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White changing tune on Gronk after calling him a dirty player

White changing tune on Gronk after calling him a dirty player

It’s possible the “whole ‘hood” may still want a piece of the Patriots Rob Gronkowski, but Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White has had a change of heart when it comes to Gronk. Or maybe just maybe the rookie is following his coach’s lead and focusing more on the task at hand - beating the Pats and earning a playoff spot - than exacting revenge on the all-world tight end. 

Speaking today to Sirius XM NFL radio, White said the anger that bubbled over after that Gronkowski cheap shot in Buffalo December 3rd has subsided and now he just wants to play ball.

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“As I've had time to think about it, I knew he wasn't that type of player. We just honed in and moved on from it. But I get the film Sunday and the best way that I can handle that situation and just try to go in there and just get a big old ‘W' in their stadium and try to help our playoff chances. So yeah, I'm not a guy who's going to try to do a cheap shot after the whistle. Nothing. I'm gonna play the game the way it's supposed to be played. Respect the game and just like I said, going in there and winning would be the best revenge."

That’s a sharp turn from where White was less than two weeks ago. He told Buffalo reporters Gronk was a dirty player.

"Man, it's a joke, dog. Man, I don't know what to say on that. I'm laying there. He snuck me with my back turned. He could have broke my neck. I mean, I got a son to raise. All that. People don't think about that when they just react."

Gronkowski spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since his one-game suspension and refused to address White’s comments or whether or not he had reached out to the player. In the immediate aftermath of the first Bills game, Gronk’s comments seemed to lack the necessary remorse - or at least that’s how it was read in some corners.

“First of all, I definitely want to apologize to number 27,”  Gronkowski said. “I’m not in the business of that. There was a lot of frustration. I was just really frustrated at that moment and it just happened naturally through emotions and frustrations. I just want to apologize to Tre'Davious White. I don’t really believe in any types of shots like that but just through the frustration process -- the game of football -- emotions, (it's) what happened.”

If the Bills win their final two games, they will make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the longest active playoff drought in any major sport. Meanwhile, Gronkowski recorded a career-high 168 yards receiving at Pittsburgh in his first game back from the suspension.

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Rob Gronkowski's cameo at Syracuse-Duke game has Twitter buzzing

Rob Gronkowski's cameo at Syracuse-Duke game has Twitter buzzing

Who needs a beach vacation when you can watch college basketball in central New York?

Rob Gronkowski apparently had that same thought, as the New England Patriots tight end showed up to the Carrier Dome in full Orange regalia Saturday night to watch Syracuse battle No. 1 Duke.

Gronkowski hails from the Buffalo area -- he grew up in nearby Williamsville, N.Y. -- hence the allegiance to Syracuse, about 150 miles east on I-90.

The 29-year-old rolled in with a crew, too, as his brothers joined him in courtside seats for the high-profile matchup.

It looks like Gronk even got his own custom jersey for the occasion, a No. 4 jersey with "Gronkowski" on the back.

The star tight end doesn't have direct ties to Syracuse, as he played his college ball at Arizona. But the Gronkowski clan still has a connection to the Orange, as his father, Gordon, played football at Syracuse.

Gronkowski still hasn't decided whether he'll return for the 2019 season, and it appears he's still enjoying his time away from football with some nice quiet family time.

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Is Robert Kraft "biggest name" charged in prostitution case, after all?

Is Robert Kraft "biggest name" charged in prostitution case, after all?

Those waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Florida prostitution scandal may be stuck holding their breath.

ESPN's Adam Schefter prompted massive speculation Friday by mentioning on "SportsCenter" he was told Robert Kraft is "not the biggest name involved" in a Jupiter, Fla., bust that resulted in the New England Patriots owner being charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution.

The list of "bigger names" than Kraft, the owner of arguably the most visible franchise in North American sports, isn't a long one. So, who the heck was Schefter referring to?

Turns out those close to the investigation are wondering the same thing.

From Deadspin's interview with Palm Beach County state attorney's office spokesman Mike Edmonson:

Deadspin asked Edmondson about a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying he’d been “told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida.” Edmondson responded: “Nobody around here has any idea what [Schefter] is referring to.

Police released a list Friday of 25 people facing charges for their alleged involvement in a human trafficking ring run out of several Florida day spas. Kraft was the only notable public figure on the list, but police added they've identified at least 100 men suspected of paying prostitutes for sex as part of their months-long investigation.

That means it's still possible another high-profile figure gets connected to the scandal. But according to Edmonson, it's also possible we've already seen the biggest bombshell.

Kraft strongly denied any illegal activity in a statement Friday afternoon, but a warrant for his arrest is expected to be issued Monday, so we likely won't have closure on this case for some time.

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