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Gronkowski’s one-game suspension upheld

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, makes a catch as Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (27) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills head coach Sean McDermott, right, looks on during the play. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The NFL has upheld Rob Gronkowski’s one-game suspension.

But New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft doesn't seem upset.

"I love Gronk and we'll just move on," Kraft told NBC 10 News. "We have our planning and we'll do what we have to do."

The league suspended the New England Patriots star following a hit during Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting a pass in Buffalo on Sunday when Gronkowski body-slammed him, driving his forearm into White's back and head. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but not kicked out of the game.

Gronkowski appealed his suspension on Tuesday, but the league acted quickly and decided to uphold it. He will sit out Monday night's game against the Dolphins in Miami.

"Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury," NFL vice president Jon Runyan said in a letter to Gronkowski. "The competition committee has clearly expressed its goal of 'eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.' Those hits include the play you were involved in yesterday."

At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, Gronkowski 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.

Gronkowski caught nine passes for 147 yards against Buffalo on Sunday. On the play that resulted in the interception, he felt he was pushed and held.

"I just don't understand why there wasn't a flag," he said. "There was a couple of times in the game they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever. It's like crazy. Like, what am I supposed to do? And then they don't call that? It was just frustration."

The suspension will cost Gronkowski roughly $280,000.



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