Rob Gronkowski suspended one game

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The NFL said that if there was a suspension for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to announce that they would do it on Monday and that’s exactly what has happened.

Gronkowski has been suspended for one game after delivering a leaping forearm to the back of Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White‘s head after White was down on the ground following an interception in Sunday’s game. White wound up with a concussion and Gronkowski was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

In a letter informing Gronkowski of the suspension, NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote that Gronkowski’s actions “were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury.”

Gronkowski can appeal the suspension and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he will do so. If that effort is unsuccessful, Gronkowski will be out for this week’s game against the Dolphins.

191 responses to “Rob Gronkowski suspended one game

  1. Not enough, but better than nothing. He’s appealing, and honestly, I hope it’s video-taped. I want to hear him say “The reason I tried to take his head off was because the refs weren’t calling a fair game”, just so we can finally put to bed that he is just a meat head. I’ve seen flaming tables split in 2 with more intelligence than this guy.

  2. Lol. This ends up helping the Patriots because he’ll miss playing against the dirty Dolphins and be fully rested for the Steelers

  3. Appeal what? It would have been comical if the guy hadn’t been hurt. I really like the the Gronk but this time he lost control and that was clearly an intent to injure. he needs to accept his penalty and move on.

  4. Like it or not, it was just as egregious as Mike Evans slamming full speed into the back of Lattimore. Both plays were disgusting and have no place in the NFL. But both only got 1 game.

    As a Pats fan, I believe it should have been 2 and heavy fine. Gronk? What were you thinking?

  5. Gronkowski can appeal the suspension and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he will do so.

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    What? Normally, I think the NFL goes overboard with suspension. But Gronk should take this one like a man. He did it, there’s no doubt about it. The person hearing the appeal should have the flexibility to increase his suspension, making pointless appeals such as this moot. I’d triple it if I were the appeals guy. Stop wasting everyone’s time and take the suspension.

  6. And Gronk is appealing?????? What kind of low-class appeal is that?

    He really should be suspended either 1 game, or however long White is out for, whichever is longer.

  7. As a Pats season ticket holder and fan, I think 2 games would have made more sense. That said, I wish he would not appeal the 1 game. He admitted it was wrong, so take the penalty.

  8. elyasm says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Leaping!?!?! He fell forward on top of him. Don’t try to make it sound worse than it was.

    Maybe you need to go back and watch again…It was WWE comical…

  9. Crabtree gets 2 for throwing punches (at the guy who tore his helmet off, after tearing his chain off) face-to-face, with helmet off. Gronk gets one for the cheapest shot you will ever see on a guy laying down on the ground. Seems fair.

  10. This is about right. Cannot let guys go after the head like that. That being said, and I”m no Pats fan, I don’t think he’s dirty, but you cannot let that go with just a big fine.

  11. That is way too short of a suspension for something well after the whistle that was intent to injure a defenseless player lying on the ground. If he appeals it, he should get his suspension *INCREASED* by a game!

  12. Leaping!?!?! He fell forward on top of him. Don’t try to make it sound worse than it was.

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    You have to be kidding, right? Have you watched the video? You can see Gronk taking a few stutter steps to get his body in the right position to slam all his weight down on White. Either you didn’t watch it or you are a complete moron. Even Belichick told the Bills coach it was complete BS.

  13. This sounds about right. Someone with no history or any wrongdoing. Of course he’s going to appeal it. The players’ union basically requires you to appeal these types of things.

  14. certifiedballer says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Lol. This ends up helping the Patriots because he’ll miss playing against the dirty Dolphins and be fully rested for the Steelers

    Only a Pats fan would come up with this. Dirty is what Gronkowski did to a defenseless player, and outside of Suh in Detroit I don’t see any Dolphins player coming anywhere close to what I saw yesterday. Get a life, some class, and a conscience. Winning with class and dignity is a real thing outside of New England.

    And my hat is off to other Pats fans in this section who clearly see what everyone else, including Bill B, saw. There is no bright side to this, it was a cheap, dirty play, he is being punished for it according to precedent set in similar situations (although I do agree with some posters it should be more because it was a non-football play), he will serve his time, and may we hear no more about it.

  15. Someone truly contrite wouldn’t appeal it.

    Add another one game suspension. One for the hit, a second for being a dick about it.

  16. He should’ve been suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs. League should’ve made an example out of him. Absolutely no place in the game for that behavior. On top of that he concussed him. He gave somebody a traumatic brain injury.

