NFL Racism Continues With Rob Gronkowski Asian Comments
The NFL has continued to find itself embroiled in controversy related to racist statements. The latest player to come under fire is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was caught on tape last week making racially insensitive comments towards an Asian man.
TMZ Sports posted the footage of Gronkowski speaking at a bar in Foxborough, Mass., as he mocked an Asian man who was wearing his No. 87 jersey. Taking the microphone, he referred to the man as “Leslie Chow” and said, “They told me he could only cook fried rice.” After the racist comment, a person working at the event informs the crowd that all cell phone video is to be left with organizers.
This isn’t the first time Gronkowski had found himself in trouble for bad behavior. A 2011 photo of himself with a porn star appeared on the woman’s Twitter feed and he was spotted dancing at nightclubs on two separate occasions when he claimed to have injuries which caused him to miss game. The Patriots reportedly asked him to tone down his behavior last year.
Last weekend, Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito denied being racist after leaving a voicemail to biracial teammate Jonathan Martin that referred to him as a “half ni**er.” Incognito acknowledged that his choice of words was unacceptable, but said the voicemail was taken out of context given his way of regularly communicating with Martin. He also said that judging him as a racist solely based off the voicemail was wrong.