When he’s healthy, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is perhaps the best at his position in the NFL, but he continues to make headlines for some strange off-the-field behavior and he’s done it again over an incident that took place on Sunday night.
Gronkowski was caught on camera making some insensitive remarks about Asians during a Sunday Night Football viewing party in Foxborough, according to The New York Daily News.
An Asian man, who was wearing Gronkowski’s jersey, began dancing during a Q&A session with fans at Bar Louie at Patriot Place.
“They told me he could only cook fried rice,” the 24-year-old Gronkowski said.
As if he hadn’t done enough damage with the quote, Gronkowski then referred to the man as Leslie Chow, Ken Jeong’s character in “The Hangover” movies.
After Gronkowski’s comments, someone took the microphone to remind those in attendance that they had signed waivers agreeing to hand over their phones upon exiting, but the video managed to make its way to TMZ.com.
The Boston Globe notes that Gronkowski’s previous off-field exploits include having a porn star take a picture of herself wearing his team jersey and a video of him wrestling not long after suffering a broken forearm.
However, this latest incident comes at a particularly sensitive time for the NFL, which is dealing with the fallout from the Miami Dolphins’ controversy and the question of whether Richie Incognito bullied teammate Jonathan Martin with racist taunts.