  17. One game is not enough. Two games should be the minimum for that cheap shot. But don’t upset the cry-baby patriots fans.

    “Wah,wah, wah. We never get calls, so the hit was OK”.

    You winers make me want to puke. The patriots get away with more offensive pass interference calls than the 31 other teams combined. Gronkowski got a TD just last week when nothing was called on Cooks for an OBVIOUS O.P.I.

    And for the sniveling pats fans that in any way defend Gronkowski, just imagine how your “F”-ing heads would explode if Suh made the same exact hit to your beloved Brady.

  18. As expected. Also doesn’t hurt that NE is one of the few teams left that moves the needle on ratings, so giving fans more reason to not watch PIT-NE would be idiotic. I can’t be the only one who noticed how hard the networks worked yesterday to not show any shots of the half empty stadiums all around the league.

  19. He plans to appeal? He already apologized because he knows he did wrong. The NFL should allow the appeal and postpone the suspension this week and then uphold it so he can’t play against the Steelers. If the Pats were smart they would tell him to shut up and take his medicine and only miss the Dolphin game, which is a gimmee.

  20. dickroy
    4m ago
    He should be suspended as long as White is out and then two more game after White comes back!
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    Is there any precedence at all for such a suspension? The players union would sue and win.

  21. Of course he’s going to appeal. He’s set to lose 1/4 million dollar game paycheck plus the union always demands players appeal things like this.

  22. 1 game? Lucky SOB.

    This deserved more than Mike Evans shove, but I am not losing my mind over it.

    He should man up & take his suspension. He earned it.

  23. It was a dumb thing to do, no matter how frustrated you are you have to keep your composure, particularly with that team.

    With his incentive laden contract I wonder if 1 game will end up costing him some cash as it well should.

    The appeal will do nothing and I am unsure of why he is even trying to appeal it, at best it drags it out and gets even more negative press.

  24. Sounds about right and Gronk won’t win his appeal either though I wish he had not appealed at all. For those saying it isn’t enough it’s only because this is Gronk’s first incident if he ever pulls it again he will probably get 3 or 4 games.

  25. buddycianci says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:42 pm
    That’s one more game than AJ Green was suspended for following his headlock tackle on Ramsey.

    That’s a good point. Didn’t he grab him around the neck from behind well after the play.

    Don’t rent all the fake outrage about that

  26. Gronk had a gripe about the holding but this wouldnt have been an issue if White was not injured. Sadly he was do Gronk deserves this suspension. I dont think he should appeal. Just take it, he deserves it. The NFL has no consistency and players have gotten off for worse but Gronk deserves punishment and should just take it now.

  27. Somewhere Brady is laughing at this. Gronk gets 1 game while Brady got 4 games for ‘allegedly’ doing something that no one was ever able to prove? What a joke.

  28. FatBaba says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    So when players dive at his knees, will they get suspended too?


    Already happened and apparently not.

  29. professor59 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm
    He should remain suspended for at least as long as the guy he cheap-shotted can’t play.

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    Be real. When has this ever happened? You’ve got repeat offenders all over the league and you want to make an example of a guy who’s never been suspended before? He deserved the one game suspension. There is no precedent to give him more than that.

  30. Wants 0 games – Pats homer
    Agrees 1 game is correct – Reasonable person (can include Pats or Steelers fans)
    Wants 2 games – Steelers homer
    Wants more than 2 games – Pats hater.

  31. I guess appealing suspension is sort of standard procedure, but I think he should consider himself (and the Patriots) fortunate he only got dinged with one game. Had it been two games, I could see trying to appeal it down to one, but this just seems like a wasted effort.

    Anyone else notice that he did a little “shimmy” before he dropped the hammer? Straight out of the WWF or something. I know it shouldn’t, but it just makes me laugh. Hopefully Tre’Davious White doesn’t have any lingering effects and can be back on the field ASAP.

  32. So AJ Green attacks a guy, punches him and gets no suspension, but NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT Gronk attacks a guy, punches him and gets a game?

    I’m not saying Gronk shouldn’t have gotten the suspension, I’m saying it’s unequal justice because he’s a Patriot and the league hates us. They suspended our QB, the greatest player in the history of the league with zero evidence for 4 games… This league is out of control.

