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Rob Gronkowski weighs in on racial issues, tensions in U.S.

Rob Gronkowski obviously has cultivated a party-hearty reputation and wears it as a quasi-badge of honor. But that doesn’t mean that the New England Patriots tight end can’t weigh in on serious issues and provide thoughtful and insightful thoughts on such matters.

Gronkowski recently took part in an interview on MooseTV channel on Class Act Sports during which he was asked about racial tensions currently plaguing the U.S. Naturally, Gronkowski expressed his thoughts from a football perspective.

“I just feel like evil will always just destroy itself,” Gronkowski said, as transcribed by NESN. “In sports, a team is surrounded with people with different backgrounds, with different races, with different religion. And you know how in order for a team to win is everyone comes together. And I feel like that’s what the USA represents — everyone just needs to come together in order to win, just like sports teams.

“I always relate sports to real-life situations because, in order to see a business, you got to all come together as a team, as one unit, in order to succeed. If everyone’s doing their own little thing, then guess what? You ain’t going to come together and form one and be stronger. If everyone’s on the same page, it don’t matter what race, what background, what religion you are, if everyone just comes together like a good, solid football team, baseball team, no matter what it is, whatever sport, everyone comes together and that’s how you win games. … It’s easy.”

The way Gronkowski framed his interesting opinion probably makes a lot of sense to a lot of people, including his NFL–playing colleagues. Suffice to say, when one heard that Gronk weighed in on racial tensions in the United States during an interview, odds are most folks didn’t expect him to belie his frat-boy reputation and articulate things as well as he did.