New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has explained and apologized for photos of him and adult film star BiBi Jones that surfaced during the Patriots’ bye week.

“I didn't send anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of [owner] Robert Kraft,” Gronkowski said. “That's all, just a simple picture, that's all. From here on out, I'm just here to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the big game this weekend.”

One photo shows a shirtless Gronkowski and Jones, who is wearing his jersey. (You can see another photo here.) Jones, in an appearance on 98.5 the Sports Hub on Monday, indicated that nothing happened (“I wish something happened, but nothing happened.”) between the two, who were were introduced by a mutual friend in Arizona.

“I went into the room to take a picture with him and he said, ‘Put on my jersey,’ ” Jones, a frequent “Howard Stern”guest, said. (Listen here.) “I asked him, ‘Can I put these on my Twitter?’ He was cool with it because I have more Twitter followers than him and he wanted me to get him more Twitter followers.”

Oh, sure. Blame Twitter.

At least people in New England — for a change — weren’t discussing Tom Brady’s hair or photos of him with a goat.

“I'm just glad I'm no longer the one that people are making fun of on my team on a daily basis,” Brady said on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan Show.” (Listen here.) “Gronk has definitely pulled into the lead there.”

Brady, who spent his bye week with his wife and child in the Bahamas, joked that Gronkowski always carries something called “The Gronkowski Travel Pack,” which includes a jersey and football. “He has more fun than anybody, I'll tell you that,” Brady said. “He doesn't miss a fun day.”

Like all fun, though, it’s about to skid to a stop, Brady said. “[Coach Bill Belichick] talks to us every time we head out for an extended vacation about our decision-making and so forth, so I'm sure he'll have something to say to Rob.”

Say this for Gronkowski: His bye week looks like it’s gonna trump Jay Cutler’s.