Gronkowski appeals $7,500 fine

November, 22, 2011
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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.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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