Funnels, water balloon fights and B.J. Upton: Joba Chamberlain recalls epic party at Gronk’s house


Duffel bags of cash, water balloon fights, Rolls Royces, beer funnels, and, for some reason, B.J. Upton—make no mistake, Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski throws one hell of a party.

Even by Gronk standards, the off-the-rails house party detailed by former Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain during his appearance Friday on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz sounds like an all-timer. But first, how did the Gronks even get introduced to Joba? Funny you should ask.

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“We’ve been dancing, we’re going HAM, we’re having just the greatest time. Then the bill comes and everyone’s just sick because we’re looking at this thing and tip and tax, all this stuff starts to stack on. We’re like, ‘Man, we didn’t account for this, we’re about to get taken to the cleaners,’” recalls former pro wrestler Mojo Rawley, a longtime member of Gronk’s entourage. “We finally come up with this plan to break up the tab and split the bill and the waitress tells us, ‘Oh, your tab has been paid.’ We’re like, ‘What do you mean?’ They’re like, ‘That gentleman in the corner table over there paid your tab. He thought you guys were pretty funny.’”

The “gentleman,” of course, was Chamberlain, who became fast friends with Mojo and, by association, the Gronk clan, after their chance night club encounter. Fast forward to Gronk’s house in Tampa, where a master class in debauchery would soon take place.

“Rob had just had surgery, so he was playing bartender,” said Chamberlain, setting the scene. “They wanted to have a water balloon fight and I was like, ‘That’s probably not a good idea.’ And of course, Rob wanted to be on the other side and, at one point, I picked up a jar of nuts and grabbed an almond, and it stuck in Rob’s neck. I threw it across the pool and the almond was l