Rob Gronkowski on end-game fight: ‘Screw it, I’m throwing some haymakers’
By Eric Edholm – Feb 2, 2015
Things got ugly in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLIX, with a fight breaking out between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
Frankly, we are a little surprised this story hasn’t received a little more traction, but most people seem to be chalking it up to the Seahawks’ frustration over losing the game in heartbreaking fashion while the Patriots attempted to take a game-ending kneeldown.
It did, however, result in the first-ever Super Bowl ejection, with the Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin being sent to the showers in the final few seconds. Several players were involved in the fracas, including the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, who was a guest on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Gronk explained what happened, saying that once things started to escalate, he left it all on the line in the season’s final game.
Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Players scuffle during the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
“It’s all good. I mean, it’s all good. They played ball, they’re a hardworking team, and we just came out and did what we did to get the win.”
Perhaps realizing that he was subjecting himself to a fine from the league by admitting culpability, Gronk attempted a last-ditch explanation for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) scuffle near the end of the game in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
“Roger, that wasn’t me,” Gronkowski said.
Thankfully, no one appeared to get seriously hurt in the incident, but Gronk did manage to throw a guy out of the club. Now he’s in the midst of conducting what we assume is a three-day bender to celebrate the Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl title, and Gronk’s first.
Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports