The Super Bowl saw its first ever ejection on Sunday night when Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was disqualified with seconds left to play after being tagged by officials as the instigator of a post-play scrum that also featured Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in a prominent role.
Gronkowski was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night and the extracurricular activities came up for discussion. With a video of the scrape showing, Gronkowski joked to the commissioner — “Roger, that wasn’t me” — and explained his mindset at the moment in question.
“I got pushed or something, and it was the last game of the year, and I was like, ‘Screw it, I’m throwing some haymakers,” Gronkowski said. “They just started coming at us. We were just trying to take a knee. Just happens, it’s football, just emotions going. It’s football, things happen. It’s all good. I mean, it’s all good. They played ball, they’re a hardworking team, and we just came out and did what we did to get the win.”
Gronkowski and others may face fines as a result of the incident, although it probably won’t be enough to force the tight end to cut back on party bus supplies for the offseason.