This picture of Rob Gronkowski with porn actress Bibi Jones is causing somewhat of a stir
There are two reasons that New England Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski has become adored by the Patriots fans. The main reason is that Rob Gronkowski is an absolute beast on the football field. He moves like a wide-receiver, is as large as a middle-linebacker and is a match-up nightmare all over the field. Defensive backs can’t defend him because he is simply bigger than them and linebackers can’t cover him because he’s too fast for them. Whenever Gronk is on the field it always seems like he is giving 100% on the field.
The other reason he is loved is because he is one of the few athletes in the sport that is open about his personal life and who he is. Similar to Chad Ochocinco, Rob Gronkowski runs a twitter account and is more than happy to share what is on his mind. In a sport where many athletes are closed and reserved, Rob Gronkowski is open. As long as he doesn’t say or do something offensive, people should have no problem with it.
But today, Rob Gronkowski had to apologize for something he did on twitter. Funny because I follow Gronk on twitter (plug alert: I’m @bostonsbettah) and I hadn’t seen anything in the past few days that was controversial or potentially damaging.
The controversial thing he did was take a picture with porn actress Bibi Jones and post a picture of it on twitter. Apparently, that is controversial. My understanding is that the controversy stems from the fact that she is wearing his jersey.
Okay… and so?
Look, here’s the thing. What happened between the two is not 100% known. Assumptions can be made and have been made. Anyone usually assumes if the woman is wearing the guys shirt, it probably means they had sex. But nothing he did was controversial, at least to me. Did he tweet about what exactly what went on between the two of them during the bye week? No. Did he tweet a picture of them having sex? No. All he did was tweet a picture of him with a porn actress. Boo, ‘effing, hoo.
Today’s society we are somewhat hypocritical. We have twitter accounts and facebook pages and follow all these athletes and celebrities because we want to know more about their lives. We want to know who these people are and what they do and what they enjoy. Some athletes are really boring on these accounts, but Gronk is different. Gronk wants people to know who he is and what he’s doing and what’s about. He loves life, he loves football and would probably play the game for free. He hasn’t said or shown something offensive through his account. If we follow Gronk on twitter, we want to know what he’s about. If we don’t like what he tweets, we simply don’t follow him.
I guess the controversy is that he’s a public figure and should be a good example and to this I say “no”. Not everyone, especially not athletes, should be an example of who we should be or be our role models. In fact, when I think of Gronk, I think that the opposite is true. Gronkowski is a star, a public figure and he acts like any of us, a normal guy. What normal guy wouldn’t tweet a picture of themselves with a porn star? Gronkowski doesn’t let the star power go to his head. He just acts like a normal guy despite evidence to the contrary that he isn’t. Isn’t that something somewhat admirable?
To that I say, Rob Gronkowski doesn’t need to apologize. He’s just a normal guy doing anything a normal early 20′s guy would do despite the fact that he isn’t normal.