Rob Gronkowski was suspended by the NFL for the first time in his seven year career after his late hit on defenseless Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White in Sunday’s 23-3 win, ESPN reports.
NFL VP of Football Operations said in a letter to Gronkowski:
“Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at serious risk of injury,” NFL VP of Football Operations said in a letter to Gronkowski.
“The Competition Committee has clearly expressed it’s goal of ‘eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.’ Those hits include the play you were involved in yesterday.” [via SB Nation]
After the game, Gronk took full responsibility for the dirty hit that shook up Tre’Davious White.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gronk will appeal his one-game suspension. If it is upheld, Gronk will miss next week’s game against the Dolphins.
A 1 game suspension will cost Gronk a $250k game check, a $31,250 game-day roster bonus, and will make it that much tougher to reach his $5.5 million incentive level (90 percent of snaps, OR 80 catches, OR 1,200 yards, OR 14 touchdowns)
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