WATCH: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski goes full WWE after Bills interception
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a bit of an oddball off the field, but it’s rare that he loses his cool on the field. However, he did exactly that on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Leading by 20 late in the fourth quarter, Gronkowski went out for a pass and was grabbed and held by Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, who went on to intercept Tom Brady’s attempt for Gronkowski on the play. The Patriots didn’t get the call and Gronkowski was so frustrated by that fact he doubled back and speared White in the head with his shoulder.
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Gronkowski was given a personal foul on the play but was not ejected for his actions. Now, he’ll likely be subject to additional discipline from the NFL after the play has been reviewed next week.
The All-Pro tight end has previously been fined three times in his NFL career.
On Nov. 21, 2014, he was fined $8,268 for an unnecessary roughness against the Indianapolis Colts. On Feb. 6, 20015, he was fined another $8,268 for his role in a brawl at the end of Super Bowl 49 against the Seattle Seahawks. Then on Oct. 21, 2016, he was fined $9,115 for taunting against the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, this incident was considerably more sinister and should be punished accordingly. There’s simply no place in the game for a play like that and it’s a particularly odd reaction because his beef was really with the referees.