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October 27, 2011

Picturing Rob Gronkowski with a porn star: Rob Gronkowski is a certified force in the red zone. He was only red faced today. The second-year tight end found himself offering a public explanation for his role in an embarrassing -- but seemingly harmless -- episode while the Patriots were off last weekend.

posted by BornIcon to football at 09:49 AM - 18 comments

With the Pats coming to Pittsburgh this week, Hopefully Robs mind will be on other things. Tightends and Brady kill the Steelers.

posted by Debo270 at 10:09 AM on October 27

It's awfully prudish for the Patriots to force Gronkowski to apologize for a harmless photo.

A baseball agent used this same porn star to bait the hook with players he was recruiting after Arizona Diamondbacks games in 2010 and she slept with "definitely over 10" of them.

posted by rcade at 10:14 AM on October 27

Hopefully Rob is shooting penicillin down to his junk out of those double pistols he's holding.

posted by NoMich at 10:15 AM on October 27

The link's a little sparse, did he actually apologize for that picture? I was expecting something at least mildly risque. Who would the wronged party be that he would be apologizing to?

posted by tron7 at 10:29 AM on October 27

There is another picture out there of him completely shirtless and her wearing his jersey.

posted by grum@work at 11:06 AM on October 27

Who would the wronged party be that he would be apologizing to?

I'm assuming it is Kraft. The owner wants to send these players out to build goodwill in the community, and to represent the Pats. It helps to be bland with an extra dose of "family values."

posted by bperk at 11:16 AM on October 27

Well, this is certainly embarrassing for the Patriots. When your owner makes a player apologize for a harmless photo the whole organization looks silly.

posted by tron7 at 11:28 AM on October 27

So is the whole uproar because she's a porn star? If we replaced her with, say, Scarlet Johannson, would it then be OK?

posted by MeatSaber at 12:02 PM on October 27

This kind of stuff is supposed to happen right before the Pats go to NJ to play the Jets.

The online stories that had the shirtless photo have pulled it and subbed in stock game action shots, etc.

Sporting News was one of them.

Thanks, rcade, for the link to the story from "Business Insider". Warmed my heart. They must have run it in their Junk Bonds section.

Notable among Ms. B.J.'s alleged encounters was one Dan Uggla. Food for thought.

My favorite quote from the reportage:

She said she ended her association with the agent because "I got into a relationship and it was hard to explain why I was going out every night."

posted by beaverboard at 12:58 PM on October 27

Here's the photo along with lots of others lovingly compiled by Busted Coverage.

posted by rcade at 01:05 PM on October 27

So is the whole uproar because she's a porn star? If we replaced her with, say, Scarlet Johannson, would it then be OK?

I think so because those pictures are pretty G rated. Maybe it's this particular porn star with a reputation for athlete-lovin'.

posted by bperk at 01:38 PM on October 27

Maybe it's this particular porn star with a reputation for athlete-lovin'

OK, so instead of ScarJo, replace her with pre-marriage Alyssa Milano, who was known for her love of all things athlete. Same uproar?

posted by MeatSaber at 02:00 PM on October 27

When deciding whether or not to pose with a female you first need to ask yourself if Tim Tebow would pose for this picture. WWTD! So, porn star? Heavens, no. Alyssa Milano? Depends what she's wearing. I assume this is the advice Gronkowski got from Kraft.

posted by tron7 at 02:32 PM on October 27

His pants were still on, what's the big deal?

Yes, I understand the Patriots have an image they try to uphold, quite in contrast to that of some teams that seem to promote an image of toughness or worse, but Gronkowski's only fault in this was not understanding who he was posing with and why she might have singled him out.

posted by Howard_T at 03:22 PM on October 27

His pants were still on, what's the big deal?

The snarky response is "don't strip clubs run on NFL players' wages?"

The less snarky response, following gperk's point, is that her reputation appears to precede her, and that while the relationship between NFL teams and their contracted players is different from that of colleges to their players, the stuff about agents and the implied quid pro quo is going to set off alarm bells in any front office.

(Consider, for instance, the drawn-out case of Ryan Giggs and the allegations of blackmail.)

posted by etagloh at 04:22 PM on October 27

I am shocked, SHOCKED that an NFL player would use his celebrity to be associated with adult actresses!

(On the other hand, for Arizona, isn't she pretty much average?)

posted by Bonkers at 04:38 PM on October 27

Get a life media, would you rather have him getting caught with guns in a bar or dealing drugs? Worry about what he does on the football field and leave his private life along.

posted by ic23b at 07:07 PM on October 27

If you can't hang around with porn stars, what's even the point of being an NFL player?

posted by Joey Michaels at 12:38 AM on October 28

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