By Danny Picard
BOSTON — In what was a major plug for Monster Energy and the sport of motorcycle racing, Gronkowski met with the media on Saturday at Gillette Stadium while promoting the Supercross event taking place inside the building that day.
There were football questions, of course. And rightfully so.
Gronkowski has not been present for the Patriots’ voluntary offseason workouts, and since the Super Bowl loss, his status for the 2018 season had been in question. Those questions began when he threatened retirement by planting a report that claimed there’s a chance he could walk away from the game and turn to either Hollywood or the WWE, as early as this offseason.
What began as a cheesy sponsorship plug on Saturday, ended as a slap in the face to Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, and his Patriots teammates who have been working out, voluntarily, across the hall.
That’s right, directly across the hall.
The Patriots locker room and workout facility is a stone’s throw away from the entrance to the media workroom that Gronkowski held his motocross press conference in, where he continued to threaten retirement and make jokes about working hard on his dirt-biking skills this offseason.
It was a horrible look for Gronkowski. And it was a big “F— you” to the organization that currently employs him.
But it was an even worse look for Tom Brady.