Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Updated: October 27, 12:08 PM ET
Rob Gronkowski sorry for pictures
By Chris Forsberg
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he apologized to team owner Robert Kraft after pictures of him 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."
Adult film star BiBi Jones posted photos of herself in Gronkowski's jersey standing with the tight end, who is shirtless.
She appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Monday and said that the two of them share a mutual friend who played football with him at Arizona. Gronkowski was in Arizona at the time.
"I went into the room to take a picture with him and he said, 'Put on my jersey,'" Jones said to the radio station. "I asked him, 'Can I put these on my Twitter?' He was cool with it because I have more Twitter followers than him and he wanted me to get him more Twitter followers."
Jones added that nothing happened between the two of them, adding: "I wish something happened, but nothing happened."
Gronkowski appeared on The Sports Hub Thursday morning and said he just bumped into Kraft and they spoke.
"I wasn't asked to apologize to anyone," he told the "Toucher and Rich Show." "I just saw Mr. Kraft in the hallway. We had a brief discussion and that's all it was."
Gronkowski said that Kraft offered him advice which he appreciated. Gronkowski described the advice as "just be careful, just always watch out."
Pressed on the matter Wednesday, Gronkowski had 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," he said. "[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 Pittsburgh. 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.
Chris Forsberg covers the Patriots and Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.