New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apologized for a late hit he put on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White during Sunday’s 23-3 victory.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was penalized but not ejected for a late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White on Sunday.
White was laying on the ground after intercepting Tom Brady late in Sunday’s game when Gronkowski, the intended receiver on the play, slammed his shoulder into the back of White’s neck after the whistle had blown. The Patriots tight end was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play but remained in the game.
The Bills subsequently announced that White was being evaluated for a head injury and posted their reaction to the sequence with a single emoji on Twitter.
“I just don’t think there’s any place in the game for that, really,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said in his postgame press conference. “It was unfortunate, and I know he’s a better player than that.”
Gronkowski told reporters after the game that he wanted to apologize to White for the hit.
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“I’m not in the business of that,” he said. “There was a lot of frustration, and I was just really frustrated at that moment. It just happened naturally through emotions, frustration. Just want to apologize to Tre’Davious White. I don’t really believe in the type of shots like that.”
When asked about what specifically he was frustrated about, Gronkowski said he believes White should have been called for a holding penalty at the top of the route.
“I just don’t understand why there wasn’t a flag,” he continued. “And there was a couple of times in the game. And they are calling me for the craziest stuff ever. It’s like crazy. Like, what am I supposed to do? And then they don’t call that? It was just frustration. That’s what happened.”
Gronkowski, who will likely be fined by the NFL this week as a result of the hit, finished with nine catches for 147 yards in the game, which New England won 23-3.
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