Tom Brady ‘disappointed’ over Rob Gronkowski’s one-game suspension
Tom Brady on Monday night said he’s “disappointed” by Rob Gronkowski’s suspension but expressed hope perhaps his teammate’s appeal will be successful.
The New England Patriots tight end was suspended for one game by the NFL for his dirty hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White during Sunday’s 23-3 victory.
What the hell are you doing, Gronk? pic.twitter.com/mZTgJA62eU
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 3, 2017
White was subsequently placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol as a result of the cheap shot.
Gronkowski apologized after the game, saying he was frustrated, citing “the game of football, emotions — it’s just what happened.”
Brady seemed to agree with his teammate over the emotional angle.
“It’s an emotional game, and the emotions got the best of Rob,” Brady said Monday during his weekly appearance on Westwood One Radio’s coverage of “Monday Night Football,” via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I’m disappointed that he won’t be out there with us on Monday night. I think he’s appealing it, but we’ll see how that goes. I support Rob. I love Rob. He’s been such a great supporter of mine. He knows I’m always here for him.”
Brady’s comments Monday night echo what he said earlier in the day.
“It’s an emotional game, and these are all spur-of-the-moment things,” Brady said on WEEI radio, via the Boston Herald. “They just happen, and we deal with the penalty, and they got some penalties on the play too. You always love to keep your cool all the time, but you’re in a sport where you’re trying to run and block and hit and tackle and be physical and aggressive, and that’s why people tune in. If it was a pillow fight, people wouldn’t tune in to watch.”
As noted, Gronkowski appealed the one-game suspension, and reports indicate it’s expected the ruling will come quickly, perhaps as soon as Tuesday. If the suspension is upheld, Gronkowski will miss the Patriots’ upcoming game Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.