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Detroit Lions' Dominic Raiola Accused of Harassing College Band Members

| by Michael Allen

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola has been accused of shouting obscenities and insults at the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band.

The band was at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. to perform before the Sunday night Lions-Packers game and during halftime.

Raiola allegedly called one female band member a "c--t," mocked the weight of a trombone player and made homophobic remarks about band member Zach York.

York called out the NFL player 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.


"We are proud of the way members of the UW Band have brought this matter to our attention, and how they kept their focus on providing a great experience for the fans at Lambeau Field,"
a spokesman for the University of Wisconsin-Madison told Fox 11.

In response, Jim Schwartz, the Lions Head Coach, said, "When you go on the road there's hostile environments. Fans say a lot of things and stuff like that. We need to stay above stuff like that. I'd be very disappointed if that's the case, because that's certainly not the character we want to display."

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The Lions are investigating the incident.

The team's website says that Raiola was fined $15,000 for using obscene words and a hand gesture in Miami in 2010. Then in 2012, he was fined $7,500 for inappropriate conduct toward fans during a loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Sources: DetroitLions.com, Fox 11, Facebook