Dominic Raiola

Well, here’s that heartfelt apology from Dominic Raiola and the Detroit Lions we’ve all been waiting for in what we might as well call Bandgate.

Oh, and it came in the form of a statement released by the team, rather than anyone actually getting in front of a camera or anything. As you no doubt know, Raiola made some crude comments to members of the Wisconsin marching band, which was performing at the Green Bay Packers game on Sunday.

Here’s the apology.

“My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate. I apologize to those I offended along with all of the members of Wisconsin’s Marching Band,” Lions center Dominic Raiola said in a statement issued by the team.

“I also apologize to the Lions’ organization and my teammates. I understand the standards to which we should conduct ourselves, and my actions Sunday fell dramatically short of those standards.”

Detroit Lions standards. That’s funny.

Team president Tom Lewand, who actually called the UW band director and apologized, also had something in the statement.

“After investigating the matter and discussing Sunday’s events with Dominic, we are pleased that he has taken ownership of his actions and admitted those actions were wrong and unacceptable,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement issued by the team. “We are also pleased that he is supporting his apology with a significant donation to the Wisconsin Marching Band Fund. Due to Dominic’s sincere and appropriate response, there will be no additional disciplinary action by the team.”

Ah, money, that will make everything cool.

Anyway, we’re putting this one to bed. The Detroit Lions aren’t really worth talking about anymore, are they?