  33. He already appealed on camera and it was the lamest possible excuse. I’ve never been a fan of Gronkowski off the field (like all that goo goo gaga nonsense over his recent presser not wanting to discuss the celebrating w Cooks bc he got yelled at – not cute or entertaining to me), but anyone making excuses for this guy dropping the people elbow on a CB a few seconds after the player is down is an absolute idiot. He should have gotten 2 games reduced to 1, because if he has this overturned entirely it will be stomach turning. Always been neutral on the patriots, not changing now, but just stating it in the event someone confuses me for a hater

  34. Is there any precedence at all for such a suspension? The players union would sue and win.
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    I think the last thing the NFLPA would want to sue over is a cheap shot that gave someone a concussion. As for them winning a lawsuit, read article 46, then think about the negative publicity the union would get.

    Headline: Players Sue to be Allowed to give cheap shots Resulting in Head Injuries!!!

  35. Re: (Gronkowski) is as dumb as the day is long. Yah, right. He’s so dumb that of the $20 million he has earned in the NFL so far, he has only $30 million or so left. He’s so dumb that instead of spending his NFL income on fancy cars and bling, he invests it. He’s so dumb that he lives only off his endorsement money. Which adds up to a few million a year. We all wish we could be so dumb.

  36. He’s probably succeeded in making sure refs will look at him with even less margin for error.

  37. Glad for the one game suspension, probably not given more because Stephen A. Smith wanted 4, and he is always a good benchmark for hysterical wrong view. The appeal is crazy, though — 1) First, you did, idiot. 2) What if the appeal process runs through next week and he loses anyway, which would mean that he would miss Pittsburgh instead of Miami. I like many others do like Gronk but also feel that he should just take it, get some rest for the Steelers game.

  38. This should have been a two-game suspension, if not more.

    There’s nothing saying that the legal system cannot pick up where the League left off. Hockey players have faced criminal charges for conduct on the ice where intentional physical harm occurs, why not on the football field as well…??

    Gronk’s actions were intentional and caused injury…that’s assault, plain and simple.

  39. Should have been 2 games, at the very least. Gooddell’s blatant favoritism toward the Patriots is disgusting. Anybody else, on any other team in the League, and they get a minimum of a 2 game suspension, probably more.

  40. That was quick.

    I wonder why the press release containing the PSI information from the 2015 NFL season is taking so long to type? Does it take years for an NFL admin to type a one page document?

    Today would be a good day to release that PSI report. Science would be a good way to forget how the refs let that game get out of control with the phantom OPI followed by the no call for the 3 instances of holding on that the play where Gronk lost his cool.

  41. Glad he was suspended. Michael Crabtree gets 2 games for i guess you’d call it fighting, Grok gets one game for disturbingly spearing someone and potentially harming the others well-being. Not a fan of either really, but I’d say there is a disconnect in the punishment….just sayin

  42. By appealing and possibly re-appealing, he gets to delay the suspension to the week that makes most sense to the Pats.

  43. hishighness says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    So AJ Green attacks a guy, punches him and gets no suspension, but NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT Gronk attacks a guy, punches him and gets a game?
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    Two differences: (1) AJ Green punched a guy AFTER that guy pushed him to the ground; (2) AJ Green got ejected immediately and missed more than half of that game.

  44. I agree with people saying upwards of 4 games would have been better. No precedence you say? There’s also not much precedence for dropping a WWE elbow on a defenseless players head when the play is over

  45. Every man has lost his cool at one point in his life. I’m not going to judge his entire existence on this one incident. Let’s hope his uncontrolled emotions didn’t do any real harm to White. And I’m pretty sure almost forces them to appeal in the name of solidarity

  46. hishighness says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    They suspended our QB, the greatest player in the history of the league with zero evidence for 4 games… This league is out of control.
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    Not exactly true regarding the “zero evidence”.

    The NFL did admit in court that they had no evidence of anyone deflating footballs.
    But the NFL did collect PSI information during the 2015 NFL season which according to science would show that footballs always drop PSI when they get cold.

    That PSI information was evidence which showed that Brady was innocent. The NFL is still hiding that PSI information because it shows that the NFL cheated the Patriots in the name of league parity.

  47. Parilli15, just so you know, that’s what a finincial advisor(aka:parents) are for. He gets his allowance from his daddies wallet each week just like my 5 yo. The only difference being the size of the Bills being given. Don’t be stupid, probably less than 1% of NFL players actually manage their own money. So, cool, he’s smart for not being stupid? Par for the course here, considering he delivered the people’s elbow to the back of Whites head because “he wasn’t getting calls”. Knuckle-dragger, plain and simple.

