Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is congratulated by tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) after his touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 28-0. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
As you probably have heard by now, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is part of an investigation in a murder case. If you haven’t heard about this, then you might want to come out from under your rock and welcome yourself to the real world. This isn’t a good situation for Hernandez or the New England Patriots organization. He isn’t being questioned as the suspect, but he is still connected in this somehow. I don’t know how this is going to turn out, and hopefully he isn’t connected in the murder of a human being. However, even if he comes out innocent, I think that this whole ordeal is going to look really bad on Hernandez, and in turn the New England Patriots. However that isn’t what I want to talk about right now. What I want to talk about is how this compares to fellow tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
From the start of Gronkowski’s career, he has been criticized by the media for his lifestyle. He has been seen partying in Vegas, doing crazy shirtless dancing at a Super Bowl party, and doing wrestling moves with a broken forearm. That is just the type of guy he is, and he has been killed by the media for it. After he was seen partying yet again after the playoffs concluded, it was revealed that he would need another surgery on his forearm. The criticism of Gronk then went into overdrive, and his partying lifestyle was really being questioned. In my opinion, all of this criticism was really unwarranted because Gronk always produces on the football field. Another thing is the people that were saying the infection in his arm was caused by his partying lifestyle, did not know what the hell they were talking about. Gronk didn’t do anything that required him to get another surgery. It was just a freak accident that has taken a little longer than expected to totally heal up.
The main reason I am writing this, is to point out how ridiculous these Gronk issues are compared to the trouble that Hernandez now finds himself in. In some ways it is really funny to think about the way people were bashing Gronk now that we see what is happening with Hernandez. Hernandez isn’t being accused of “rocking with his boys too hard”. No, he is being questioned in a murder investigation. Now, I am not by any means accusing Hernandez of being a murderer. As of right now, all we know is he is being questioned in connection to the murder and that is all. But even that is so different from the question marks that Gronk has presented. We are talking about an actual murder investigation, not a guy that loves to have some fun with his friends. I think that we must all take a step back and realize how dumb it was to question Gronkowski, now that we have seen what is going on with Hernandez. No matter what happens in the rest of this murder case, I think that we have to understand that Gronkowski’s issues were not real issues at all. Hernandez is in the middle of a murder, and Gronkowski was in the middle of a bottle of beer. There is a very big difference between those two things, and hopefully everybody that criticized Gronk can now take a step back, and see that what he did, was really not a big deal.