Whatever Rob Gronkowski was thinking, a suspension for his dirty hit wouldn’t be out of line

Rob Gronkowski and Tre’Davious White tangled throughout the day. (Adrian Kraus/AP)

Rob Gronkowski may have said the right things after his late, dirty hit left Tre’Davious White with a concussion, but that isn’t likely to affect whatever penalties the NFL considers this week.

What the league should do, unless the New England Patriots take care of it first, is suspend Gronkowski for one game. He may be one of the players who transforms 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.

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 Patriots’ victory over the Bills in Buffalo. 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.

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Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/12/04/whatever-rob-gronkowski-was-thinking-a-suspension-for-his-dirty-hit-wouldnt-be-out-of-line/

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