Tight end Rob Gronkowski dismissed rumors of being the subject of a potential trade by the New England Patriots.
"It just shows how much fake news is out there. Hashtag fake news," Gronkowski said on Saturday, via CBS Boston. "That's all I know. It's true. It exists. See it all the time about me."
A rumor gained steam on Friday after former Boston Herald reporter Adam Kurkjian tweeted that head coach Bill Belichick wanted to trade Gronkowski to either the Tennessee Titans or San Francisco 49ers. Kurkjian added that Belichick met with owner Robert Kraft before quarterback Tom Brady reportedly threatened to retire if Gronkowski was traded away.
"What a nice guy," the 29-year-old Gronkowski joked of Brady. "But I haven't talked to him. I didn't even know about it until last night. Fake news."
NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran reported that the Patriots have placed calls to gauge other teams' interest in Gronkowski, but that's all.
"At this juncture, the notion of an imminent trade which I reported 'zero chance of that happening' is where we are," Curran said Friday on "Boston Sports Tonight."
"So Gronk's not going anywhere, but that doesn't mean that the opportunity was not out there for that to have happened."
A team spokesperson has denied the trade reports involving Gronkowski.
"I would say with the utmost confidence that none of that is true," Patriots spokesperson Stacy James said. "None of it."
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