Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 2/8/12

Rob Gronkowski’s shirtless dancing after the Super Bowl loss has become one of the biggest postgame stories. Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison joined The Waddle & Silvy Show Wednesday and was told about the incident by the hosts. Harrison says that was the first he had heard about it, and he did not respond well.

“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, (Gronkowski) probably would have got his head rung. There’s no reason for that to happen,” Harrison said.

“When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt,” he added. “It’s just immaturity. It’s not right. He made a mistake and I’m sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There’s a time and place for everything.”

“The leadership has to step up and someone has to pull (Gronkowski) to the side and say, ‘Look young man, this is inappropriate, this is not the time nor the place. You need to grow up. And that’s what it comes down to. I like this kid. I think he’s a good kid, works hard, is unselfish. But he made a mistake …”

You wonder how someone who hadn’t seen the pictures or video could have commented so harshly, but I guess that’s Rodney (or he’s not telling the truth). Harrison believes Bill Belichick was probably disappointed and that he probably dealt with Gronk.

Again, tearing my shirt off and dancing around probably isn’t the way I would have reacted to a loss, but I also didn’t have the best season ever by a tight end. Translation: whatever Gronk’s been doing has been working for him. It’s just the public perception that makes it looks bad.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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