Rob Gronkowski jokes about Asian fan, dances some more


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The New England Patriots had a bye last week and that means only one thing: Rob Gronkowski is in the news!

The tight end kept to a busy schedule. At a Football 101 Women’s Clinic on Monday, he danced — oh, yes, he danced.

There were Gronktinis and Gronk explaining what a tight end is and good, clean fun.

On a far more serious note, in a video that first surfaced on TMZ.com, Gronk was shown joking about an Asian man who was wearing his No. 87 jersey in a video first show on TMZ.com. “They told me he could only cook fried rice,” Gronkowski told the crowd and later called the man “Leslie Chow right there,” referring to Ken Jeong’s “Hangover” character.

Even by Gronk’s standrds, that video is poorly timed. The NFL is dealing with the aftermath of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin incident in which the “N word” is liberally used and, during preseason, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was caught on video using the word at a Kenny Chesney concert.

And then there’s Gronk’s past history, which includes being asked by the team to tone it down after he was partying with coeds and porn stars after the Patriots’ loss in Super Bowl XLVI.

H/T For the Win

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Ben Sumner · November 12, 2013