Rob Gronkowski clarifies controversial Buccaneers playbook remark
Rob Gronkowski clarified his recent statement about receiving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ playbook even before he was traded to the team. According to Gronk, he was obviously joking.
In a tweet to set the record straight, Gronk admitted he was shocked that his remark on Bud Light Seltzer’s “Drafterparty” became a news item. He also emphasized that he just got the team-issued Microsoft Surface, hoping that it’s filled with the Buccaneers’ playbook.
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) April 30, 2020
As cited in our previous report, having the Buccaneers’ playbook is not a violation itself. However, they way he acquired it and when he did would be critical, as it could be considered tampering if Gronk was found to have discussions with Tampa Bay while under contract with the New England Patriots.
Here’s the NFL policy about it:
“Any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissibly induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL.”
The trade between the Buccaneers and the Patriots wasn’t made official until April 21. This means that prior to that, Rob Gronkowski’s rights — though he already retired — still belonged to the New England.
As of this writing, the league hasn’t commented on whether or not they’ll investigate the matter. However, fans don’t seem to be bothered since they’re already familiar with Gronk’s antics.