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Gronkowski suspended one game for late hit; will appeal decision

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Gronk banned 1 game for gratuitous hit

The post-play blow Rob Gronkowski applied to Tre'Davious White's head during Sunday's game resulted in the National Football League suspending the All-Pro tight end for one game.

Gronkowski has been suspended for one game after delivering a leaping forearm to the back of Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White's head after White was down on the ground following an interception in Sunday's game.

Gronkowski will appeal the punishment, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told The Associated Press.

After the game yesterday, Belichick said he didn't get much of a look at the hit by Gronkowski, although video captured by Rochester sports anchor Prescott Rossi showed Belichick apologizing to Bills coach Sean McDermott after the game. Acting out of frustration, Gronkowski dove onto White. Gronkowski was also frustrated with previous calls against him, saying the referees called him for the "craziest stuff ever" on a couple of occasions earlier in the game.

"I definitely want to apologize to number 27", he said, referring to White. "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 was a lot of frustration. I don't really believe in those type shots like that.

Barring a successful appeal, Gronkowski will miss New England's game against Miami next Monday night.

Zolak thought that White was holding on the play and that somehow excused Gronkowski's retaliation.

At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, he is bigger than the players trying to cover him, and he has increasingly complained that officials ignore interference by defenders because his size can make it seem inconsequential. "At that moment, it happened naturally through emotions and frustration". Sunday's win over the Bills was the first game this season in which Gronkowski cleared either of those marks (nine catches, 147 yards). And it's insane, like, what am I supposed to do? And then they don't call that?

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