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Rob Gronkowski will reportedly appear in ‘Entourage’ movie

Rob Gronkowski spikeNow that the main cast from HBO’s hit series “Entourage” has all signed on to star in an upcoming film version of the show, the producers are working to put together a bang-up supporting cast. With the latest addition reportedly being New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, they’ve sure got our approval.

According to TMZ, Gronkowski’s theatrical manager Henry Penzi said Gronk is expected to make an appearance as himself in the “Entourage” movie. A number of well-known athletes such as Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and Michael Phelps appeared in the “Entourage” series over the years, so Gronk will likely just be making a cameo rather than playing any type of significant role.

Earlier this week, rumors surfaced that Kate Upton could potentially play the female lead in the movie. That was enough to get us excited, but the addition of Gronkowski makes it that much better.

And hey, the Gronkowski brothers are currently pitching an animated series around Hollywood. Maybe this will help Rob get his foot in the door. We’ll cross our fingers.

 

Rob Gronkowski mocks Asian fan: ‘They told me he could only cook fried rice’ (Video)

Rob-Gronkowski-shirtlessNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski held a friendly Q&A with fans at Bar Louie Restaurant in Foxboro on Sunday night. During said Q&A, Gronk reminded us of why Bill Belichick must hold his breath every time the 24-year-old makes a public appearance.

At one point, Gronkowski began poking fun at a fan who started dancing. The fan, who happened to be Asian, was wearing Gronk’s jersey. After the gentleman entertained everyone by cutting a rug, Gronkowski made a regrettable comment into the microphone.

“They told me he could only cook fried rice,” Gronk said.

The remark was followed by some awkward laughing. Rather than stopping there, Gronkowski called the man “Leslie Chow,” referencing Ken Jeong’s character in “The Hangover.” Yikes.

One of the people who was hosting the event then took the microphone to remind everyone that they signed a waiver saying they would turn over any cell phone footage they took, though it sounded like the guy was joking. In any event, it was a poor choice of words from Gronkowski. Damn Gronk — always up to no good.

The Gronkowski brothers are pitching an animated series called ‘The Gronks’ (Video)

Rob-Gronkowski-cartoonI honestly don’t even know where to begin with this. Deadspin got a hold of a three-minute video clip on Tuesday that revealed that Rob Gronkowski and his brothers are shopping an animated TV show around Hollywood. The five brothers — Rob, Gordy Jr., Chris, Dan and Glenn would be turned into cartoon characters along with their old man Gordy (aka Papa Gronk) and their adventures would be based on events from their real lives.

And oh man, are there plenty of television-worthy events.

Where should we begin? There’s that time Rob, a “trouble maker” in school, once sent his teacher an email telling her to “suck his d—.” Or how about the time one or more of the brothers took some Viagra at a pool party just to “walk around the pool party where 1,000 people are with a semi-boner?”

How can a network not buy this? The only beef I have with the show is that I don’t understand why it has to be a cartoon. I’d much rather see a reality TV show involving the Gronkowski brothers and their wrestling matches in Las Vegas or shirtless partying. Altough, this is probably a better way to do it that will allow them to not be distracted from their NFL careers.

Rob Gronkowski announces return with energy drink advertisement (Video)

Rob-Gronkowski-69-shirtNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could never just return to game action. If we have learned anything from watching the 24-year-old meathead over the last couple of years, it’s that his personality is larger than life. So of course he announced his return with an energy drink advertisement on YouTube.

On Friday morning, news surfaced that Gronk has officially been cleared by all of his doctors and will play on Sunday against the New York Jets. A few hours later, a dramatic video documenting Gronkowski’s return to action presented by BODYARMOR SuperDrink started making its way around the internet.

Our favorite part? Easily the shots of Gronk pumping iron in a shirt that says “BEASTTT” across the front and has the number — you guessed it — 69 on the back. The promotion was serious in nature, but that didn’t stop it from being incredibly Gronk. Assuming Gronk can get up to speed quickly when he takes the field again, he should be back to spiking action figures in no time.

H/T Deadspin

Rob Gronkowski reportedly cleared by all doctors, will play Sunday against Jets

Rob Gronkowski spikeStop us if you have heard this before — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to play against the New York Jets this Sunday. The same was said of Gronk’s status before last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, and we know how that turned out. This time, however, the word has come directly from Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus.

