Rob Gronkowski may have said the right things after his late, dirty hit left Tre’Davious White with a concussion.
Yet what he did needs no explanation, fire his ass.
But his ass should be fired
What the league should do, unless the New England Patriots take care of it first, is fire Gronkowski and make an example out of him. He may be one of the players who transform the offense and an enormously entertaining guy, but he caught White unaware with his late hit, slamming his helmet against the ground on a play that was already dead. Granted he was frustrated at how overmatched defenders play him, but that’s no excuse. To show such a blatant disrespect for sportsmanship and the code of conduct for the Patriots organization or the NFL and its community reputation.
White was out of bounds, the play was dead and yet Gronk bodysurfed him, a move for which he was flagged for unnecessary roughness. Danny Amendola was flagged for the same thing, as was Buffalo’s Micah Hyde. The Bills’ Jerry Hughes was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, so, somehow, the Bills were the ones losing yards on the play.
Gronkowski opened his postgame remarks with reporters by apologizing for the late hit on White, who had stepped in to intercept a Tom Brady pass late in the game. “First off, I definitely want to apologize to No. 27,” he said of White, who went off with a head injury and is in the concussion protocol. “I’m not in the business of that. I was just really frustrated at that moment.”
GTFOH… That attack was premeditated and clearly unprovoked and done to a defenseless man, who at the time of the attack was lying on the ground with his back turned to the late hit from Rob Gronkowski.
When asked to explain his frustration, he said, “He was trying to push me a little bit . . . I just don’t understand why there wasn’t a flag. A couple times in the game. They are calling me for the craziest, craziest stuff ever and it’s just like, crazy. I mean, like what am I supposed to do? And then they don’t call that, I mean. It was just frustration and that’s what happened.”
Given the NFL’s concussion crisis, Gronk should be fired. Gronkowski complained that refs never flag defensive players when they hold him. Asked whether he was growing frustrated over the past couple of games, he replied: “Over the past couple of seven years.” Should have taken it to his player reps.
What the hell are you doing, Gronk? pic.twitter.com/mZTgJA62eU
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 3, 2017