“The four-day party took place on Norwegian Cruise Line, where Gronkowski’s fans and attendees can take full advantage of Norwegian’s famed ‘Casinos at Sea.’ Photos from the booze-cruise show fans gambling at the on-board casino,” the filing read, according to ProFootballTalk. “The NFL specifically knew about the party cruise and its ties to gambling for more than seven months leading up to the event; yet the NFL took no action to either discipline Rob Gronkowski or prevent the event from taking place.”
In addition to Romo’s company using the cruise as more ammunition to fire holes in the league’s stance on gambling, Gronkowski’s antics as a partier have opened up a discussion about the scrutiny on athletes for their extracurricular activities.
“Gronk is living the party rockstar lifestyle and no one objects and I have a hard time believing that that would be so if it were a different position, if it were the quarterback position,” ESPN’s Dan LeBatard said on his radio show Monday. “Is it the greatness? Is it because of performance? Because there are plenty of guys in sports who perform and if they behave like a jerk or a partier off the field, we worry about them or we shake a finger at them parentally.”
I heard from a different story that Gronkowski had an IV so he could not become dehydrated from hard drinking. At least Gronk didn’t kill anyone* or deflate any balls. I had some tears streaming down my face while watching the 2016 Divisional Round and the AFC Conference Championship game when I thought about the fact that my favorite Patriot would never play football again. I really found it disheartening to so commercials with Gronkowski in them.
So what do people think about Gronk’s party cruise?
*(Although I initially said then that there was no evidence of premeditation in Odin Lloyd’s murder (after only listening to the closing arguments once and being highly sympathetic to Hernandez), I listened to some of the witness testimony and considered the arguments closer, and now believe that there was strong evidence of premeditation as I know have a better understanding of the circumstances of the case. I arrived at that, even though I really wanted to believe he was innocent. I still believe verdict was absurd in saying that murder of Odin Lloyd was characterized by “extreme atrocity or cruelty”. I need to listen to the trial in order to form an opinion about the double murder.