Ray Lewis blasts Rob Gronkowski over cheap shot that resulted in suspension
Ray Lewis has unloaded on Rob Gronkowski over a cheap shot in last Sunday’s game that resulted in the New England Patriots tight end’s one-game suspension.
The dirty hit in question that incurred the former NFL great-turned-analyst’s wrath occurred during the Patriots’ 23-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Gronkowski busted out a quasi-pro wrestling move on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White following an interception.
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.”
The apology did not inspire Lewis to let Gronkowski off the hook, as he referred to the cheap shot as “probably one of the worst plays I’ve probably ever seen in football.”
Ray Lewis was not a fan of the Gronk hit. From tonight’s Inside the NFL pic.twitter.com/HplinRlFl7
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) December 5, 2017
“That was probably one of the worst plays I’ve ever seen in football,” Lewis said during an appearance on “Inside the NFL” on Showtime. “That you would attack the guy from the back like that on a regular play? We are talking about just a regular football play. And for Gronk to take it to that level, I don’t know. Is one game [suspension] enough? Does one game do enough? I don’t know.”
Arguable hyperbole out of Lewis aside, the NFL clearly felt that the antics out of Gronkowski were out of bounds, as the league upheld the one-game suspension following an appeal, presumably much to the chagrin of Tom Brady.