Barry Church fined $24K for hit that concussed Rob Gronkowski
Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church is being punished by the NFL for his controversial hit on Rob Gronkowski in last weekend’s AFC title game.
The league announced on Friday that Church had been fined $24,309 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the New England Patriots tight end in the Jaguars’ 24-20 loss, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
#Jaguars safety Barry Church was fined $24,309 for the hit that gave Rob Gronkowski a concussion last week.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 27, 2018
The hit occurred on a drive late in the first half and resulted in a concussion for Gronkowski, who missed the rest of the game.
The helmet to helmet hit on Gronk who went to the locker room pic.twitter.com/J9Ce0jKqjM
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 21, 2018
While Gronkowski should hopefully be cleared in time for the Super Bowl, many thought that there was malicious intent behind Church’s hit, forcing the veteran safety to defend himself.