  48. Honestly the NFL should have gave him 2 games. The precedent for appeals has been set,EVERYONE appeals suspensions regardless of guilt. He could have gone to the hearing given a sincere apology, gotten a tongue lashing and have it knocked to one game then.

  49. One game seems kind of light for a league that is so concerned about protecting the shield. The was an egregious and dangerous violation. A.J. Green was equally bad. How he got away with no suspension makes no sense either.

  50. sikoix says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    I agree with people saying upwards of 4 games would have been better. No precedence you say? There’s also not much precedence for dropping a WWE elbow on a defenseless players head when the play is over

    On October 2, 2006, Haynesworth was suspended for five games without pay by the NFL for stomping (WWE style) Gurode… there is your precedence. One game is a joke.

  51. CENSORED says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    I wonder how suh and 3/4’s of the bengals get away with it all the time?

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    They should not, thats always been a mistake giving those guys free passes. Shazier too. And lets hope Gronk paying a penalty is the start of the NFL doing this on a fair and consistent basis going forward.

  52. Fair punishment for an uncharacteristicly dirty play by Gronk. He’ll lose his appeal, but haa nothing to lose trying. He’s already admitted guilt and apologized, as has Belichick. He has an incentive laden contract and could take a significant hit on this susp. Lol@Steelers fans trying to blow this out of proportion because they’re afraid of their team having to face Gronk in 2 wks.

  53. What if the had been Suh hitting Brady like that? Lifetime ban?

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    Yes and it would be deserved

  54. While this is incredibly reasonable and that was an absolutely idiotic and dirty move on his part, how in God’s name does THIS result in a 1 game suspension with no prior history of this sort of thing while AJ Green full on chokeslammed and started throwing haymakers at Jalen Ramsey and was simply fined? Bias against the Patriots in the league office continues.

  55. LOL at those advocating more than one game. He absolutely deserves the suspension as well as a fine. But let’s get real. Crabtree vs Talib part 2 got reduced to 1 game. That was an all out street fight and as premeditated as they come. And was a whole lot worse in the grand scheme of things. The NFL got it right for a change. Homers or haters exit stage left.

  56. I cant help but wondering hitting Gronk today instead of tomorrow (usually these things come out on Tuesday) is to send a message that they are going to start doing this. The Steelers play the Bengals tonight and those matchups have never been less than vicious both ways. So maybe its a good idea giving those guys a message that there will be consequences for any ‘stuff’ is a good thing to do before that game gets under way.

  57. imsomeguy says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    sikoix says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    I agree with people saying upwards of 4 games would have been better. No precedence you say? There’s also not much precedence for dropping a WWE elbow on a defenseless players head when the play is over

    On October 2, 2006, Haynesworth was suspended for five games without pay by the NFL for stomping (WWE style) Gurode… there is your precedence. One game is a joke.
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    For a repeat offender …

    4+ games … lol

    People need to see through the hate. Just sayin’.

  58. rac2us says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    Glad he was suspended. Michael Crabtree gets 2 games for i guess you’d call it fighting, Grok gets one game for disturbingly spearing someone and potentially harming the others well-being. Not a fan of either really, but I’d say there is a disconnect in the punishment….just sayin
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    Agreed. The Crabtree\Talib (part 2) scrum should have warranted more.

  59. imcornholious says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:36 pm
    Appeal it? Just take and move on… too hard to defend that one Gronk.

    appealing gives him the chance to ask the league to take a look at what teams get away with against him. He was wrong and deserves to sit a game but I can also why he’s frustrated. Its an every game thing where defenders are allowed to mug him all game. They dont call it ever but do call it when he finally has to “push off” to get free. Heck even the play in question he was held for a good 10-15 yards and it was blatantly obvious. toss the flag and none of this happens.

  60. keiselsbeard says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    Should have been 2 games, at the very least. Gooddell’s blatant favoritism toward the Patriots is disgusting. Anybody else, on any other team in the League, and they get a minimum of a 2 game suspension, probably more.
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    LOL

    You mean like Crabtree and Talib where each got a game? Or MEvans with one game?

    Or do you mean Green\Ramsey where neither got anything?

    Or the Cardnials\49ers scrum where nobody got suspended?

    Give me a break already.

