Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White didn’t hide his disdain for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on Thursday afternoon.
In his first public comments since being hit by Gronkowski with an ugly cheap shot that resulted in him being placed in concussion protocol, White called the future Hall of Fame tight end a “dirty player” and labeled his one-game suspension a “joke.”
“I’m laying there,” White said following the Bills practice on Thursday (via Mike Rodak of ESPN). “He snuck me with my back turned. He could have broke my neck. I mean, I got a son to raise [and] all that. People don’t think about that when they just react.
“I’m glad I had my mouthpiece in. I probably could’ve bit my tongue off. I bit my lip pretty bad. Terrible headache. It is what it is. He did what he wanted to do. He is what he did. Dirty shot, so what does that make him? Dirty player. Simple.”
Gronkowski apologized for the hit immediately following the game. But for White, the apology really didn’t mean anything.
“No. His intentions were to hurt me,” White said when asked if Gronkowski’s apology meant anything to him. “It is what it is. But that’s what happens when you ball and they don’t like that.”
Gronkowski and White will meet again when the Patriots host the Bills in Week 16.