Rob Gronkowski has caught some heat and criticism from fans as well as former Patriots players such as Willie McGinest and Tedy Bruschi after a video showed him in Las Vegas doing wrestling moves with the surgically repaired broken left forearm that ended his season.

During an appearance on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” yesterday, the Patriots tight end addressed his detractors. Asked if he was bothered by some of the negative commentary, and if there was any legitimacy to their concerns, Gronkowski said he would never do anything to further risk injury.

“They’re my fans. They’re looking out for me, they’re big fans of the Patriots, they just want to see the team do well and I totally understand where the fans are coming from,” Gronkowski said. “They wouldn’t want (me) to put myself into jeopardy of getting hurt. I totally understand that. (But) I would never do that, put myself in jeopardy. To the max.

“I love going out there every week to perform to the best of my ability. I love going out there playing. I understand where they’re coming from. They just don’t want to see me hurt again. That’s totally understandable.”

When asked if anyone from the team discussed toning down his behavior, or being more careful, Gronkowski, who was sporting a goatee, said any conversations between him and the team had to remain confidential.

“We don’t give anything out,” he said. “But coming from myself, you just gotta watch out. Who’s out there, who’s watching everything. I just have to keep doing what I’ve been doing since Day One.

“That’s what got me here thus far. Grinding hard, working hard, hustling.”