Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Band Member Says Detroit Lions Center Dominic Raiola Was Verbally Abusive


Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola has had run-ins with fans before, including fans of his own team. Now, it seems he has targeted visiting band members.

The University of Wisconsin marching band was at Lambeau Field for yesterday’s game and according to a band member, Raiola became verbally abusive without provocation. Via facebook post:

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.

Other band members commenting on the post say they also heard the insults and that another Detroit Lions player apologized for what had been said.

Check out Tom Melton’s NFL Draft Blog for even more details and comments from band members.

Raiola’s younger brother Donovan played his college football at Wisconsin.

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  • Heidi Wallner

    Detroit, I hope you take this seriously and deal with Raiola swiftly. There is no call for this behavior, and it could easily have escalated if others would have taken his lead. While I am a Packer fan, I have always thought well of the Lions. Don’t ruin your good name!

    • milarso

      Keep in mind the ONLY “news” outlet covering this story is a blog from a guy named Tom Melton. His blog (where he only uses unnamed sources) and a facebook post are the only thing fueling this. I’m not saying it didn’t happen (and if it did, he should be punished), I’m just staying that maybe we should wait until a credible source goes on the record before we crucify anyone.

      • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

        You’re underrating Tom as a credible source. I have been told that he knows some of these kids personally and he has done a lot of follow-up from the original facebook post, including confirming the apology from Delmas. The facebook post also wasn’t done in a way that sought to bring national attention. It is also worth noting that a story like this isn’t out of character for Raiola at all.

      • McMacBack

        Ya. Its a big conspiracy. UW Wisconsins band is known for making up stories like this. Sarcasm

        • milarso

          And social media backlash when no real facts have been confirmed has a great track record of being accurate… Sarcasm.

  • #9458248

    The old ‘no one saw saw anything that may have provoked him’ isn’t a watertight declaration that no one didn’t provoke him.

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      Remember, this is the same man who has verbally abused and flipped the bird to his own crowd.

      I had a reader inform me this morning of a similar incident in Philadelphia last year:
      https://twitter.com/Coolbreeze_VA/status/387222830347063296
      https://twitter.com/Coolbreeze_VA/status/387223757934178305

      • Kysan Simms

        As my tweets stated, I went to the Lions-Eagles game Philly last year and witnessed Raiola in action. My wife and I had 2nd row endzone seats, so we could hear everything. There was lady in the front row with her young son (Philly fans). She was plus size, but I didnt think nothing of it. The Olinemen came out of the tunnel to do their warm up. The lady was standing watching the field, and totatlly unprovoked Raiola ran over towards her and starts calling her all kinds of names. “Fat B”, “Go lose some weight you Fat B”, “Fat this, Fat that”. This went on during their whole warm up. To say my wife and I was shocked would be an understatement. We were stunned that he was calling this lady all these names for no reason. And he was saying all of this while her son was standing there. He was probably 9 or 10. I lost a lot of repect for Raiola after that.

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