“Fake news”. The term has caught on in recent months, finding its way into the vocabulary of seemingly everyone, especially celebrities about whom fake news is constantly reported.
The latest victim of such false reports: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was reportedly going to be traded by the end of Friday.
Gronk had a simple response when asked about it all.
“It just shows how much fake news is out there,” Gronk said. “Hashtag fake news, that’s all I know. It’s true. It exists. See it all the time about me. It’s wild.”
Rob Gronkowski reacts to wild day of rumors #Patriots https://t.co/IphvMvH8Jq pic.twitter.com/jGQeTR0GcV
— Patriots Report (@PatriotsFGSN) June 9, 2018
Yesterday rumors were swirling around Gronkowski, indicating that the superstar may be traded from New England.
These rumors were amplified by the mysterious reports of Redditlover1981. In the end, however, they were all bogus. Gronk is staying with the Pats, despite the wishes of the rest of the NFL.
Rob Gronkowski was never getting traded today, per source. There were no deals in place, no deals to get nixed. It’s a non-story.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) June 8, 2018
Gronk’s response imitates that of his brother Chris, who dismissed any rumors about the tight end as “fake news”.
Even with all of the rumors crushed, however, that is not the end of it. Reportedly, there were real talks about trading Gronk…they just occurred earlier this offseason.
.@tomecurran: Rob Gronkowski not going anywhere at this juncture, but #Patriots have talked to teams about trading him during offseason https://t.co/e9FYK60OiK
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) June 9, 2018
Did the Patriots think about a trade? Should they?
If he got a 2nd rounder for Garoppolo, then I fully expect Belichick to get a handful of magic beans for Rob Gronkowski.
— Jim Murray (@bigjimmurray) June 8, 2018
For a Patriots team that is so adamantly against drama, this offseason has been full of it, from skipped OTAs, Julian Edelman getting suspend and now this.