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From the Hart: Harrison rips into Gronk

By now most Patriots fans have seen the video of Rob Gronkowski, his brothers and teammates dancing at New England’s Super Bowl XLVI postgame party in Indianapolis.

The early-morning-hours exhibition has been the topic of much debate in the media in the days since New England's loss in the big game.

Personally, I have no problem with what Gronkowski and others did. I'm not the type of person who tells someone else how to mourn, how to come down from arguably the most stressful situation of their career.

Gronkowski and the rest of his teammates put everything they had into their job over the previous six months. They came up short of their ultimate goal. Nothing they did in the hours following the loss could change the end result. Nor did it relate in any way to the effort they put fourth into preparing to take on the Giants or the way they played on the field.

Everyone has a right to unwind in almost any way they deem fit after such an event.

But former Patriots captain and current NBC analyst Harrison doesn't feel nearly the same way. The two-time New England Super Bowl champion went on ESPN radio in Chicago and lashed out a bit at New England's young All-Pro tight end.

"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," Harrison said, though he apparently admitted he hadn't seen the video. "There's no reason for that to happen.

"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. 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."

Harrison went on to admit that he was surprised that veteran left tackle Matt Light was a part of the shirtless dancing on stage.

"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,'" Harrison said. "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 ...

"There's a certain way of representing yourself and your family and that's not the right way."

Harrison speculated that the issue would be something that will be addressed at some point in New England.

"That's something internally that they're going to have to deal with," he said. "I'm sure Bill Belichick is addressing it. I'm sure he's very disappointed about that."

What did you think about Gronkowski's dancing? Much ado about nothing? Or, do you agree with Harrison? Let us know with a comment below!

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