Where the hell to even begin on this one? Dominic Raiola is the Detroit Lions center and has been for quite a while, so he’s accustomed to losing in Lambeau Field.
He’s also accustomed to being a dick. Last week, Raiola was talking about how Green Bay Packers fans moon players from the opposing team as they leave the stadium and how he’s wanted to fight those people. He explained that was just a symptom of frustration that comes from losing.
Well, Raiola apparently let whatever pent-up frustration he had boil over yesterday and he took it out on the Wisconsin band, which was performing at the game. Here are the highlights from Tom Melton’s post.
According to a Wisconsin tuba player, Raiola and his teammates were engaged in their pregame warm-ups on the field near the goal line when he turned around and called him and the other tubas “fat motherfuckers” and told them that “they sucked.” According to that tuba player no one in the band had done anything to provoke him, and no other band members I spoke with witnessed anything that could have provoked Raiola. The tuba player I spoke with made sure to point out that the rest of the band hadn’t even been on the field yet, and none of the tuba players said anything to him, so no one in the band could have provoked Raiola prior to him making those comments.
As the band was preparing to play the National Anthem another band member told me Raiola was yelling at him, saying such things such as “Hey fat guy, you want a hot dog?” When this band member did not acknowledge him, he continued to yell at other band members within earshot of him until the band began to play. A third band member told me Raiola was calling a band member near him a “fat fuck” prior to their pregame performance as well.
After the band’s halftime performance multiple band members I spoke with told me he and multiple other band members vividly heard Raiola ridicule a trombone player’s weight while they were performing. One band member reported hearing a female member of the band say “Hey number 51,” referring to Raiola, which multiple band members told me he responded to by calling her “the c-word” as they were walking back to their seats.
According to this band member Raiola made comments regarding his sexuality, as well as other insults involving his sister and recently deceased mother. An additional band member confirmed this story, adding that one such insult was “[Raiola] was going to take his trumpet and shove it up his sister’s pussy” in addition to Raiola “repeatedly calling him a fag.” According to this band member “as soon as we stopped for our position to play the National Anthem I just heard [Raiola] yelling continually at him.” Multiple other members of the band reported hearing Raiola uttering homophobic slurs throughout his unprovoked denigrating of the students prior to the National Anthem.
What kind of NFL player thinks he needs to pick on a bunch of college kids who are just at the game to perform for the crowd? We jokingly harp on what a terrible organization the Detroit Lions are — arrests, dirty play, lack of leadership — but this type of shit is off the rails.
What excuse can he or the Lions possibly come up to explain this away?
We’ll be waiting with bated breath.
tough guy wants to pick on college students in the band. what a dick bag. he’ll come up with some lame ass horseshit apology, and the team will say he’s not like that. my recollection is he’s been a dick since he’s been with the Lions. Nick Barnett and Raiola used to get into it pretty good at every game, to the point where you thought they would fight it out. the definition of “loser”. and “dick bag” or “douche bag” or whatever other nasty bag there is out there.
This fucking guy here…..if I continually got my ass handed to me by the Packers I would be upset too, but to bring it outside the field of play is low even for Detroit standards. I really want Datone Jones or some other big mother fucker to just get this guy one good time across the jaw and fuck his shit up. Dick bag.
What a fucking bully. I hope Ryan Pickett or Raji or someone gives payback on Thanksgiving day.
This guy has a past. From another article:
Raiola, whose brother, Donovan, played football at Wisconsin, has been fined at least twice before by the Lions for unbecoming conduct toward fans.
In 2008, he was fined $7,500 for giving the middle finger to hecklers at Ford Field. Two years later, he was fined $15,000 for giving Dolphins fans a vulgar directive after a Lions win in Miami.
Don’t believe everything you see on tv kids
What a pussy band! They should have beat Raiola’s ass right then and there. That’s what I would have done if he said that shit to me! I would have taken my tuba and stuck it up his butt! I don’t play that, because that is how I roll! Go Pack!
Says he wants to touch one or two kids in the video. Weird
I live in Michigan (sucks as a Packer fan, since it’s southern Michigan so there’s even some refugee Bears fans), and talk to a lot of Lions fans.
They don’t like him either. They hate him running his mouth, tossing out cheap shots and generally being a massive dickhead of the highest order, while not having any measurably decent play in nearly a decade.
Lions fans want him gone too. If this catches, they may get their wish.
Detroit safety (and Western Michigan alum) Loius Delmas reportedly apologized to some of the ba members for Raiola’s behavior.
The funny thing about life is that shit bags like this breed in great numbers and some guys, like myself, who would be good role models sit idle in the breeding dept. while these toolbags raise another generation of bullies.
Just the way the world works I suppose.
The true test of the Lion Organization and the NFL is to go after this ‘meat head’ with not only a lengthy period of anger mgmt time, plus a hefty fine …. now let’s see how long it takes for this to be leveled on him. I say the bozo no doubt has a mental problem and should be removed from the NFL all together.
This site is hilarious! Like Packers and their fans are nothing but angels and great people..and everyone else is shit. I hate to break it to u, but ur players have plenty of issues and do dumb shit too.
AND UR QB WEARS A THONG!!!!!! I’ll take Stafford and his blond gf any day!
And ur all dumb enough to live ur lives in cold ass, boring Wisconsin!