Rob Gronkowski is once again making the kind of headlines that make most New England Patriots fans cringe:
- NESN: "Rob Gronkowski Impersonates Jake 'the Snake' Roberts, Wrestles with Broken Forearm in Las Vegas (Video)"
You get the point.
TMZ captured video footage of the Patriots star tight end dancing shirtless on the stage of a Las Vegas nightclub with friends like he was auditioning for an MTV reality series to replace the recently concluded Jersey Shore. The video, to no surprise, has gone viral and is once again bringing to question Gronk's off-field behavior and commitment to football.
Well, it may have something to do with Gronk's choice of dance moves. When the fist pumps and Elvis-like pelvic thrusts got old, Gronk changed it up with a body slam of one of his friends.
The move may have been a crowd-pleaser in Vegas but back in Foxborough, many Patriots fans are shaking their heads and wondering what Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft think of the tight end's off-season behavior.
What was more alarming than Gronk's dance moves, however, was that he landed on his twice broken forearm while performing the body slam of his friend on stage. Fortunately, at least in the moment, Gronk did not miss a beat as he sprung back up and began jumping around with his buddies ... arm intact and fist pumping again.
While some would like to think it is Gronk simply showing he's OK and the broken forearm has recovered to the point that he can lift a grown man and slam him to the ground.
However, this incident will undoubtedly be chalked up as another "Gronk being Gronk" off-season moment. There's no doubt Gronk's off-season behavior can raise more than a few eyebrows in New England but it's easy to forget he's just a 23-year-old enjoying his newfound fame and fortune the only way a 23-year-old knows how ... by partying.
That doesn't excuse the behavior seen in the TMZ video above or risking his health and commitment to the New England Patriots but it should still be noted that Gronk still has plenty of growing up to do.
We saw something similar to the Vegas nightclub incident following last year's Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants when Gronkowski was seen at a post-Super Bowl party jumping (or dancing) on his injured ankle with teammates. To no one's surprise Gronk caught some heat for the post Super Bowl partying but that did not slow the tight end down.
That incident last February began what many referred to as the "Summer of Gronk," which the Patriots promptly ended in July when training camp opened.
There seems to be two trains of thought on "Gronk Being Gronk." In one corner, we have those who say Gronkowski is entitled to live his life the way he wants and show his age. The other side says Gronkowski should not be seen behaving like this in public because he is a role model to many children and a professional athlete.
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