White says Gronk’s sus­pen­sion ‘a joke’

Rookie de­fen­sive back returns to prac­tice

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS - By Jay Skurski NEWS SPORTS RE­PORTER

Tre’Davi­ous White knows it could have been worse.

The Buffalo Bills’ rookie cor­ner­back re­turned to prac­tice Thurs­day and is on track to play in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts, but foot­ball was un­der­stand­ably not the first thing on his mind when talk­ing to re­porters about the late hit he took last Sun­day from Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

“I mean, he did what he wanted to do,” White said at his locker. “He is what he did. I mean, that’s all I’ve got to say about it, man.” White, though, wasn’t done. “It’s good, but at the same time, my life is way more im­por­tant than foot­ball,” he said when asked how much of a re­lief it was that he was able to re­turn to prac­tice so soon. “I’ve got a son to raise. I’m down there, my back’s turned, head to the ground and some­body sneakin’ me. I mean, he could have broke my neck, could have

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par­a­lyzed me.

“No­body thinks about that. They think about foot­ball. At the end of the day, if foot­ball ended to­day or to­mor­row, I’ll be fine. As long as I’m able to walk and raise my son and do the things that I want to do.”

Af­ter feel­ing like he was in­ter­fered with on a play White in­ter­cepted Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski slammed into the Bills’ rookie, who is 7 inches shorter and weighs nearly 75 pounds less.

Gronkowski apol­o­gized for the hit in the locker room af­ter the game Sun­day, say­ing he acted out of frus­tra­tion. White said he hasn’t heard from the


Pa­tri­ots’ tight end, nor does he want to. He also re­fused to com­ment on whether he’ll say any­thing to Gronkowski when the Bills visit New Eng­land on Dec. 24.

White told re­porters that he was glad to have his mouth­piece in, fear­ing that he might oth­er­wise have bit­ten his tongue off.

“At that point, I re­ally couldn’t think,” he said of the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math fol­low­ing the hit. “Headache. Busted my lip, stuff like that. But when I could get up and walk and see what was go­ing on, I knew I was fine.”

White called the one-game sus­pen­sion Gronkowski re­ceived “a joke,” but re­fused to elab­o­rate on what he meant when he texted for­mer player Ryan Clark that “the whole hood want him,” re­fer­ring to Gronkowski. Clark read the text on ESPN Ra­dio.

“That’s be­tween me and Ryan,” White said. “No­body knows what it means but he and I.”

Bills fans have been out­raged by the play since Sun­day, which isn’t lost on White.

“I know peo­ple care, but ul­ti­mately I’m wor­ried about my fam­ily, things like that,” he said. “That’s what’s most im­por­tant to me. I’ve got a son. Seven months. It could have been to­tally worse than that. Me not be­ing able to walk again or some­thing like that.”

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