Rob Gronkowski has spoken out about the fight which somewhat marred the end of Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots won out in Arizona thanks to a last-minute interception by undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler, and shortly after both teams engaged in a huge scuffle.
Seahawks' Bruce Irvin was ejected for his part in the brawl and Patriots tight-end and star player Rob Gronkowski was lucky not to be sent to the sidelines as well after landing a few haymakers on his opponents.
Gronk's fight talk
Like his teammates, Gronkowski certainly got lucky but on Monday night during an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Gronk wasn't about to apologize. In fact, the NFL's best tight-end revealed that at that point in the game he didn't care about the damage he was doing and just let loose with his fists.
“I got pushed or something, and I was like, ‘Screw it, it's the last game of the year, I’m throwing some haymakers,” Gronkowski explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“They just started coming at us. We were just trying to take a knee. [It] just happens; it’s football. Just emotions [some] going. It’s football, things happen."
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When you look back and watch the video on THIS LINK, it's clear that Gronkowski throws the first (very tame) open palm punch. Gronk obviously found the incident funny by answering one of Kimmel's question with a "Roger, don't fine me. I've got to buy a new party bus."
Collinsworth slams Gronk
Now Gronk may think the whole incident is laughable post-game, but at the time, Super Bowl commentator Cris Collinsworth was not impressed at all.
"From Seattle's standpoint, whatever. But from New England's standpoint, you're 18 seconds away from a Super Bowl championship. You don't throw a punch at anybody here."
At the end of the day for Gronk, who can really blame him? He will have been taking hits all year from defenders and with the game essentially over, it's hardly surprising that he took a few shots at the loudest and meanest defense in football. It's pretty dumb of him to admit that he laid some haymakers on his opponents, but that's pretty much his only crime.