Perhaps the first warning sign of Gronk's impending behavior trouble came in October of last year.
He was internally punished by the team and forced to make a scripted apology to the New England media following the release of pictures in which Gronkowski and adult film actress Bibi Jones are shown in an embrace.
It wasn't so much the content of the pictures, which were insanely tame considering the possibilities. It was the inappropriateness of promoting an adult film star in a Patriots uniform all over the web and Twitterverse.
Tom Brady weighed in prior to the apology, and outright predicted the trouble Gronk had gotten himself into.
"I would have guessed there would be pictures of him somehow with his shirt off, posing or something like that. I’m just glad I’m no longer the one people are making fun of on a daily basis,"Brady told WEEI radio in Boston. "Gronk probably already knows (a visit to coach's office is coming)."
The awkward interview that followed in the Patriots locker room featured Gronkowski giving close to 10 variations of the same statement in response to every question he received until it was mercifully ended.
"I didn't intend anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of Robert Kraft," he said. "It was just a simple picture and that's all."
But it's not about intent Rob, and it's time to start learning that.