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Opinion: The ‘Baby Gronk’ Act Has Got to Stop

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Wyoming

Another day means another commitment for the social media sensation Baby Gronk. Madden San Miguel, otherwise known as “Baby Gronk,” is an 11-year-old football player from Texas. He got his nickname due to his size for his age and is an homage to former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski.

In the last month, Baby Gronk has committed to more schools than I can count. In fact, since the start of June, he has committed to fourteen schools and counting. Of course, none of his commitments actually mean anything, considering the fact that no school from the Power Four has officially offered him a real scholarship.

Yet that hasn’t stopped Baby Gronk from continually posting his commitments on social media every single day of the week. On Wednesday, he announced his commitment to Texas Tech and even shared this picture of himself with head coach Joey McGuire.

Within four hours of that photo being posted, he had already flipped his imaginary commitment to Missouri. And for what it’s worth, I hope he stays committed to Missouri because these two deserve each other.

If you don’t believe me, just look at how cringy the video of Eli Drinkwitz is.

My whole issue with Baby Gronk has nothing to do with the kid himself; it has everything to do with his handler, I mean, father. This kid’s father, Jake, is in charge of everything his son does, and the more you watch him, the more you will understand about this entire thing.

Let’s be real here. Baby Gronk’s father is the one pulling all the strings. He is living through his son and is trying to make a quick buck. Last year, during an episode of the Bring the Juice podcast, you can clearly see Jake feeding answers to his son and telling him what to say.

But things got even crazier when it was revealed that Jake had tried to contact Rob Gronkowski over 500 times, according to Gronkowski, and he even threatened to cease and desist order against him.

Maybe the kid pans out and turns these fake commitments into real ones later on down the road. But for now, I would prefer that he just enjoys playing the game he loves. Of course, I could do without his obnoxious father, but that is enough for one article.

I feel just slimy even having to write this because I never thought I would ever write a piece on an 11-year-old kid.

My advice would be to just let this whole thing phase itself out. At some point, this act will get old, and when it does, I am sure social media will be a much happier place.

But until then, I am afraid that the worst is yet to come. I am just glad that Twitter has a block button.

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