National Football League suspends Patriots' Rob Gronkowski one game for illegal hit

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Gronkowski was not ejected for the play, but called for unnecessary roughness penalty.

Bill Belichick also apologized to Bills coach Sean McDermott in their post-game exchange, calling it "a BS play". It was unclear what McDermott said to Belichick to elicit that response from the Patriots coach. "I wasn't happy with what ensued after that". I've been a part of plenty of games, whatever sport it might be. "He's [Gronkowski] a better player than that". I was just really frustrated at that moment naturally through emotions and frustration, and just want (to apologize to) Tre'Davious White.

But a simple apology can't suffice here.

White intercepted Brady on a deep pass down the right sideline with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, lying face-down on the ground to secure the ball.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Gronkowski will appeal the suspension, which would cost him $281,250 in lost salary.

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"I kind of felt like he pushed me a little bit and made the play, and I just don't understand why there wasn't a flag", Gronkowski said of the play. "That's not cool. It's incredible to me that you don't get ejected for something like that". I saw on the replay it was just a dirty play, man. It's insane. He obviously saw him on the ground.

The NFL last week suspended Broncos CB Aqib Talib and Raiders WR Michael Crabtree for their involvement in a huge scuffle two weeks ago in Oakland, and the league is taking a harder look at on-field punishment that coincides with its increased attention to player safety. "So I would say on this one if there is some news from the league office we would try to get it to you by close of business today". "It is not something that we have any control over".

A first-team All-Pro selection automatically would trigger the largest possible payday, though, and Gronkowski, a four-time All-Pro, remains a front-runner for that honor.

The Patriots tight end apologized after the game, saying the hit was due to a lot of frustration for the lack of calls by the officials.

"After the play, I was asking the ref, like, what did I do?" I got no explanation.