Tre'Davious White calls Rob Gronkowski's suspension 'a joke'

  • Tre'Davious White calls Rob Gronkowski's suspension 'a joke'

Tre'Davious White calls Rob Gronkowski's suspension 'a joke'

While White's availability for a critical game against the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field hasn't been confirmed, clearing the concussion protocol is a key step toward being active for Sunday's contest. Gronkowski slammed his elbow into the back of White's head.

Gronkowski, a Buffalo-area native, received an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play and a one-game suspension from the National Football League that will force him to miss the Pats' Week 14 road game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. I mean, there was a lot of frustration and I was just really frustrated at that moment and it just happened naturally through emotions. My back turned. I could have broken my neck. People don't think about that when they react, but that's here or there. "At the end of the day he's a good guy". "From where I'm from, stuff like that don't fly", he added.

"I won't respond directly to Tre'Davious, but I'll definitely defend the character of Rob", fellow Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen said Thursday afternoon.

Damon was then asked if he thinks Gronkowski is a fair player. "I'll take it one game at a time", White said. "But when I could get up and walk and see what was going on, I knew I was fine".

Gronkowski received his suspension for hitting White after the play had been whistled dead.

"No. His intentions were what he did", White said. "He did what he wanted to do".

"I'm glad I had my mouthpiece in", White said, per

"It's tough to comment on that because all in itself it's just bad, but I've known Gronk for five years now".

"Man, it's a joke", White said.

"I know people care, but ultimately I'm anxious about my family, things like that", he said.

"The thing that surprised me just as much ... we didn't retaliate". I have my son. Seven months. It could have been totally worse than that.