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Patriots defend Rob Gronkowski: 'I wouldn’t call Gronk a dirty player'

Ryan Hannable
December 07, 2017 - 5:20 pm

FOXBORO -- Thursday in Buffalo, Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White sounded off on Rob Gronkowski, calling him a dirty player for his late hit in Sunday's game.

"The guy did what he wanted to do," White told reporters. "He is what he did. Dirty shot, so what does that make him? Dirty player. Simple."

Later on in the afternoon, Patriots players at Gillette Stadium defended their tight end, who is suspended for Monday's game in Miami.

“I won’t respond directly to Tre’Davious, but I’ll defend the character of Rob,” fellow tight end Dwayne Allen said. “Rob is a guy again, who is a tremendous player. [He’s] a high character guy who comes to work, who loves his teammates and loves playing the game of football and goes about playing the game the right way. I can only speak to his character. I’ve only had one year of Rob, but everything that Rob has shown me this year has shown me a guy who loves the game of football, goes about playing it the right way, and wouldn’t want to harm anyone.”

Duron Harmon admitted what Gronkowski did was bad, but wouldn't call him a dirty player.

“It’s rough to comment on that because it’s just bad," he said. "I’ve known Gronk for five years now. Gronk is not only a tremendous football player but a tremendous teammate. He’ll do anything for you. Always has a smile on his face. Always doing the right thing. In that moment, it didn’t happen. But I wouldn’t call Gronk a dirty player. It [was] a bad situation.”

The Bills and Patriots will meet again on Christmas Eve at Gillette Stadium.

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