NFL clears Rob Gronkowski of possible gambling violations during recent cruise
In the world of offseason activities involving NFL players, there may have been no more anticipated event than the "Gronk Cruise" hosted by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski that took place at the end of February. Though there have been no official reports about the amount of damage caused by Gronk and his guest during the boat trip from Miami to the Bahamas and back (and how many babies could potentially result from the weekend's activities), we do know that there will be no punishment from the NFL after another player tried to rat out Gronkowski over a potential violation of the league's gambling policy.
That man is Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo is currently in a legal battle with the league after they shut down his fantasy football convention in 2015 because it was being held inside a Las Vegas convention center owned by a local casino. In his rebuttal, Romo's lawyers pointed out that there was a casino on the boat where Gronk and his friends were living the good life. Romo's lawyers filed a petition in court saying the league knew what was going on with the cruise and didn't have a problem, so the same should hold true for Romo's event:
"The four-day party took place on Norwegian Cruise Line, where Gronkowski's fans and attendees can take full advantage of Norweigan's famed 'Casinos at Sea.' Photos from the booze-cruise show fans gambling at the on-board casino. The NFL specifically knew about the party cruise and its ties to gambling for more than seven months leading up to the event; yet the NFL took no action to either discipline Rob Gronkowski or prevent the event from taking place."
A league spokesman told Pro Football Talk that Gronkowski's cruise was investigated for that very reason and was found to not violate any league policy. On Monday, a Texas judge sided with the NFL on all but two of the charges brought forth by Romo's lawyers, who say they will appeal the ruling.