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New England Patriots star tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski was flagged for a late hit against Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White on Sunday after White intercepted a Tom Brady pass intended for Gronk.

Both Gronk and Patriots coach Bill Belichick have apologized for the hit. Gronk will likely face a fine and a possible suspension.

Late hits, roughing the quarterback, running into the kicker, and multiple other fouls, some them “flagrant,” go with the territory in the NFL. Players sometimes let their emotions get the best of them in the heat of battle.

None of the above is what this post is about — Gronk is white, and White is black.

WROC sports anchor Dan Fetes described Gronk's hit this way:

Fetes wasn't finished:

Michael David Smith, the managing editor of Pro Football Talk, said the league “probably won't suspend Gronk,” although he failed to say why:

Tweet after tweet condemning Gronk over the hit flooded Twitter.

Then there was this from former NBC reporter Luke Russert, son of the late “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert:

This self-described “Gronk fan” not only agreed with Russert, he wondered why Gronk “gets away with A LOT”:

Four separate penalties were assessed on the play, as reported by SB Nation:

  • Unnecessary roughness against Gronkowski.
  • Unnecessary roughness on Bills safety Micah Hyde.
  • Unnecessary roughness against Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct on Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes.

The NFL said it will review the play this week.

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