Wednesday May 13th, 2015

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made his first public comments on Tom Brady's suspension during an interview on SportsCenter on Wednesday. 

Gronkowski, echoing a statement released by Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Monday, expressed support for Brady. 

"Tom's a professional, on and off the field. He's the leader of our team. He's an unbelievable player," Gronkowski said. "He has full support, from myself and definitely through the organization, as you can see from the statements Bob Kraft has been putting out. It is what it is, and I'm just gonna watch it and see how it plays out."

Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for his role in the Deflategate scandal. The NFL also handed the Patriots a $1 million fine and took away two draft picks—a 2016 first-round pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick. 

• More Deflategate: Games without Brady​ | Twitter reaction | Brady's backup

SportsCenter co-host Jay Crawford asked Gronkowski if he thought the punishment was too harsh.

"I really don't have enough information on it," Gronkowski replied. 

The appearance was Gronkowski's first interview since the release of the Wells Report. He made a charity appearance in Massachusetts on the day the report was released and flexed his biceps as he was chased by reporters while leaving the event. 

- Dan Gartland

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.