The Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce mania has taken the NFL by storm. But not everyone’s a fan of how much the league has leaned into the relationship. And by not everyone that includes former players who have voiced their opinion(s) one way or another.
Longtime New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski—now retired—was asked about the NFL’s focus on Swift during a recent appearance on FanDuel TV’s Up & Adams with host Kay Adams. Needless to say, the four-time Super Bowl champion didn’t exactly endear himself to Swifties.
“I would just say ‘Bye, bye, bye.’ It’s just a little bit too much,” Gronkowski said Wednesday, via Fox News.
“Yes, you can show her. Maybe have her perform a song now since they’re hyping her up every single week. But we want more football! Yes, it’s fine that you show her, but not every single play.”
To be fair, the broadcasts have been quite diligent about how much they show Swift since the pop sensation’s rumored relationship with Travis Kelce went public. At the beginning of their relationship, networks like Fox and NBC were a bit more liberal with how they covered the 33-year-old Swift, but it seems like, in recent weeks, Amazon and CBS have struck a perfect balance.
Also, asking her to perform a song just because she attends the football game of her rumored partner is a bit much. Especially when Gronkowski later maintained in his conversation with Adams that the league’s broadcasts should focus more on the game and players making it all happen, rather than say Swift.
“That’s my point – show the players, show the players’ celebrations,” he said.
It seems like Gronkowski’s issue here is with the league — and not Kelce or Swift, for that matter. Still, we shouldn’t expect the future Hall of Famer to have friendship bracelets made for him by Swfities anytime soon, as the league has reaped the benefits from its coverage of Swift, despite his and many others’ objections.