Rob Gronkowski on late game scuffle: Screw it, I’m throwing haymakers

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The Super Bowl saw its first ever ejection on Sunday night when Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was disqualified with seconds left to play after being tagged by officials as the instigator of a post-play scrum that also featured Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in a prominent role.

Gronkowski was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night and the extracurricular activities came up for discussion. With a video of the scrape showing, Gronkowski joked to the commissioner — “Roger, that wasn’t me” — and explained his mindset at the moment in question.

“I got pushed or something, and it was the last game of the year, and I was like, ‘Screw it, I’m throwing some haymakers,” Gronkowski said. “They just started coming at us. We were just trying to take a knee. Just happens, it’s football, just emotions going. It’s football, things happen. It’s all good. I mean, it’s all good. They played ball, they’re a hardworking team, and we just came out and did what we did to get the win.”

Gronkowski and others may face fines as a result of the incident, although it probably won’t be enough to force the tight end to cut back on party bus supplies for the offseason.

61 responses to “Rob Gronkowski on late game scuffle: Screw it, I’m throwing haymakers

  1. Being an idiot is what makes him interesting. If they ever remake “Blazing Saddles” the part of Mongo is his.

  2. It’s hard to like the Patriots but easy to like this guy.

    Too bad the Flatts ir I mean Pats will be given a haymaker when the NFL finds out the balls were under-inflated for all games this year. This team is too good to do crap like that.

    Its the Integrity of the game stupid.

  3. Seattle showed the world how classy it is with it’s display of sportsmanship in defeat

    Don’t blame Gronk for putting them in their place and teaching them a lesson they won’t forget soon

  4. The end-game fight is just the type of class that you’d expect from 2 teams known for cheating.

  5. at least he is not a piece of dispicible garbage like Brice Irvin. Throwing a punch, starting a riot at the end of the game and running away like a little girl the moment after his sucker punch. Garbage. Hope the league comes down huge on him

  6. Rob Gronkowski is one of the nicest players. He’s hard working and loyal too. He’s also a kid and may not be as eloquent or as polished as others in their late 20s or 30s. But show the guy some respect. Even the game announcers do it…speaking like Tarzan. “Me catch ball, me move chains.” Really?? It’s offensive not only to him but to me and everyone else who knows better.

  7. Gronk was schit talking a couple of Seattle defenders near him and they went off.

    No class was shown from either team.

  8. It’s real clear that Gronk loves this game.

    His attitude reminds me of guys like Art Donovan, Mike Ditka and most of the Raiders in the 70’s and 80’s.

    Thanks #87.

  9. Gronk reminds me of another Hall of Famer, Mike Ditka. Most of you never got to see Ditka play, but Ditka wouldn’t walk away if someone took a cheap shot at him either. But if you’re wondering how good Ditka was, watch Gronk.

  10. Let’s see if the media goes after this clown now. First when asked about partying in the same manner that Johnny Football does he replies: “I’m a baller, bro.” Now he openly admits that he started throwing punches (wasn’t ejected like Irvin) and is braggin about it. That behavior would not be tolerated by any other player on any other team. I anxiously await everyone ignoring this and pretending his childish behavior is cool. .

  11. Love Gronkowski! One of the smartest, most physical football players in the NFL — he keeps everyone loose in the locker room, doesn’t cause any trouble off the field, volunteers, raises money for charity, and is a genuinely good, fun-loving guy.

  12. I love this guy. What you see is what you get. He plays with enthusiasm of a young man playing for the joy of the game and is a team leader.

  13. Not sure why Gronk has to be an idiot. Ohh, classeless, angry Hawk fan. Think Baldwin idiot, Lynch idiot, Irvin idiot, Sherman overrated. Hawks had everything go their way this year, so feel, very, very fortunate to be in SB. 3rd best team in NFC
    as witnessed wk6 thumping from Cowboys in your yard, then GB self induced collapse. Were also lucky to have #1 seed by virtue of dumb 3 way tie criteria. I will be tuned into to KJR 950 to hear you blame the world, lol!

