Patriots legend Julian Edelman shuts down ‘BS’ claim that ex-teammate Rob Gronkowski would party all night then ‘pass out on the practice tables’
- The claims were made by former Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette
- Edelman and Gronkowski played together in New England for nine seasons in the NE
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New England Patriots legendary receiver Julian Edelman has blasted a claim about former teammate Rob Gronkowski’s antics.
He responded to a Fox article that quoted former Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette as saying Gronkowski would “pass out on the practice tables in the Patriots practice room” after a late night.
Edelman responded to the article with a tweet saying, ‘Story is BS. Everyone wants to paint Gronk as a party animal. When in reality he was one of the most dedicated teammates I had.
Three-time Super Bowl champion Edelman played 11 seasons and 137 games in New England, compared to the eight games Bequette played in his two seasons with the Patriots. Bequette also didn’t register any tackles or defensive stats during his two-year career.
“We had all these key fobs that gave us 24/7 access to the Patriots facility in Foxborough, and during the offseason Gronk would go out all night with his boys in Boston, stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. it was, and have his team drop him off at the Patriots facility,” Bequette said on “Prime Time with Alex Stein.”
Julian Edelman called ‘BS’ on report in defense of ex-teammate Rob Gronkowski
Edelman and Gronkowski played together in New England for nine seasons with the Patriots
“And he would come in, like, staggering through the Patriots locker room, the keychain and pass out on the practice tables in the Patriots practice room.
“So an hour or two later when the coaches were coming in to start their work day, they would walk in there and see Gronk just laying on the practice table, just asleep.
“They would go over there, they wouldn’t wake him up, they would roll up one of his sleeves and, you know, put an IV in his arm.
The claims were made by former NE DE substitute Jake Bequette who played for two seasons
“After a few hours he would wake up like a resurrected Frankenstein and come out and kick ass.”
Gronkowski himself was never shy about enjoying a good time and even jokingly credited late nights with contributing to his success on the football pitch.
“Well, I carry my friends, you know, all over the bar. I hold them back. I lift. I loop them,’ he told Jimmy Fallon in January.
‘They’re on my back, I’m jumping up and down. I dance all the time. Kind of like Austin Butler. I turn around.