FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski made headlines for the wrong reasons this week when a video of the Patriots tight end making insensitive remarks to an Asian fan surfaced on TMZ.
He said his mea culpa Friday.
"I feel bad. Personally, I feel bad," he told reporters after practice. "And I talked to [the fan] Joe and he assured me he took no offense in any way. And I know others did, and I apologize to those who took offense."
Gronkowski was hosting a watch party at Patriots Place's Bar Louie last Sunday. Footage from the event showed Gronkowski saying “They told me he could only cook fried rice” to the man, who was wearing a number 87 Patriots jersey. Gronkowski also called him “Leslie Chow,” Ken Jeong’s character in The Hangover.
In Friday's interview, he insisted the two are on familiar terms: "[Joe's] a good guy, he's a friend of mine. He's a good dude."
Gronkowski was asked if he's frustrated with frequently showing up in the news for various off-field affairs.
"Yes," he admitted before closing the book. "I'm here to talk about the Carolina Panthers now."