Gronk: Maybe Obama Was Wasted When He Made Deflate Joke About Patriots

Barack Obama
The Associated Press

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowsi questioned President Obama’s decision to crack a joke about deflated footballs at a White House event honoring the Super Bowl champions.

Gronkowski indicated that the team was serious as the Patriots spent time with Obama in the White House before the ceremony on the South Lawn.

“If they would have put some tunes on, I would have done some dance moves,” he joked.

When asked if there was any drinking with the president, Gronkoswi said no, but wondered if Obama had a few before he made his joke about deflated footballs.

“There was no drinking,” he said adding jokingly, “Maybe the President was wasted — that deflate joke. We’re still wondering as an organization about that.”

During the ceremony, Obama said that he usually tells jokes during events with sport stars, but kidded that he was worried they would “fall flat.”

“I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat,” Obama said during the ceremony.

The comment drew boos from Patriots fans in the audience as the players behind the president reacted with surprise.

Asked if he was invited to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend, Gronkowski replied, “What’s that?”