Gronkowski appeals $7,500 fine


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has appealed his $7,500 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct from the team's Nov. 13 win over the Jets.

Gronkowski had drawn a penalty for spiking the ball after a touchdown catch in that game, with officials deeming that he spiked the ball at a Jets player. The league followed up with the fine on Friday.

Gronkowski's post-touchdown spikes are becoming an anticipated event of sorts in New England, with the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end springing to his feet and firing the ball into the ground with force.

Gronkowski had two more on Monday night against the Chiefs.