Minhane’s board. There will be no trade.

  10. Haha loser patriot fans who told themselves they played a role in the games their favorite team cheated to “win”* are jumping ship

  11. “Chances are that he’s heard something from someone about some sort of somewhat plausible move…”

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    wow. speculate much?

  12. I’m a Niners homer so I might be biased on this one, but I see Bill giving the Niners a deal like he did with Jimmy G. They have the picks and cash and the Niners are trending up. I could see a deal with the Niners.

  13. patsrthegreatest says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:49 am
    GOOD. Cheatin’ Tommy finna get exposed for real now.

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    Right…. Brady only won 3 rings before the guy was in the league. What a bitter tool you are
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    And one of the other two came with Gronk on IR.

  14. Who would want to trade a 1st rd pick for a TE who plays 6 games a year and is more interested in being a social media and movie star at this point of his career than being an NFL player?

    This wouldn’t be any different if they traded Brady, he’s a product of the system and the expectations will need to be lowered by any team who want’s to trade for him.

  15. This wouldn’t surprise me to see Gronk traded — but — it all depends on where Gronk gets traded to and if he accepts it, or not. I would guess his short list of teams he’d play for includes the Eagles, Rams, Raiders, Cowboys, Vikings, and Jaguars. There’s no way he’ll go to a team which is a perennial loser.
    So — of the teams I mentioned — which of those have the cap room to even think about trading for him?
    Let’s see how this one plays out.

  16. “As an Eagles fan, him going to LA would be terrible. Anywhere but LA or Minni”

    As an Eagles fan, I have to disagree. I’d hate to see Gronk go to any team in the NFC East.

  17. In’16 Brady went 11-1 & 87 played in 5 games. Then 3-0 in Post season w/o 87. They can win, move the ball & score w/o Gronk. It’s just easier with him.

  18. Gronk, a 2 and a 3 to Seattle for Earl Thomas and 18. The salaries fit and the players are admired by the opposing coaches, and the teams have done business recently. The Seahawks are dumping all the loudmouths and malcontents, and Gronk has worn out his welcome with Bellicheck. Book it.

  19. Why would any team give up a 1st or 2nd rounder for a TE who’s in the latter part of his career. He may even retire this year. I would think maybe a 4th rounder….maybe…because you still have that huge salary.

  20. That’d be a HUGE loss for them. He’s essentially impossible to cover and the Pats are way easier to gameplan for when he’s not in the lineup. Even if they get a first round pick (or more) for him there’s no way do they truly replace him. If he demanded out it’s one thing but if this is BB saying “I’ll show you who’s boss” then this would be a huge overreaction. And after the Butler benching at the Super Bowl it looks like he’s falling into a pattern of overreacting and making moves contrary to the good of the team. Bottom line for Gronk is he’s a fun guy and everything points to the Pats no longer being a fun place to play even though they win all the time.

  21. Send him to the Texans.

    His agent (or handler) should work with Rob to make sure that he is able to sign his name correctly on any new contract first though (first and last)……..

  22. The fact that the move is dubbed as occurring “in the next couple of weeks” fits with the notion that, if the Patriots will be acquiring a first- or second-round pick for Gronkowski, they prefer to get the pick while the pick is on the clock.
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    I’m not sure how that follows, since the draft is over three weeks away.

  23. Probably the Rams, they are playing fantasy football right now. Gronk is awesome in New England but the fact that he is a huge injury risk, i’d be surprised if someone is willing to give up a 1st or 2nd rounder for him right now and pay him huge money as well. He probably isnt going to play more than a year or two more, his head and body have taken a beating.

  24. I am sure there is a foolish FO office out there somewhere that thinks they should make this trade. They have not realized the power of the hoodie, if he is willing to trade a player away, you should not trade with him.
    So far the only player that has left the Pats that has produced elsewhere is Jimmy G and the sample size on him is still to small to say for sure. The rest have been back-markers and utter disasters for the team on the other end of the trade.
    Never bargain with the Sith Lord!

  25. “Chances are that he’s heard something from someone about some sort of somewhat plausible move that will happen someday between now and the draft.”

    How many times did you read that before settling on that wording? Sheesh.

  26. Why does anyone believe anything the Boston media prints or what ESPN prints? They both do the same things.

    They lie, speculate and/or guess, because they’re so entitled, when they don’t get the info they feel they deserve, their quest for revenge is being a professional troll.

    Who actually believes any of this?

    Could Gronk be dealt if the right package came forward? Sure. Is it likely? Probably not.

  27. Either this is nonsense or there must be a really stupid team out there that will give the Pats more than a bag of balls for a often-injured guy approaching 30 whose game is based on his athleticism – and musing about retirement.

    My guess is the former.

  28. Heh I see the article change now. And I was right.

    Pats aren’t getting squat for Gronk and he is staying in NE.

  29. Look at it this way Pat fan. Who says Edelman (who is over 30 coming off an ACL injury) will be the same ever again? Trade Gronk and you don’t have a sure thing on 3rd down.

    It ain’t happening.

  30. patsrthegreatest says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:49 am
    GOOD. Cheatin’ Tommy finna get exposed for real now.

    —————

    Right…. Brady only won 3 rings before the guy was in the league. What a bitter tool you are

    ==============================
    Pat fan just can’t help themselves.

    As usual.

  31. patsrthegreatest says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:49 am
    GOOD. Cheatin’ Tommy finna get exposed for real now.

    —————

    Right…. Brady only won 3 rings before the guy was in the league. What a bitter tool you are

    90 28 Rate This
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    The thing is, if they dealt Gronk, they wouldn’t lose all the much with Edelman, Cooks, Hogan, etc, as the 3 defactor WRS Brady likes. And, that doesn’t count Malcom Mitchell either.

