Seeing Antonio Brown rip Tom Brady last week was one of those moments where you want to be pissed off, and say "fuck that guy", but you know you're more intelligent than that. You know that deep down if you're going to be upset at anybody, it's sadly Tom Brady.
Two cliches immediately came to mind-
1- "A tiger can't change his stripes." - meaning, a person can't change their essential nature or character. They are who we thought they were. (Crown 'em)
2- "No good deed goes unpunished." - this phrase is a wise ass way of noting the frequency with which acts of kindness backfire on those who offer them.
Tom Brady not only vouched for this psychopath multiple times, putting his own reputation on the line, used his clout to give this ticking time bomb multiple second chances, but he also opened his home to him and welcomed him into his family basically.
When a guy fails to recognize that, never mind show gratitude for it, that's all the confirmation you need that he's a worthless piece of shit.
(Well Antonio, because Tom Brady isn't a general manager. He doesn't strike the deals. He also doesn't pay his teammates. You're also a mental case who's burned so many bridges you're only ever going to get 1 year prove it deals from here on out until you start celebrity boxing or joining Onlyfans. Lastly, Gronk was technically traded so what in fucks sakes are you talking about?
There's an old parable about a scorpion and a frog that applies even more perfectly-
"A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a babbling stream. It's too treacherous to cross, so the scorpion nicely asks the frog to carry him across on its back. This makes the frog a little suspicious. It asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.” That sound reasoning relaxes the frog's nerves. So he allows the scorpion to climb aboard and they shove off across the flowing water. They get halfway across the stream and the scorpion stings the frog directly in the middle of his back. The frog feels the onset of the scorpion's poison and starts to sink. "Logic, cried the dying frog as he started under, bearing the scorpion down with him, there is no logic in this!". "I know", said the scorpion, "but I can’t help it. It’s my character."
Some men have it in spades.
Some men couldn't buy it with all the money in the world.
And that's what Antonio Brown will probably never realize in life, until it's too late.
Gronk is one of those guys who has it. Lots of it. He's got to be one of the most likable athletes of all time. Definitely in my lifetime. I've never seen a guy achieve so much success and be so well-liked by so many people. Usually, people hate when other people are successful, but Gronk's been admired by teammates, opponents, and fans alike since coming into the league. The media loves nothing more than to tear down people on top. But Gronk's managed to escape them for the most part too, and actually be as universally beloved as you can get.
He has managed to be himself his entire career also, not caving into pressure from any outside forces (Drew Rosenhaus), and just doing his own thing, while being an absolute force on the field, and everybody's favorite partying goofball off the field.
His off-the-charts likability is why you saw his entire team, and the greatest quarterback ever to play the game, pulling so hard in a blowout game to get him the receptions and yardage he needed to hit his incentive bonuses on Sunday.
You would never see Brady, never mind the whole team, pulling to get him extra possessions so he could hit his bonus. Simply because he's a fucking awful person.
Gronk's seven-catch, 137-yard day Sunday made him an extra $1 million for reaching 55 catches (he had 55) and 750 yards (he had 802). He did miss out on an extra $500,000 for not reaching nine touchdowns (he finished with six). (He also missed a month of football with cracked ribs).
Good for Big Rob. That extra million will end up where all the rest of his career football earnings are, in a high yield money market account. Meanwhile, he'll keep churning out the USAA, and T-Mobile commercials for his milk money.