Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is usually the one frustrating opposing defenders, but his own frustrations compelled him to land a cheap shot on Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s matchup.
The rookie tacks on another INT.#NEvsBUF #GoBills pic.twitter.com/oLGd2WuuSH
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 3, 2017
Gronkowski was penalized but not ejected. White was taken to the locker room with a head injury.
After the conclusion of New England’s 23-3 win, Bill Belichick met Sean McDermott at midfield and apologized for the hit. Video of the exchange is below:
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
“I understand,” Belichick said. “It was bulls—. I’m sorry.”
Gronkowski later apologized.
“I definitely want to apologize to (White),” he said, in part (via NBC Sports Boston). “I’m not in the business of that. It was a lot of frustration. I was just really frustrated and at that moment it just happened naturally through emotions and frustration.”
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Why Gronkowski was so frustrated is a mystery. He ended the game with nine catches for 147 yards, but the Bills rookie clearly got under his skin on that play that ended in an interception.
NFL Media reported the league will review the hit to deem whether or not a suspension is warranted.