  14. Yea Seattle keep ragging on Gronk. If he said today he ws going to play foe Seattle you all would be singing a different tune now wouldn’t you? You just jealous or a sore loser I don’t know which. The whole country saw how they acted at the end of the game.

  15. I am FAR from a Patriots fan but Gronkowski was retaliating . He didn’t start the fight nor throw the first punch. He will be fined , but I wonder if he gets suspended for a game as well ?? He DID throw a punch , that usually means a suspension. I wouldn’t be surprised either if I was OR wasn’t , I am merely speculating

  16. Holy Overworking it folks.

    Not about class or character, it’s about football and heat of the moment.

    The same guys were good with each other right after the game.

  17. I disagree pole… Bruce Irvin was no where to be found after the game!!! Im going to go with the classless opinion as well! Learn to take a loss with dignity

  18. Except for Russell Wilson and (I guess) in a way Marshawn Lynch it’s really hard to like the Seattle Seahawks. They pretty much showed their true colours throughout the game with “Angry” Doug Baldwin taking a fake dump on the football after his TD, Richard Sherman taunting Darrelle Revis with his whole 2-4 act on the sidelines and Bruce Irvin getting kicked out of the Super Bowl for the first time in it’s history. Too bad Seattle couldn’t have shown a little more class at the end. But that’s just not their nature. Way to go New England.

  19. marima07 says:
    Feb 3, 2015 8:39 AM
    Love Gronkowski! One of the smartest, most physical football players in the NFL — he keeps everyone loose in the locker room, doesn’t cause any trouble off the field, volunteers, raises money for charity, and is a genuinely good, fun-loving guy.
    ———–
    Wait, smartest? Come on.

    Oh and objectively watch that fight again, and tell me that New England players didn’t start it. Irvin went after Gronk AFTER he punched Bennett in the head.

  20. Bragging about punching players in a game???? Yeah, that is very upstanding and classy… At least Irvin had the balls to apologize for it..
    So, our guy apologizes and your guy brags about it…
    I hope the league catches wind of that video and fines the living crap out of the big bafoon!!!!

  21. Patriots Haters can kiss our…rings! Most of you wouldn’t know a football from a foozeball! And not ONE of you could clearly state what (minor) infraction the Patriots were found to be guilty of in the so-called Spygate ordeal. Also, the Patriots are guilty of Nothing…ZERO…in the ball deflating mess. It has now been discovered that only ONE ball was seriously underinflated. The Patriots would have wiped out the Colts if they were playing with a can of beer!

  22. Tempers might have flared a little, but I believe any team that had just seen such a dramatic turnaround might well have reacted the same way. People sometimes act or react strangely when they’re in shock.

    I’m pretty sure if their roles were reversed, the Patriots wouldn’t just be standing around moping, either.

    I’m a hard core Seahawks fan, always have been, but I still like and admire Gronk and how he plays the game. Ditto for Amendola. Playing with a probable concussion shows how tough he is. (Check out the hit by Chancellor on Google. Little doubt about it, and he should have been checked out in the locker room like Avril was. And very likely out of the game, like Avril was.)

    Never been a huge Brady fan, but props to him anyway. He also knows how to play the game. Very tough, mentally and physically.

    Just as an aside, Vegas already has both teams favored to make it back to the Superb Owl next year. Hope so.

    See ya next year. Hopefully with a healthy LOB. I think that will make a big difference in how things turn out.

    GO HAWKS!

  23. Wow, all the petty hate for Gronk?! The guy is genuine. The Pats were just ending the game…the game was over, especially since Bennett drew an offside penalty. If you want to talk sportsmanship, Gronk is a model of the league compared to the antics of many NFL players and management. That being said, I also understand the heartbreak the Hawks just endured. They had the game…almost. I can see how their emotions got the better of them. Three tries to score at 1 yard line! Nobody could have honestly thought there was a chance for the Pats.
    That heartbreak must have been brutal for the Hawks, and one of them couldn’t contain it. It happens. Gronk did contain himself for a few seconds, but the Hawks kept at it, and Gronk said to hell with it, and launched one haymaker. I don’t begrudge the Hawks at all. Tough pill to take.