  61. How about we bring vontaze burfict into the conversation to those who are galloping down the 2+ games road?

    Y’all need a healthy dose of reality.

  62. I would have actually had respect for the guy if he owned up to it and accepted his punishment for clearly doing something wrong. Should have been 2 games so they can reduce it to 1. This one shouldn’t be reduced at all.

  63. Colleen Robinson says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    This should have been a two-game suspension, if not more.

    There’s nothing saying that the legal system cannot pick up where the League left off. Hockey players have faced criminal charges for conduct on the ice where intentional physical harm occurs, why not on the football field as well…??

    Gronk’s actions were intentional and caused injury…that’s assault, plain and simple.

    lol. I get the feeling half the posters here wont be happy until the league no longer exists.

    little wonder it’s heading that way if these are posts are from the alleged “fans”

    Thanks for ruining the game you babies

  64. Pretty ridiculous it’s only one game. Check out the hit that got Andrew Sendejo a one game suspension a couple weeks ago. These two hits are worth the same suspension? Ridiculous! He intentionally tried to injure a guy. It was potentially a career ending hit. One game? Does Roger ever get anything right?

  65. gohawks7 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    Appeal? That’s pretty asinine and classless….

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    Union formality. Has nothing to do with Gronk. He apologized and admitted he was wrong.

    Do you trolls know any facts? Ever?

  66. It’ll give him a little rest for the last 3 weeks of season and the 3 playoff games the Pats will be in, AFC Divisional Round, AFCCG and Super Bowl, to heal up a little.

  67. xiiprestige says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    Guy is a pathetic coward!!!!

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    I agree. Goodell is pathetic and a coward.

    Oh, the irony as to WHy Gronk snapped like that.

    Gronk, and all real Pats fans, have had enough of Goodell’s orchestrated cheating the Pats every year.

    Fire Goodell. It’s just so simple.

  68. Only one game? And he has the temerity to appeal it? Mr. Meathead, please take that one game suspension with a smile on your face because you’re getting off light.

  69. smokedpears says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm
    Pretty ridiculous it’s only one game. Check out the hit that got Andrew Sendejo a one game suspension a couple weeks ago. These two hits are worth the same suspension? Ridiculous! He intentionally tried to injure a guy. It was potentially a career ending hit. One game? Does Roger ever get anything right?

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    Why didn’t he suspend Bobby McCain from last Sunday then?

    LOL

    I mean, the guy smashes Amendola’s head into the ground, then gives him a forearm shiver like Gronk just did, and it’s only 9K fine.

    Can you explain this?

    I can.

    Can you?

  70. ninefingers9 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    I cant wait until the Vikings teach this fraud team a lesson in the SB! The most unexpected team vs the most hated!

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    Pats vs Eagles should be an exciting rematch.

  71. Should be 2 games if the announcement is that swift. Kraft made sure they got it expedited.
    Take the suspension, and as others have said, upon appeal it (and all appeals) should have the option to increase.

    But, this means that Gronk is now able to travel to Miami with the team and instead of playing, can guest judge the South Beach beer pong matches and topless rib eating contests.

  72. Gronk should be charged with 3rd degree assault at a minimum. The Orchard Park Police should have arrested him on the spot. The video evidence is surely enough to convict him by an impartial Buffalo jury.

  73. The NFL should kick Gronk out of the league, fined $10 million, the Buffalo police should press charges for assault and battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder, and Trump should deport him to Syria! Did I miss any?

  74. unionjack1776 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Only one game? And he has the temerity to appeal it? Mr. Meathead, please take that one game suspension with a smile on your face because you’re getting off light.
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    Some people will wait to see how it plays out before calling him names. Some people are above that and won’t call him names.

    If he gets the penalty reduced to a fine then he was smart to appeal. Missing a game check and incentive stats might amount to a huge fine.

    Maybe he gets to play in the next two games then he drops the appeal. That would be let him sit against he Bills and would prevent the temptation for retaliation. That would be a smart move.

    Lets see how it plays out.

  75. Great that he won’t miss the next Bills game. I’ll get plenty of popcorn for that one. Gronk needs a quart of oil to eep his head on a swivel. Can’t wait..

  76. He should have been suspended for the rest of the season. One game and an appeal is nothing more than bravo sierra.

  77. Maybe the next guy who thinks he can do 10 yards of interference and then push him off will have just a little bit of hesitation….

