The NFL is investigating whether or not the gambling that took place on Gronk’s party boat violated its gambling policy.
The cruise departed Miami to the Bahamas and back from February 19 to 22.
The potential violation was brought up by attorney’s representing Tony Romo. They claim the league unfairly applied the gambling policy when it shut down Romo’s National Fantasy Football Convention last July. A Texas judge ruled against Romo on Monday, but an NFL attorney confirmed the league was still looking into Gronk’s event.
The NFL’s gambling policy states that the league does not allow participation, appearances or sponsorships by a gambling-related establishment.
“NFL player Rob Gronkowski hosted a party cruise from Miami to the Bahamas on February 19-22, 2016. 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.”
Sports Illustrated law expert Michael McCann stated that the ship entering international waters would not preclude the league from ruling against Gronkowski.
Commissioner Roger Goodell will have a hard time explaining why Gronkowski deserves a retrospective punishment considering the league was aware of the cruise for months now, but if he fails to discipline Gronkowski, the league will be criticized for shutting down the National Football Convention.