Patriots Rob Gronkowski Speaks Out On Fan Criticism

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March 29, 2013 at 12:34pm ET

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Rob Gronkowski's had an interesting offseason so far. (FILE:USPresswire)

It's been an interesting offseason for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was caught on video performing a wrestling move in a Las Vegas night club back in February.

The video ended up online, riling a fan base that watched New England's Super Bowl chances dwindle after he re-injured that arm during the Divisional Round against Houston. Watching him later using that same arm (still shown in a cast in the video) had quite a few people a little irritated, leading to some criticism of the veteran tight end.

Gronkowski told ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" in a recent interview that he understood where they were coming from.

"They're looking out for ... they're big fans of the Patriots and they just want to see the team do well. I totally understand where the fans are coming [from], where they don't want [me] to put myself in jeopardy of getting hurt. I totally understand that. I would never do that, put myself in jeopardy."

Gronkowski said his arm is definitely improving and that he's feeling better.

"I'm doing a lot better, definitely," said Gronkowski. "Feeling a lot better. My arm is feeling way better than it was during the playoffs and regular season when I broke it."