Rob Gronkowski is basically every stereotype about meathead jocks and frat bros thrown together into one wonderful entertaining package. One thing he’s usually not accused of being, though, is dirty.
So what the hell was Gronk doing delivering an elbow drop/flying shoulder charge to the back of the head of Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White after an interception on Sunday? Sure, as a tight end on offense, Gronk rarely gets to use all that power to make soul crushing tackles or concussion-inducing hits, but this is pretty bad. After White snags the errant Tom Brady pass, he stays on the ground, is actually half out of bounds, and is touched (and downed) by wide receiver Phillip Dorsett before Gronk levels the helpless White in the back of the head.
Gronkowski has hit with a personal foul penalty, but not ejected from the game. Meanwhile, White left the game and was evaluated for concussion.
After the game, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick could be overheard apologizing to Bills coach Sean McDermott, calling the play “bulls**t.”
Bill Belichick apologizes to Sean McDermott for the Gronk hit that gave Tre' White a concussion. Called it bull%^&*. pic.twitter.com/qfkBB9bgid
— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) December 3, 2017
Gronkowski seemed remorseful after the game as well, offering an apology to White (although also blaming the officials for not protecting him enough in the plays leading up to the incident):
— Jonah Javad (@JonahJavad) December 3, 2017
“I definitely want to apologize to No. 27,” Gronkowski said after the game, according to Jonah Javad. “I’m not in the business of that. There was a lot of frustrations. I was just really frustrated at that moment. It just happened naturally through emotions and frustration. I just want to apologize to Tre’Davious White I don’t really believe in shots like that, but just due to the frustration process, the game of football, and emotions, it’s just what happened.”
“I felt like he kind of pushed me a little bit, and made the play, and I just don’t understand why there wasn’t a flag. There was a couple times in the game. They were calling me for the craziest stuff ever. It’s crazy! What am I supposed to do? And then they don’t call that? I mean, it was just frustration.”
The apology was nice, but it probably won’t save Gronk from extra discipline from the league. Expect fines and/or a suspension to be handed down later this week.