Rob Gronkowski addressed criticism stemming from his high-profile public partying in an appearance on ESPN Radio Wednesday.
Last month, Gronkowski appeared in grainy video dancing, his broken left arm covered in a wrist-to-elbow black cast, and then body-slamming a friend on a stage in Las Vegas. Some fans were angered that the tight end appeared to be risking another injury after twice breaking his arm, which then got infected and required a third surgical procedure.
But although he appreciates the sentiment, Gronkowski said he wouldn’t do anything to intentionally injure himself.
“They’re my fans. They’re big fans of the Patriots; they just want to see the team do well, and I totally understand where they don’t want me to put myself in jeopardy of getting hurt,” he said. “I would never do that, put myself in jeopardy. To the max, I love going out there every week to perform to best of my ability and I love going out there playing.”
As for what the Patriots’ reaction - Bill Belichick strongly hinted at the recent NFL meetings that he was not pleased - Gronkowski was mum.
“Whatever I talk about with the Patriots, we stay confidential. Coming from myself, I’ve gotta watch out, who’s out there, who’s watching everything,” he said. “Basically I just keep doing what I’ve been doing since Day One (as a football player). That’s what got me this far and I’m going to keep grinding hard, keep hustling.”
As for how he’s feeling, Gronkowski said he’s doing a lot better.
“Right now I’m just rehabbing, getting muscles around it stronger, get everything re-activated because it shuts down a little bit when it’s healing,” he said. “Just rehabbing and when trainers give me ‘good to go’, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, hopefully as soon as possible so I can get rolling again, get back in the weight room, get back on the field and do what I love doing, running around catching some balls,” he said.