BOSTON -- Logan Mankins is one of the Patriots' captains, a senior presence in the locker room who often sets the tone for teammates.
When it comes to the recent headlines generated by tight end Rob Gronkowski, he doesn't have a problem.
"I know we are referring to Gronk and partying and doing wrestling moves and stuff. I think Gronk's having fun," Mankins said Tuesday during a charitable appearance at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center.
"The headlines might not be what a lot of people want, but at least he's not getting DUIs or doing things that are against the law. I don't think he's hurting anyone.
"Hopefully he doesn't hurt his arm because then that would be bad. You know Gronk, he is a big meathead that likes to party and play football. I think that's what he's doing.
"When he starts breaking the law, then that would be definitely something we'd have to look into."
More from Mankins and his appearance today in a bit, as he answered questions from Patriots.com, the Boston Herald and ESPNBoston.