First, let me start off with this: Gronk’s hit on Buffalo CB Tre’Davious White was dirty. There’s no way around it. There’s no excuse for what he did, and there’s no place for that in the game. However, just because it was a dirty play, does not mean that he should have been suspended for it.
Here’s a handy list of reasons you can give to Patriots haters when they tell you the suspension was well deserved, and anyone else would’ve been suspended for it:
First, the NFL has been all over the place with doling out discipline this year. They gave Danny Trevathan a 2-game suspension (which was later reduced to 1 game) for his awful hit on Devante Adams but gave no suspension to Kiko Alonso for his obviously dirty hit on Joe Flacco (which sent him into the concussion protocol).
Then there’s the AJ Green and Jalen Ramsey fight. Ramsey shoves Green, and then Green basically attacks Ramsey, choke slamming him to the ground, throwing a few punches, and then choke slamming to the ground again, just for good measure. For all of this, AJ Green got, you guessed it, no suspension.
People will tell you that Green didn’t get suspended because he has a totally clean record and had never done anything like this before. If that’s the case, then where’s the leniency for Gronk? He’s never been in trouble with the league, and, beyond throwing Sergio Brown out the club, has never been close to the line. While we’re talking about reputation, we can bring up Vontez Burfict, the guy so dirty, he even cheap shots his own teammates. Last year, he dove at Marty B’s knee, and not only was he not suspended, he wasn’t even fined. The ball was nowhere near Marty, and he was running a route, there was no explanation, other than he was trying to hurt him.
So, after all the history, and the inconsistency, you certainly have the right to be upset that Gronk is suspended for next week’s game. Again, the hit was dirty, and maybe, in a consistent league, it should certainly warrant a suspension. However, based on recent history, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for what the NFL does, and that leaves plenty of room for debate.