“Rob has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game,” Rosenhaus reportedly told Pro Football Talk on Friday morning.

Unless Rosenhaus is creating even more drama, this should end what has been an annoying roller coaster for the Patriots and their fans through the first six games of the season. Last week, a number of varying reports surfaced regarding Gronk’s health. There was speculation that some of Gronkowski’s teammates were growing frustrated with him for being able to go hard in practice and not suiting up on game day. His mother later said he is “dying to play” and is bothered by the fact that he had to sit out.

And then there was the report about money being a factor in Gronkowski’s decision to not return, which is always a great way to raise the blood pressure of a fan base. Assuming what Rosenhaus said is true, doctors must be confident Gronk’s surgically-repaired forearm and back have fully healed.

It would not be a surprise if Gronkowski’s snaps are limited against the Jets, though he should instantly help New England’s offense even if they are. The Patriots have struggled to come away with touchdowns in the red zone, and Gronk is one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets inside the 10-yard line. It would be tough to imagine Gronkowski not giving his team an immediate boost.

Money is reportedly a factor in Rob Gronkowski’s decision to sit out

Rob Gronkowski spikeAnother week has gone by and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has yet to make his 2013 debut. The team obviously expected him back by now, otherwise they would have put him on the physically unable to perform list and not wasted a roster spot on him through Week 6. According to the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, the Patriots believe Gronk is ready to return and have left the decision “squarely” in his hands.

So what’s the holdup? Given Gronkowski’s extensive injury history, it is reasonable to assume that he is worried about his contract. Gronkowski recently signed a $55 million contract extension that runs through the 2019 season. However, Volin pointed out that the Patriots have flexibility that would allow them to avoid paying up to $41 million of that deal if they cut ties with Gronk before the 2015 season.

Gronkowski’s $3.75 million base salary and $250,000 workout bonus for 2014 are guaranteed. However, his $4.75 million base salary for 2015 only becomes fully guaranteed if Gronkowski is on the team after the fifth day of the league year, which is sometime in March of 2015. If he has not been effective because of injuries, New England can cut him and save $5.35 million in cap space for 2015.

A similar scenario would arise after the 2015 season, even if the Patriots keep Gronk’s $4.75 million on the books for that season. New England has until the last day of the 2015 league year, sometime in March of 2016, to decide whether to pay Gronkowski a $10 million option bonus and continue paying the remaining $27 million on his contract.

Of course, the Patriots are not looking for a way out of Gronkowski’s contract. They signed him to a massive extension because they expect the 24-year-old to be a focal point of their offense for years to come. However, Gronk is playing (or not playing) for the league minimum of $630,000 this season. If he feels sitting out longer will help protect him from further injury and secure his financial future — even if his mom insists he is dying to get back onto the field — Gronk may do just that.

Rob Gronkowski’s mom says son is ‘dying to play’

Rob Gronkowski spikeRob Gronkowski did not dress on Sunday and missed his sixth straight game of the season as he awaits medical clearance to return from multiple surgeries. Gronk has been practicing with his New England Patriots teammates, leading them to wonder why the tight end still hasn’t suited up in a game. It’s understandable from Gronk’s perspective why he wants to wait for his forearm to be fully healed this time before he goes out and plays, but make no mistake about it — not being able to play is killing him. At least that’s what his mother says.

“All I can say is Robbie is dying to play. He wants to get out there,” Diane Gronkowski told The Boston Herald. “He’s doing what he has to do to get back playing. He doesn’t like it. He wants to play. It really bothers him that he’s not playing.”

Rob apparently wanted to play back in Week 2, which is when the team cleared him to play. But it’s believed that Dr. James Andrews has been consulted on the matter and is responsible for giving Gronkowski clearance to play. Gronk still hasn’t been cleared by Andrews, which explains why he hasn’t played.

Regardless of how the team feels about the matter, I absolutely believe Gronk wants to be out there. And I think he is doing the right thing by waiting. The team didn’t take care of him after he broke his forearm last year and now they’re seeing the consequences. Imagine if he came back too quickly again and broke his forearm for the third time? How would the team feel then? It’s still early enough in the year where they can survive without him and wait until he’s ready. This is the kind of discipline the Redskins needed last year when Robert Griffin III continued to play on his peg leg.