Gronk apologized to the rookie in the locker room, but claimed his desire to crush the corner's skull occurred "naturally", whatever that means.
Gronkowski was called for a personal foul for unnecessary roughness, but was not ejected from the game. Danny Amendola was flagged for the same thing, as was Buffalo's Micah Hyde. The 28-year-old was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but was not tossed from the game.
Gronkowski could face further discipline from the league for the hit. "I don't really believe in the type of shots like that, but just through the frustration process, the game of football, emotions - it's just what happened".More news: US Defence Secy Mattis to visit Pak next week
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a reputation for being a fun-loving guy who works hard and plays considerably harder. "I just want to apologize to Tre'Davious White".
"First of all, I want to apologize to No. 27", Gronkowski told reporters after the game. His tight end lost his cool, too. "There was just a lot of frustration. And they're calling me for the craziest stuff ever". It just happened natuually through emotions and frustration.
Gronk was targeted 11 times as he dominated the Pats' passing game.
"I just don't understand why there wasn't a flag", he continued.