  78. mj323 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    I would have actually had respect for the guy if he owned up to it and accepted his punishment for clearly doing something wrong. Should have been 2 games so they can reduce it to 1. This one shouldn’t be reduced at all.
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    1) He did own up to it, admitted he was wrong and apologized
    2) Almost every suspension gets appealed automatically as there is little to lose. That’s one of the reasons the NFLPA exists.

  79. With or without Gronk Miami doesn’t have a chance but in all seriousness, why would he even appeal that? I mean he is lucky it was only one game. That was one of the worst and most flagrant late hits I’ve seen. There are really reasons to appeal certain things but this????? Come on man really??!!!

  80. Gronk should appeal and get it reduced to zero, and he’d have nothing to apologize for.

    This league and how it does things is never about fairness or #integrity as we all know. It’s the same league that suspended Tom Brady 4 games for a completely fabricated made-up cheating scandal.

    Go Gronk! 🙂

  81. Good. Love Gronk but that uncontrolled temper needs to be punished. I don’t think he’ll do that dumb thing again. BB should punish him by asking him not to hang out with his wrestler buddies.

  82. I knew it. Suspend him for the Dolphins game, one they should win easily, and have him return for the Steelers game. Big players in big games = big ratings. It doesn’t matter how long Tre’Davious will be affected.

  83. Lots of haters complaining about Gronk appealing. Shows your hate of Patriots. Gronk has not appealed yet. Your jumping to a conclusion you want to complain about!! Patriot fans get it. You hate Patriots because they re so successful. I hated Cowboys and Packers and Steelers growing up. You have a right to hate Patriots now!

  84. So the bar has been set, with no priors you can cheap shot anyone and only get a one game suspension, if gronk wins the appeal then anything goes, I could see the Bills getting payback in three weeks!

  85. aarons444 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I just watched the legal hit Earl Thomas put on Gronk that ended his 2016 season.

    I feel better about this.
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    Be sure to keep watching that season recap until the end and you can enjoy the Patriots winning the SB even without him.

  86. Why appeal? Play this week and the have them reinforce it for the Steeler game?

    Patriots shouldn’t have him appeal so he misses the Dolphin the game instead of the Steelers. No way is the suspension going away – just a matter of which game. Appeal process could make it the Steeler game.

  87. This:
    negadelphianinjersey says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    Sit down, frat boy. You’re not tough, you push off on almost every play, and being meathead with the intellect of a tree stump isn’t funny or cool.

    From the db that brought us this:
    negadelphianinjersey says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    He should be dealt with on the field. Take that knee out. He deserves a career ending injury, Stingley style, preferably.
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    You want to see Gronk turned into a quadriplegic but he’s the “meathead with the intellect of a tree stump’ and not cool?

    Gronk deserves the game. Between the playing time and performance bonuses in his contract and his clean record I understand why he is appealing and what he will base his appeal on but the hit was inexcusable. Anyone wanting to see him get more than a game has their own agenda.

  88. The Patriots often have trouble in Miami. Given a depleted receiver corps, and Gronk being sat, Brady will have a much more difficult time.

  89. aarons444 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    What if the had been Suh hitting Brady like that? Lifetime ban?
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    They’d find a way to get him to the electric chair.
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    What a load. Suh stomps players, tackles by the facemask and grabs QBs by the throat and seldom even gets a slap on the wrist. Brady would be more likely to get suspended for more probably than not knowing he was taking the field with a dirt bag. None of that excuses Gronk though, he deserves the suspension.

  90. As a Miami fan I dislike the Pats because they destroy my team each time. But as a football fan I think Gronk is a beast and would love to have him on my team. Bottom line folks, you mostly hate the Pats due to their success. Jealousy is a bitch. Does Gronk push off on almost every Okay? Yes of course he does.. Does TB kill you with the dink and dunk pick plays that never get called..Yes but they are a dynasty and each and every one of you wish your team was them. And this coming from a Miami fan!

  91. Sorry, but this was far worse than smoking weed. He should be suspended for more time than that.

  92. When was the last time the NFL announced the same day of a violation that if a suspension would be issued it would be announced the next day? No special treatment, nothing to see here.

  93. To the person talking about Gronk’s “uncontrolled temper”. I would say he has exhibited an unmatched governor over his temper. He is cheap-shotted every game. A cheap shot to his kness ended one season and almost his career. Another cheap shot left him unable to run in a super bowl, effectively leaving him a decoy that the Eagles figured out quickly.

    Count the offensive PIs against him and compare the stats to others. Watch the video of how refs let opposing players hold and grab him on virtually every play. Yes, he still makes plays but Bavaro, Francis, Gates, Wiiten never had to put up with that crap.

    That said, he should be held accountable for a cheap shot on a defenseless player.

  94. citizenstrange says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    What if the had been Suh hitting Brady like that? Lifetime ban?
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    Hefty fine.

  95. So he apologized but doesn’t think he should be suspended. It doesn’t matter that the other guy is now in concussion protocol because of that cheap shot and may not play next week. Gronk, and most Pats fans, think a suspension is unfair. I’m sure they’d be first to cry about it if it was the other way around.

  96. stazziak says:
    December 4, 2017 at 5:55 pm
    So the bar has been set, with no priors you can cheap shot anyone and only get a one game suspension, if gronk wins the appeal then anything goes, I could see the Bills getting payback in three weeks!

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    There has thus far been guys with multiple priors just getting off with fines so really this is the bar getting raised. But that said I agree with the bar getting raised here.

  97. Lots of drama queens on this thread. But I especially like the ones claiming the Vikings will teach the Pats a lesson. The Vikings won’t have the chance…..we have all seen this movie before.

  98. limakey says:
    December 4, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Gronk did not accept full responsibility. In keeping with true Patriot fashion, he made up excuses on why he purposely try to injure.
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    The Bills had a good plan, played tough and still got destroyed at home. If not for Gronk’s cheap shot to distract them, the Bills fans would be talking about bringing back Rex today.

  99. reddzen says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    certifiedballer says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Lol. This ends up helping the Patriots because he’ll miss playing against the dirty Dolphins and be fully rested for the Steelers

    Only a Pats fan would come up with this. Dirty is what Gronkowski did to a defenseless player, and outside of Suh in Detroit I don’t see any Dolphins player coming anywhere close to what I saw yesterday. Get a life, some class, and a conscience. Winning with class and dignity is a real thing outside of New England.

    And my hat is off to other Pats fans in this section who clearly see what everyone else, including Bill B, saw. There is no bright side to this, it was a cheap, dirty play, he is being punished for it according to precedent set in similar situations (although I do agree with some posters it should be more because it was a non-football play), he will serve his time, and may we hear no more about it.
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    I agree that Suh has been much better in Miami, but grabbing Mallett’s throat deserved ejection and/or suspension. Glad to see there are some Patriots fans saying he deserved that suspension. How some can look at that and downplay it is pretty sad.

  100. Really shocking to me how many people don’t seem to agree with a simple 1 game suspension considering what he did and the way he did it AND that it caused a concussion. I can onlly guess who these people must have voted for.

  101. I saw Danny Ammendola last week lay flat on his back in a pile and get sucker punched with a haymaker from a Dolphins Corner and not one word from anyone. I believe it was a fine and nothing more. That was much worse than this. Both were bad, but the Ammendola case much worse

  102. He got what he deserved, that was a nasty hit and un called for. He’s a ” loosehead”
    and should have got longer.. Should have got more than 1 game, but just because he’s
    Gronk they were lenient. He can go on a “party cruise” instead this weekend,

  103. If and when Gronk ever makes the Hall of Fame, I am going to remember this Mr. Bill Polian, which is a blatant crime that OchoUno/T.O. never once committed, and do not tell me that a player’s livelihood could be gone in an instant from a verbal tirade of the sort that OchoUno/T.O. may have been liable for inside the lockerroom, compared to what Gronk did against a defenseless opponent. Do Not Tell Me, Mr. Polian.

  104. Ha! They should rest all the starters Monday. So long as they win out after that they take home field

  105. codylaws says:
    December 4, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    If I’m #27 I’d sue him for everything he has.
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    And you’d be told by the court that you cannot sue a guy for something that happens during a game.

  106. Pat’s fan here. I’m glad he got suspended. No room for this kind of nonsense at all. Man up and take the suspension, Gronk.

  107. There isn’t much to like about people with IQs as low as Gronkowski.
    He’s just a moron through and through and lucky he had enough talent to be an athlete.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s functionally illiterate.

  108. Maybe this will bring to light why he gets “frustrated”. Both he and Safarian/Jenkins have been robbed by the refs all year long. These big fellas have incentive based payment structures and the missed opportunity’s cost them dough. All that aside it was a bone headed move by Gronk and he deserves what he got if not more. Rest up and we will look forward to seeing you in Pittsburg!

  109. gohawks7 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    Appeal? That’s pretty asinine and classless

    Well that is what you get in a union work environment…….right or wrong it is the union business agents responsibility to ensure the company is abiding by the language of the CBA. This includes consistency in discipline. Does Gronk deserve the suspension? yup, IMO but I’m not a union rep.

  110. dtroxallday says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:27 pm
    Really shocking to me how many people don’t seem to agree with a simple 1 game suspension considering what he did and the way he did it AND that it caused a concussion. I can onlly guess who these people must have voted for.
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    What is caused should have no bearing as the discipline should be based on the action and not the aftermath. Haven’t we had enough politics with the anthem garbage? Since you had to bring it up…the mindset you implied speaks to unmitigated corruption and reasonable people know that the Clintons have reigned supreme in that area for decades.

  111. reddzen says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    certifiedballer says:
    December 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Lol. This ends up helping the Patriots because he’ll miss playing against the dirty Dolphins and be fully rested for the Steelers

    Only a Pats fan would come up with this. Dirty is what Gronkowski did to a defenseless player, and outside of Suh in Detroit I don’t see any Dolphins player coming anywhere close to what I saw yesterday. Get a life, some class, and a conscience. Winning with class and dignity is a real thing outside of New England.

    And my hat is off to other Pats fans in this section who clearly see what everyone else, including Bill B, saw. There is no bright side to this, it was a cheap, dirty play, he is being punished for it according to precedent set in similar situations (although I do agree with some posters it should be more because it was a non-football play), he will serve his time, and may we hear no more about it.
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    Hey, who are you…Father Knows Best? Shut up already. All Baller was doing is stating the obvious. The Pats will benefit by having Gronk sit out Miami and be fresh as lettuce for Pittsburg. Every sports outlet have already echoed this statement. What Gronk did was not without merit. As stated numerous times above, if the refs did their job none of this would have happened. That was way out of character for Gronk or any other Patriot players. You’re a buffoon if you believe there’s winning with class anywhere outside of New England.

  112. Well that is what you get in a union work environment…
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    Yeah. Stinking unions.

    Who needs organizations that fight for higher wages, better benefits, employee safety and rights of their members?

    You’re so much better off working for an buisness that can terminate you at their leisure.

  113. smokedpears says:
    December 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm
    Pretty ridiculous it’s only one game. Check out the hit that got Andrew Sendejo a one game suspension a couple weeks ago. These two hits are worth the same suspension? Ridiculous! He intentionally tried to injure a guy. It was potentially a career ending hit. One game? Does Roger ever get anything right?
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    Yeah they are worth the same suspension. The logic is consistent in both … unnecessary and avoidable. There’s no scenario where you could expect Wallace to pop up with no affect from that Sendejo hit. The intention was to blow him up and he did.

  114. motsuret06 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    He should have been suspended for the rest of the season. One game and an appeal is nothing more than bravo sierra.
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    LOL

  115. limakey says:
    December 4, 2017 at 6:49 pm
    Gronk did not accept full responsibility. In keeping with true Patriot fashion, he made up excuses on why he purposely try to injure.
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    ^
    |

    When an apology just isn’t enough.

  116. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    December 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    One game is a joke, considering Haynesworth got five.

    But even more ridiculously, what the heck is he appealing exactly?

    Ridiculous on top of ridiculous.
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    You mean repeat offender Haynesworth? Give me a break already.

    Looking within the lens of every other flagrant illegal hit this year the suspension makes perfect sense. He’s appealing it for the same reason Green\Rmasey got nothing. The reality is it won’t succeed and he’ll sit for a week. As he should.

  117. ampatsisahypocrite says:

    December 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    One game is a joke, considering Haynesworth got five.

    But even more ridiculously, what the heck is he appealing exactly?

    Ridiculous on top of ridiculous.

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    AJ Green only got a fine and his actions were much worse. Haynesworth/Suh/Burfict all have track records, Gronk does not. It’s not hard to look up.
    And just about evey player utilizes their right to appeal a punishment, no matter the circumstances. To claim it’s unusual is uninformed.

  118. Glad that meathead only got 1 game, want the Patriots at full strength when the Steelers beat them next Sunday.

  119. luciano26 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm
    Glad that meathead only got 1 game, want the Patriots at full strength when the Steelers beat them next Sunday.
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    Didn’t you say that last year as well?

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