New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is in hot water after making off-color remarks about an Asian man at a Massachusetts restaurant.
Gronkowski, 25, hosted a Q&A session for fans at Bar Louie Restaurant in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday, TMZ reports. At one point, the event turned into an impromptu dance party, and an unidentified Asian man was at the center of the action.
The Asian man, who wore a Gronkowski jersey, caught the attention of the Patriots star, who addressed him with a series of off-color remarks. “They told me he could only cook fried rice!” Gronkowski said while watching the man dance. Next, he referred to the man as “Leslie Chow,” a reference to actor Ken Jeong’s infamous character from “The Hangover” film series.
The comment drew a stunned silence from the crowd, who seemed to stand around in shock while processing the statement. A few audience members even appeared to admonish Gronkowski over the comment.
Bar Louie Restaurant officials seem to recognize that Gronkowski’s comments were potentially offensive; a restaurant staff member took control of the microphone and reminded the crowd that they had all signed waivers prior to attending the event, and would not be able to keep any footage from the night.
This isn’t the first time that Gronkowski’s off-field antics have come under the microscope. The Patriots tight end is a notorious partier, and also caused a stir in 2011 after he posed for several photos with porn star Bibi Jones in a hotel room.
Footage of Gronkowski’s questionable comments can be viewed below, courtesy of TMZ.