New England Patriots superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski made headlines for all the wrong reasons in Week 13 with his dirty hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but not kicked out of the game. This is the first suspension of Gronkowski's eight-year National Football League career.
White appeared to hold Gronkowski on the play leading up to the altercation, then pushed off him to make an interception.
After White intercepted a pass by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that was intended for Gronkowski, he rolled out of bounds.
The New England Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night in Week 14.
"Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury".
"The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of 'eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.' Those hits include the play you were involved in yesterday". I mean, there was a lot of frustration and I was just really frustrated at that moment and it just happened naturally through emotions. The cheap shot by "Gronk" understandably triggered major backlash on social media; however, it was magnified by the fact that he only received a one-game suspension for concussing White.
"A one-game suspension to me is easily unacceptable", Smith said Tuesday on ESPN's "First Take" while discussing the controversial incident.
"That was probably one of the worst plays I've ever seen in football", Lewis said on Showtime's Inside the NFL Tuesday. "We have our planning and we'll do what we have to do".