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Rob Gronkowski feels ‘bad,’ apologizes for racially insensitive comment about Asian fan

11.15.13 at 2:13 pm ET
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FOXBORO — A humble Rob Gronkowski apologized for offending anyone with his comments on a video that went viral this week on TMZ.com. In the video, Gronkowski is seen calling an Asian man named “Joe” up to the stage in a restaurant and asking him to dance.

The fan, seen in the video wearing a Patriots No. 87 jersey, joked with Gronkowski and the crowd that he can’t dance but he can cook fried rice.

Gronkowski was seen in the video repeating the words of the man, creating an instant controversy.

On Friday, the Patriots tight end apologized for anyone who might have been offended by his comments, which appeared to be taken out of context in the TMZ video.

“I feel bad, personally,” Gronkowski said. “I feel bad. I talked to Joe and he assured me he took no offense in any way. I know others did and I apologize to those who took offense. He’s a good guy and he’s a friend of mine. He’s a good dude.”

Asked if he were tired of the videos that have gone viral involving famous athletes, Gronkowski replied, “I’m here to talk only about the Panthers.”

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