The fallout from the hit that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski put on Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White has mostly subsided after the NFL issued a one-game suspension to Gronkowski for his actions.
However, on Thursday, White passed through the concussion protocol and is now on track to play in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was also able to speak with the media for the first time since the incident, and had some pretty strong words.
The transcript, in full:
Q: What was your reaction to the hit and at that stage of the game?
Tre’Davious White: It is what is. He did what he wanted to do. He is what he did. That’s all I’ve got to say about it, man.
Q: How relieved are you that — I know that a lot of Bills fans when it happened were fearing the worst, a multi-week thing — how much of a relief is that especially with it being the head.
White: My life is way more important than football. I’ve got a son to raise, man. I’m down there with back turned, head to the ground, and somebody sneakin’ me. I mean, I could have broke my neck. It could have paralyzed me. Nobody thinks about that, they think about football. At the end of the day, if football ends 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.
Q: How afraid were you that in the immediate aftermath that it was going to be something serious?
White: Uh, at that point, I really couldn’t think. I was, you know, headache, bust my lip, stuff like that but, if I could get up and walk and see what was going on, I knew I was fine. That’s here or there.
Q: Do you feel the NFL handled it correctly?
White: I can’t comment on that.
Q: What did you mean in the text that you said to Ryan Clark?
White: I mean, that’s between me and Ryan. I’m not going to comment on that.
Q: He put it out there, that’s the only reason we ask.
White: I mean, that’s…. Nobody knows other than me.
Q: Do you expect that in a couple of weeks you have something to say to [Gronkowski]?
Q: What was it like to see the reaction from teammates and fans, the concern that people had for you?
White: I know that people care. But, ultimately I’m worried about my family. That’s what’s most important to me, you know. 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. So, here or there.