Posted July 16, 2012

Report: Patriots tell Rob Gronkowski to tone down his behavior

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The Patriots have reportedly asked Rob Gronkowski to cool it a bit, a week after he appeared nude on ESPN’s The Body Issue. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

After a week in which ESPN revealed Rob Gronkowski posed for one of The Body Issue covers and after an offseason of attention-grabbing off-the-field antics, the New England Patriots have reportedly asked Gronkowski to tone down his behavior.

The report comes from The Boston Globe‘s Shalise Manza Young on Sunday:

After posing nude for ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue” and partying at events for the issue and the ESPYs (Gronkowski was up for two awards but was shut out), and co-hosting “Access Hollywood Live” in recent days — things that seem un-Patriot-like — don’t be surprised if he lays low for the next couple of weeks.

Via a league source, Gronkowski has been told by the team that his summer of Gronk, so to speak, is over.

After the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants in February, Gronkowski took some heat for video that surfaced of him and center Matt Light partying and dancing at a post-Super Bowl party. He danced on stage despite a high-ankle sprain that limited him in the Super Bowl.

Earlier this week, Gronkowski told Access Hollywood that he hoped the Patriots would “forget” about The Body Issue cover by the time training camp began.

Still, Gronkowski’s wild ways didn’t stop the Patriots this offseason from giving him the richest contract ever to a tight end — six years, $54 million.