Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison decided to chime in on the antics of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowki after their Super Bowl loss to the Giants on Sunday night.
Harrison stated that Gronkowski “disrespected himself” by taking off his shirt during the Patriots’ post-game party.
“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, (Gronkowski) probably would have got his head rung,” said Harrison on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “There’s no reason for that to happen.”
“When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt,” he added. “It’s just immaturity. It’s not right. He made a mistake and I’m sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There’s a time and place for everything.”
Harrison believes the leadership within the Patriots locker room needs to step up.
“The leadership has to step up and someone has to pull (Gronkowski) to the side and say, ‘Look young man, this is inappropriate, this is not the time nor the place. You need to grow up,’” Harrison said. “And that’s what it comes down to. I like this kid. I think he’s a good kid, works hard, is unselfish. But he made a mistake …
“There’s a certain way of representing yourself and your family and that’s not the right way.”
Harrison is confident that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will likely address the situation with Gronkowski.
“That’s something internally that they’re going to have to deal with,” he said. “I’m sure Bill Belichick is addressing it. I’m sure he’s very disappointed about that.”Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone