While New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's hit on Buffalo Bills rookie Tre'Davious White has been nearly unanimously criticized and led to Gronkowski being suspended for one game, Patriots radio announcer and ex-QB Scott Zolak had a different take.
"I've never seen him do that before", Bills running back LeSean McCoy said of how Gronkowski led with his shoulder in pile-driving a defenseless White in the back of the head in the fourth quarter of New England's 23-3 win Sunday.
Gronkowski apologized to White after the play but during the same comment said he was agitated because the rookie was holding him, and the three-time All-Pro pass-catcher said years' worth of frustration boiled over in that regrettable hit.
Belichick was asked how he might deal with potentially not having Gronkowski in Week 14.
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"I'd say on anything that is outside of our control, such as injuries that could go down to pregame workouts and so forth, things that are out of control are out of our control", Belichick said. "It was bullshit. I'm sorry". "We'll address the things that we can address".
The flag against Gronkowski was one of four penalties on the play.
"First of all, I want to apologize to No. 27", Gronkowski told reporters. Hyde and Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola were both called for unnecessary roughness for a separate altercation, and Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for his behavior toward officials. It was a lot of frustration. "I don't really believe in any types of shots like that but just through the frustration process - the game of football - emotions, (it's) what happened".
Gronkowski opened his press conference by apologizing for his action, noting that he can't let frustration get the best of his emotions. And there was a couple times in the game - they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever. It's like insane. Like, what am I supposed to do? And then they don't call that.