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The scary evolution of Baby Gronk’s dad

These kids have stage parents with an intensity we haven’t seen since 'Dance Moms.'


Kelsey Weekman

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 6, 2023   Updated on Jul 26, 2023, 5:27 pm CDT


If you haven’t already heard of “Baby Gronk,” congratulations, you’re normal. Reading on will disturb your peace. Proceed with caution.

Baby Gronk is a 10-year-old football prodigy whose real name is Madden San Miguel. TikToker @h00pify posted a video about him on March 17, which later went viral in June because the content of the video (Livvy rizzed up Baby Gronk!) was impossible to decipher without a good amount of brain worms and a solid understanding of children’s sports influencers. 

The epic highs and lows of competitive youth sports are an entirely different can of worms, but I need you all to know that these kids have stage parents with an intensity we haven’t seen since “Dance Moms.” Raising a prolific child athlete requires talent, money, and aggressive parenting to strong-arm them into the spotlight and create buzz for a future collegiate athlete’s career nearly a decade away. It’s a uniquely toxic child star situation. …

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*First Published: Jul 6, 2023, 2:12 pm CDT