“I was in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers playbook four weeks ago, and I wasn’t even on the team,”
Rob Gronkowski announced that he was coming out of his retirement and returning to football, but he didn’t want to play with the New England Patriots, he wanted to join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.
During an appearance on Bud Light Seltzer’s “Drafterparty,” Gronkowski said that he had the Buccaneers’ playbook while he was still technically under contract with the Patriots:
“I was in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers playbook four weeks ago, and I wasn’t even on the team,” said Gronkowski.
Having the playbook isn’t the issue, it’s how Gronkowski got the playbook.
As Gronkowski was telling the world about this “hilarious” little antidote, Bruce Arians probably let out a tired little groan. Maybe Gronk has been out of football for too long, but somebody from the league may be asking him how he obtained the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playbook while he was still an employee of the New England Patriots.
Having the playbook isn’t the issue, it’s how Gronkowski got the playbook. If the Buccaneers gave the playbook to Gronk then it’s considered tampering.
The Patriots did not respond to a request for comment.
Though it’s more than likely somebody in the Buccaneers organization gave Gronk the playbook, they may escape punishment because proving it could be too difficult. Unless a text message or email was sent, Tampa Bay will probably get away with it.
Gronkowski should think before he speaks, obviously he didn’t think about the possible ramifications, and maybe these little inside jokes should be kept to himself.
In the video below Ray Rauth from DPN Sports Talk - Live on SportsCastr and ClutchPoints discussed how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempted to trade O.J. Howard and had the trade fall through. Now the Buccaneers seem fine going forward with Howard until 2021, the Bucs picked up Howard’s fifth year option.