When the video of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski whooping it up at a post-Super Bowl party — one hosted by team owner Robert Kraft, nonetheless — fans and media alike tore into the guy, viciously ripping him for the perceived nonchalance he demonstrated with his dance floor antics so soon after a gut-wrenching loss.
Gronkowski made an appearance with Mike Missanelli on 97..5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia and among the things discussed were his thoughts on how the controversy spun quicker out of control than some of the horrible dance moves he demonstrated in the video (via Sports Radio Interviews):
When you look back at the dancing you did after Super Bowl XLVI and the video that is out on the internet, what do you think?
“I mean we gave everything all year long. I sweat blood and tears all year long throughout the season through hard work and dedication. I always put my job first before anything, no matter what it is. I’m always just dedicating myself. Unfortunately it just happened like that and I mean it just is what it is. I had a lot of fun with my family and that was the first time I got to see them in awhile, but we were just having fun with my brothers and stuff, friends that I hadn’t seen in awhile. The chances of getting to hang out with LMFAO that was pretty cool too, but unfortunately we didn’t win. That was the number one goal. All we did was work for the 2 weeks from the Baltimore game to the Giants game just keep on grinding. Gave effort and dedication. I was in the training room 24-7 getting healthy. Same with everyone else, but unfortunately we came up short and definitely going to be grinding this whole year, so we can be ready for next year.”
Do you see the view point of the fans who looked at that dance video and what their opinion would be? Can you see the fans view point?
“Yes definitely could see the fans [sic] viewpoint, but I mean I am 100% in every single game, every single practice, every single thing to just to get out their on the field. It was definitely a tough loss. I was hurting from it. Everyone was hurting from it. I mean you don’t work that hard all year to get to the final game and lose. It just hurts definitely. It just went on. I’m an easy going kind of guy. I try to get over things as soon as possible. Life just moved on. You gotta look into the future. I’m already looking into the future now and already grinding looking into the future for next season. I just move on with my life very quickly and just try to make the best of it.”
Fair enough. Gronkowski owns up to how his antics could have been perceived negatively by fans, understands that there’s not much he can do about it now and has made the correct decision to move on with his life and begin preparations for next season. If the Dance Floor Boogaloo is the worst thing Gronkowski does during his NFL career, Patriots fans should be very grateful. Although his excitement about being able to hang out with LMFAO certainly knocks him down a peg or two as far as coolness is concerned in my book. That “band” brings “suck” to an entirely new and embarrassing level.