Did Gronk up-stage the Pats with his return and ad campaign?

Did Gronk up-stage the Pats with his return and ad campaign?
October 18, 2013, 10:45 pm
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For weeks, fans have waited with angst for the return of Rob Gronkowski.

Maybe he'd return in week three against the Bucs...

He practiced, and looked good doing it, but he didn't play.

Maybe he'd play in Red Zone situations against the Falcons.

He practiced, and looked good doing it, but he didn't play.

He seemed likely to suit up for the marquee match up against the Saints.

He practice, and looked good doing it, but still he did not play.

And finally, for the division showdown with the Jets, Gronk's own agent Tweets that his client has been cleared to play.

And what's this you say? On the very same day, Gronk's new BodyArmor commercial is released?

Well what a coincidence...

What would the Patriots and, more importantly, Bill Belichick - the man who tolerates shenanigans about as well as... well there really isn't a comparable - think about this apparent up-staging?

"I can't imagine they're too happy," said Andy Hart. "To have an agent say a player's cleared and then [the ad campaign]. I don't think it's going to sit well with fans.

"It makes it look like [Gronk]'s been building up to this ad campaign."

The Patriots lost to the Bengals and didn't find the end zone. Could a big tight end have made a difference?

There's already been endless questioning about why Gronk isn't playing when by all reports he's been the best player on the practice field.

Steve Buckley says these kinds of actions are similar to those of Manny Ramirez.

"The fans loved it because he put up iconic numbers."

Will a few Gronk-spikes turn the ad-campaign into a long-distant memory?

What about now? Do you have a problem with the timing of Gronkowski's return and his new ad campaign?