    BB would likely find a Gronk Jr in the draft and while the position wouldn’t be nasty, the offense would still be run as an elite offense in the league.

    Get a 2nd and 4th 4der and own a pretty deep draft, infusing even more youth and talent onto an already very talented roster that was victimized by injuries last year.

  32. No one is giving up a 1st round pick for an oft-injured party boy, I don’t care how good he is when he manages to get on the field.

  33. oye.. tuff one, oft injured but best all around TE playing today (maybe ever) .. maybe if your Green Bay you trade one questionable but skilled TE fro another? .. 1st rounder is pushing it though, may late first rounder?

  34. Wannabes GMs that keep posting that Gronk is not worth a 1rst simply don’t know what they are talking about. A local beat reporter took a poll of 10 FB people around the league. The consensus was a late 1rst, if they had one, or the equivalent(hi 2nd +). He’s not retiring. He’s already working out @Gillette, 2 wks before the start of the off season programs. He’s sick of the conatraints of being a Patriot and the AGuerrero thing. An injury prone JGraham cost the Seahawks a 1rst rnd pk AND an All Pro center 3 yrs ago. Gronk’s a gm changer, even if it’s only 12-13 gms/yr.

  35. bubbybrister/shovelpass says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:54 am
    Rams. I called it!
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    Wow! Never saw THAT coming! Who would have thought of the Rams?!?

    Oh wait, everyone else who pays any attention to football, that’s who.

  36. LOL by the comments written above, it doesn’t appear that anyone actually read the article before commenting on the piece.

  37. Isn’t WEEI the same group of idiots who trashed Tom Brady’s child a few months ago?
    They should have been stopped taken seriously at that point.

  38. the problem is that in an effort to be “first” there is no real fact checking or journalism anymore. in an effort to be first, so many holes are filled with opinion rather than fact

  39. Did anybody read this article? Instead of reading the headline and running with the “trade Gronk” foible.

    Read the article then comment kids.

  40. I guess the Haters in this thread didn’t read the story where it says the whole thing was a joke….

    Sheesh….the Haters are not too smart

  41. jstew0103 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 11:51 am
    Did anybody read this article? Instead of reading the headline and running with the “trade Gronk” foible.

    Read the article then comment kids.
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    And herein lies the problem. These commentators are mostly ADULTS!

    Love that Florio dropped the Nuke on WEEI! That’s got to hurt! I am always enamored when he gives the shout outs to the “little guys” in the media!

  42. steves11 says:

    April 3, 2018 at 11:12 am

    “As an Eagles fan, him going to LA would be terrible. Anywhere but LA or Minni”

    As an Eagles fan, I have to disagree. I’d hate to see Gronk go to any team in the NFC East.

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    agreed except we both know that bellicheck would absolutely rip Danny boy in a trade. He’d get 2 firsts, 2 second rounders, and cousins for him (and yes, cousins isn’t even on the redskins anymore)

  43. Smh. People. It wasn’t a joke. It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. It was just a hot take from a producer who is a Jets fan. Nothing more.

  44. if it was a joke, it shows Belichick shouldn’t quit his day job. I believe the Patriots will do the opposite of what they say they’ll do. To be fair, that’s what I think about John Elway too. Lying is something NFL coaches and GM’s do, especially with the draft approaching.

  45. bradjames33160 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    if it was a joke, it shows Belichick shouldn’t quit his day job.
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    It didn’t come from the Patriots.

  46. jstew0103 says:
    April 3, 2018 at 11:51 am
    Did anybody read this article? Instead of reading the headline and running with the “trade Gronk” foible.
    Read the article then comment kids.

    The vast majority of this site are middle aged guys, not kids. The comments regarding music tastes, memories of older players, political leanings, and stances on social issues have long exposed that.

  47. I guess Ken Laird actually did some sports reporting in Pittsburgh after being trained in engineering at Northeastern. Either way, he’s a joke. Let him tweet under his own name rather than a show and see how seriously people take him.

    As for Minihane, he encourages this from Laird, so there’s blame his way as well.

    It will be interesting to see if Tom Brady ever returns to his Monday spot on their show. He clearly wasn’t happy with the show when he cut his last segment short and said he might speak to them again.

  48. I’m not sure if anyone cares what you’re upset with and what you’re not. Maybe you should “demand an explanation.”

  49. Yes, the Patriots can win without Gronk. The AFC is very weak, so the Patriots should still dominate.

  50. I can see the first dozen or so posters just wanted to be first without reading the article.
    Maybe more, I stopped around 12.

    But, isn’t this calling the kettle semi-black? RUMORS. What is the difference between a rumor and a joke? A rumor has a chance to be true and a joke does not. So I get it but still…

  51. I told Curtis I’m not happy about any of this. Needless to say, nothing WEEI ever reports again will be taken seriously in this space. 
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    REALLY!? C’mon, man. Stop the pettiness. Verify stuff before you post it or deal with the consequences. You seem embarrassed because you ran with something that might not be true. Lying may be on them but posting it on your site is on you, alone. BTW, How is Terry Bradshaw doing?

  52. A joke would be:

    “Gronk is going to be traded to the Jets in the next couple of weeks.”

    It has to be noticeably impossible for it to be funny. Or just be about the Jets.

  53. He has saved every penny he has made, living with 2 other guys for Peat sake! He’ll retire if traded.

  54. ibillwt says:
    April 3, 2018 at 8:33 pm
    my, don’t we have thin skin?
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    It’s ridiculous and has been for quite some time. I find it both humorous and sad at the same time.

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