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#pounditMonday, August 15, 2022

Rob Gronkowski confirms report about his retirement threat

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski confirmed an interesting report that emerged on Sunday morning.

Early on Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Detroit Lions were going to acquire Gronk in a trade with the New England Patriots. According to Schefter, the trade fell through because Gronk threatened to retire, saying he would refuse to play for anyone other than Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

After the Patriots lost to the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, Gronk confirmed the report was accurate and said he wouldn’t play without Brady.

Gronk had threatened to retire after the Super Bowl, and that was when he was a member of the Patriots, so it’s no surprise that he would have balked so strongly at an attempt by the Lions to acquire him.

Gronk had four catches for 51 yards on Sunday, which led the Patriots. That gives you an idea of how impotent the team was in the 26-10 loss.

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