But by then it may be too late. The point should be to prevent Gronkowski’s self-indulgence from reaching the point of no return.
Getting clubs, bars, and college keg parties to institute a no-shirt, no-service policy would seemingly slow down Gronkowski.
Gronkowski is not the first professional athlete to play hard on the field and off of it. Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath, and Magic Johnson, to name a few, were all Hall of Fame athletes and socializers.
Tom Brady used to tear it up in his younger days, although he was more discreet.
But we live now in a technologically advanced era of celebrity overexposure and exploitation. Every smartphone is a device designed to capture stupidity. Celebrity schadenfreude is just a tweet, Facebook tag, or blog post away.
Fame provides Gronkowski with privileges and opportunities that other forever-frat guys his age don’t have.
Unfortunately, acting a fool in public without consequences simply isn’t one of them.