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Rob Gronkowski attempts to explain dirty hit

During the Pats' eventual 23-3 win over the Bills Gronkowski, claiming to be frustrated with physical play, threw himself into the back of Bills DB Tre'Davious White head following an interception.


Kahron Spearman


Following a third-quarter interception by Buffalo Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, apparently frustrated with White's physical play and the officiating, threw himself into the back of prone White.

White suffered a concussion from the dirty hit. Gronkowski received a personal foul, but curiously wasn't thrown out of the game for the egregious hit.

First off I definitely want to apologize to No. 27. Im not in the business of that. It was just a lot of frustration. I was just really frustrated at that moment Just want to apologize to TreDavious White. I dont really believe in types of shots like that. Its, like, crazy. (Later explaining why he hit White) Like, what am I supposed to do? And then they dont call [pass interference]? It was just frustration. Thats what happened.

Players weren't the only people that believed that Gronkowski should've been thrown out of the game. Dean Blandino, former NFL officiating director turned Fox analyst, expressed similar sentiments.

"In my opinion that was a play where Gronkowski should have been ejected from the game, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's a substantial fine and maybe even a suspension going forward," said Blandino.

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