Rob Gronkowski: I ‘would never’ put myself in jeopardy

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.”

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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.

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