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Bills CB Tre'Davious White reportedly says the 'whole hood' is after Rob Gronkowski

Alex Reimer
December 06, 2017 - 10:52 am

Rob Gronkowski may have to watch his back when the Patriots take on the Bills Christmas Eve.

In a text message to former Steelers safety and ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, Tre’Davious White appears to hint his teammates are seeking revenge against Gronkowski. The Patriots tight end was suspended one game for hitting White in the back of the helmet after a play on Sunday. The rookie corner, who's in concussion protocol, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. 

White’s text message about Gronk apparently says, “The whole hood want ‘em.” That’s seemingly in reference to the Bills, who have been criticized this week for not coming to White’s defense. 

“I thought they should’ve jumped him,” Clark said Tuesday with Ryen Russillo. “That was my initial thought. His teammates should’ve came to his defense. … In some way, his teammates should’ve let Gronkowski know how dirty and how out of bounds that play was.”

Clark is not alone. Ex-Bills quarterback Jim Kelly expressed his frustration earlier this week with Buffalo’s lack of response.

"We had three guys standing there," Kelly said, per ESPN. "When you see a shot like that -- if I'm the coach, yeah, you want to play smart, you don't want to play dirty, you don't want to get that penalty and all that. But boy, when you see something like that, and it happens right in front of you -- me as a quarterback, I might have ran over and gave him a good shot.”

Former Bills safety Aaron Williams expressed similar sentiments on Twitter, saying Buffalo players showed “no clout.” 

Gronkowski apologized to White after the game, before delving into a rant about his unhappiness with the way he’s officiated. Gronk says his frustration has been building for the entirety of his seven-year career. 

Bill Belichick immediately expressed contrition to Bills head coach Sean McDermott. Microphones caught Belichick telling McDermott the late hit was “b*******” when they shook hands postgame. 

The NFL will probably be on high alert for retaliatory measures when the Patriots and Bills play Dec. 24, especially given White’s apparent text message. On Monday, McDermott complimented his players for controlling their emotions. 

"I know what I saw," he said, via ESPN. "I'm also proud, to a point, of the poise that we showed. Because that's important as we build this thing, that we're doing things the right way. The referees handle things, and then we have to play within the rules."

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