New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended for one game for diving on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White after the play was clearly over, giving him a concussion.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis threw a block on Sunday that hit Green Bay Packers wideout Devante Adams in the head, knocking him out of the game. Davis got a two-game suspension.
Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas doesn’t think that makes a lot of sense.
“NFL got it wrong by suspending Thomas Davis 2 games for his hit and Rob Gronkowski only 1 game for his hit on a defenseless opponent,” Thomas wrote on Twitter. “Hits that happen after the whistle and are intended to injure [Gronk] should face much steeper penalties than blocks that happen during a play.”
He got some push back from fans, and he doubled down.
“I would argue that Davis’ play did not intend to injure, but Gronk’s did,” Thomas added. “I believe that should be the bigger factor in length of suspension. Plus, Gronk hit him in the BACK of the head while he laid on the ground AFTER the play was over.”
He then went to a level no one had gone yet and suggested perhaps criminal charges were in order.
“That’s reminiscent of the NHL player who used his stick to hit an opponent in the head outside the flow of the play and was criminally charged,” Thomas wrote. “Surprised that nobody discussed Gronk being criminally charged for his hit.”
That’s certainly a bold stance.