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Rob Gronkowski: I’d be ‘cool’ with a gay teammate

07.18.12 at 9:52 am ET
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Two Rob Gronkowski items from the last couple of days to get your day started:

1) In a quick Q&A at the ESPY’€™s a few days ago in Los Angeles, Gronkowski was approached by Outsports’€™ Cyd Zeigler, who asked him, ‘€œHow would you feel if one of your teammates on the Patriots came out of the closet this season?’€

‘€œIf that’€™s how they are, that’€™s how they are,’€ Gronkowski said. ‘€œI mean, we’€™re teammates so, as long as he’€™s being a good teammate and being respectful and everything, that’€™s cool.’€

The exchange was part of an interesting blog post Zeigler has about attitudes toward homosexuality in the NFL. It’€™s well worth a read.

2) Our old pal Ian Rapoport caught up with Bay State native and former NHL star Jeremy Roenick in Tahoe for a celebrity golf tournament, and Roenick was effusive in his praise of the big Patriots tight end, saying that Gronk was ‘€œthe next best thing to Jesus Christ.’€

‘€œI’€™m a Patriots fan,’€ Roenick said. ‘€œI grew up in Boston. I’€™m a big Patriots fan, a big Wes Welker fan, a big Tom Brady fan. So, being from that area, the Gronk is the next best thing to Jesus Christ, in my opinion. (Laughs) So, That’€™s my team. Unfortunately, Indianapolis was my other team because Peyton Manning was very much a favorite of mine. And that just didn’€™t work well. Now he’€™s in Denver, but still a problem.’€

He’€™s also digs Wes Welker.

‘€œI like him because he’€™s a crazy son of a (gun),’€ Roenick added. ‘€œYou need to be to be his size and play the game the way he plays it. I just appreciate his mentality, appreciate his personality and the way he goes after it.’€

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