Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lions investigate allegations Dominic Raiola verbally abused Wisconsin marching band

An NFL player has caused outrage after allegedly shouting vile names and homophobic slurs at a college marching band.

Detroit Lions starting center Dominic Raiola allegedly taunted the University of Wisconsin-Madison band during Sunday night's game with the Green Bay Packers, calling one female player, a "c***."

The band was performing at the game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday when the 300-pound Raiola reportedly shouted insults about the musicians' weights and sexuality.

Michael Leckrone, the director of bands at Wisconsin,said the unprovoked incident occurred just before the start of the national anthem in the end zone as the band was planning on finishing up its pregame performance. The Wisconsin band travels once a year to perform at a Packers game.

One band member Zach York posted publicly on his Facebook page: "Dominic Raiola is literally the worst person I have ever had the fortune to encounter. 

"After marching down the field awaiting the national anthem, He went off on a verbal tirade, among other things, questioning my sexuality (as a band member) and then continued on to bring my sister and my recently deceased mother into the conversation. 

"After I refused to give him the satisfaction of turning to look at him, he switched targets to a trombone ranting at him calling him overweight and saying he can't play a real sport.

"After our halftime show, the same fine gentleman called a female member of the band the "c" word."

The former Nebraska All-American reportedly has a history of fan incidents. The Detroit Lions apologized for the player and said that they would respond further once they had investigated further. 

A spokesman for the University of Wisconsin-Madison told fox11: "Special opportunities such as playing before a Packers game are highlights for our band members: something they look forward to, and that we hope they will remember with pride.

The Lions went on to a 22-9 defeat at the hands of their division rival. 

No comments:

Post a Comment