FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he met with and apologized to team owner Robert Kraft after pictures of Gronkowski with an adult film star appeared on Twitter during the team's bye week.
"I didn’t intend anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of Robert Kraft," said Gronkowski. "That’s all, just a simple picture, that's all. From here on out, I’m just here to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the big game this weekend."
Pressed on the matter, Gronkowski tried to steer the conversation toward the Steelers. Asked if he had any regrets about the incident, Gronkowski reiterated his sentiment on the matter.
"[I was] not intending to hurt anyone or ruin the reputation of the New England Patriots in any way. [It's a] good organization here... I can't wait to get out to practice and focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s all I'm worried about, it's all I care about."
Gronkowski, who played his senior year of high school near Pittsburgh, scored three touchdowns in last year's win over Steelers. He said he's excited about going back to Heinz Field again this season with the opportunity to play in front of old friends. Much of his family also plans to make the trek down from upstate New York.
“It’s definitely fun going back to wherever you spent time before in your life,” said Gronkowski. “It’s fun going back and playing in front of some friends and family.”
Asked about how he ended up in Pittsburgh for his final year of high school, Gronkowski noted it was a long story. When a reporter said he had time, Gronkowski suggested to Google it. When the reporter shot back that he doesn’t trust anything on the Internet, Gronkowski ended his time with the media in appropriate fashion.
“Me neither,” he said with a smile before departing for a conference call with the Pittsburgh media.