New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski brushed off the criticism he received after he was videotaped performing a wrestling move on a friend while his arm was in a cast, saying he would never do something he thought would put his health at risk, ESPN Boston reports.
"They're my fans," Gronkowski said Wednesday in an interview with ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," his first public comments about the incident, which took place at a Las Vegas nightclub in February and was captured by a fan's smartphone and published to TMZ.com.
"They're looking out for ... they're big fans of the Patriots and they just want to see the team do well. I totally understand where the fans are coming [from], where they don't want [me] to put myself in jeopardy of getting hurt. I totally understand that. I would never do that, put myself in jeopardy.
Sporting a new goatee, Gronkowski also provided an update on his recovery from three different surgeries on his left forearm, the last one for an infection.
"I'm doing a lot better, definitely. Feeling a lot better. My arm is feeling way better than it was during the playoffs and regular season when I broke it," Gronkowski said.
"Right now, just rehabbing, getting the muscle stronger around it. You want to get everything activated, re-activated, because it shuts down for a little bit when it's healing. Just rehabbing, and when my trainers give me the 'good to go,' hopefully in the next couple weeks, hopefully as soon as possible & I can get rolling again and get back in the weight room and get back on the field and do what I love doing -- running around and catching some balls."
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