ORCHARD PARK, NY — Patriots tight end and Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski apologized for his cheap shot hit on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, in his comments after the game.
Gronkowski was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter when he dropped an elbow on White after the rookie pulled down an interception.
"I definitely want to apologize to No. 27. I don't believe in shots like that," Gronkowski said. "I'm not in the business of that. It was a lot of frustration. At that moment, it happened naturally through emotions and frustration."
Gronkowski criticized the officiating during the play, sounding off about the "craziest stuff ever."
"At the top of the route, it felt like it was a big hole at the top, and then the throw was definitely — I mean, I felt like he kind of pushed me a little bit and made the play," Gronkowski said. "I just don't understand why there wasn't a flag.
"It was a couple times in the game, and they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever. And it's crazy, like, what I am supposed to do? And then they don't call that on [White]. It was just frustration, and that's what happened."
Bills safety Micah Hyde, who was also flagged for unnecessary roughness after the play, said he was surprised Gronkowski wasn't ejected from the game.
"That's a dirty play, man," Hyde said. "That's not cool. It's amazing to me that you don't get ejected for something like that. It's crazy. He obviously saw him on the ground. It's like a wrestling move."
Bills coach Sean McDermott said, "I just don't think there's any place in the game for that. It was unfortunate."