    Gronk even said it was all good, and he was referring to the incident, not his haymaker. He understood what transpired, unlike the peanut gallery. Stuff happens, and although I am a Pats fan, I cannot begrudge the Hawks for getting a tad distraught. One second your about to become SB champs, the next second, it is defeat. Wow, that would be tough to take by anybody.

    I hope the league will just let this one slide. No sense in rubbing it in with fines and suspensions. I bet both teams, to a man, would unequivocally agree.

    They gave us a game to remember.

  24. It’s hard not to like Gronkowski, he can flat out play, and even though he is an overgrown giant 5th grader– who sounds like my son and his friends when they talk…he appears to be genuinely a happy go lucky guy…hard to knock someone for loving what they do and having fun while being good at it too, just because he isn’t triple digits in the IQ department…

  25. Stepheninportland – glad to read the voice of reason by a Hawks fan.
    That would be interesting, to have a rematch next year. LOB may be healthy next time around, but you can bet our defense and offense will be even better. Notwithstanding injuries, the Pats exposed a weakness…small nimble players can get open against your huge linebacker core. If Brady hadn’t given the ball away twice, the game wouldn’t have needed a goal line stand.
    If Dallas can keep their team together, they will be tough, as will Detroit. And our Achilles heel, Rex will be lurking in our division. And you guys will have to contend with Arizona, who will hopefully, have a first string QB playing.

  26. All you Gronk haters are clueless!! The guy is one of the funniest, happiest, toughest and smartest guys in the NFL!! I’ve been following this kid for 10 years and he has an amazing personality.. Yes I said one of the smartest guys too! How many players in the league could have gone to Ivy league schools? I’d say not to many.. It’s a fact that Rob recruited to several Ivy league schools for his academics.. Not even knowing he was an elite athlete!! Also carried a 3.8 GPA at Arizona.. He talks a bit goofy but it’s AL WA US with a smile on his face and in a happy

  27. “Let’s see if the media goes after this clown now. First when asked about partying in the same manner that Johnny Football does he replies: “I’m a baller, bro.” Now he openly admits that he started throwing punches (wasn’t ejected like Irvin) and is braggin about it. That behavior would not be tolerated by any other player on any other team. I anxiously await everyone ignoring this and pretending his childish behavior is cool. .”

    Settle down, Francis. He said no alcohol on the party bus and his whole family was in the audience. Now I don’t think he is dry and celibate, but Johnny Football he is not. From what I see he has two loves in his life, Football and having fun. (And he keeps his family close to him which is a good sign in making sure he doesn’t stray too far from the path.)

    As far as the post game scuffle, whatever it’s over. Fun to joke about, but not worth the effort of fines or discipline.

  28. You Scamps need to take your heads out of your butts and realize the press is playing with you! Seattle started the pushing and shoving. This is not a GRONK issue. It I not a PATs (cheating) issue. It is Seattle have no class.

  29. **ALWAYS with a smile on his face and in a happy go lucky manner.. So I’d bet that he’s smarter with a higher IQ than 98% of the clowns posting negative comments calling him dumb!! Choke on that idiots!!

    Also a fact, if he plays like he has in his first 5 seasons for another 5+-, he will go down as one of the best to ever play the game!!! Any position… He is on pace to be the fastest to ever score 60 TDs in NFL history by games played.. And is absolutely shattering all the TE records

  30. Oh and watch the replay of the fight.. Seahawks clearly started it.. I’m sure VERY UPSET as they went from thinking they had it won to losing in less than a second..

  31. I thought it was pretty low class of the seattle players to fight…..now it’s important that you seattle fans to view you #51, he throws a punch, like the man he is*****he runs away****classy move 51…Sheattle alive and well. Gronk may appears as goofy, but he can play and he stood strong, the better team won both on the field and off the field, they were out coached, great game

  32. @greej1938l that’s because he was ejected.

    Section 7 Disqualified Player
    A Disqualified Player is one who is banished from further participation in the game and must return to his dressing room within a reasonable period of time…

    Note: Disqualified player is not to reappear in his team uniform nor return to any area other than to which spectators have access.

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