Lions' center Dominic Raiola apologizes to UW band, donates money

2013-10-09T05:30:00Z Lions' center Dominic Raiola apologizes to UW band, donates moneyDAN SIMMONS | Wisconsin State Journal | dsimmons@madison.com | 608-252-6136 madison.com

The Detroit Lions player accused of insulting members of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band on Sunday has apologized and offered a financial donation to the band, the team and player said in statements.

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

The team said Raiola called Mike Leckrone, longtime director of the band, on Tuesday afternoon to apologize and offer the donation for an unspecified amount of money.

The actions by Raiola prompted the Lions to stop their investigation of the incidents that occurred before and during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

He won’t be disciplined further, team president Tom Lewand said.

In a Sunday Facebook post, UW band member Zach York accused Raiola of making verbal insults, some sexual in nature, prior to the Green Bay Packers’ 22-9 win over the Lions.

Leckrone said five or six band members told him during the game that Raiola verbally abused them while standing in the end zone at the end of their pregame performance.

Six to eight other band members who overheard Raiola’s tirade offered similar versions, he added.

The band performed before the game and at halftime.

Raiola, whose brother Donovan played center at UW from 2002 to 2005, is a veteran center who played college football at the University of Nebraska.

He was drafted by the Lions in 2002 and has spent his entire NFL career with the team.

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  1. retired
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    retired - October 09, 2013 1:28 pm
    Does anybody besides me find this just a little bit on the funny side ?? Was it not just a few yrs. ago at the Rose bowl, that the uw band got in trouble ? I just see it,,,, WE R FROM MADISON, U CAN'T TALK TO US THAT WAY, OH BOY. {I repeat, Madison, city of habitual offended surrounded by reality. Do u really think Detroit really cares ?
  2. mbadger
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    mbadger - October 09, 2013 12:46 pm
    Imagine that! The UW band getting upset about boorish behavior.
  3. DanMerc
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    DanMerc - October 09, 2013 10:09 am
    Don't accept the money UW. Have him do a public apology during halftime at this weeks homecoming game.
  4. Lexus Peterson
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    Lexus Peterson - October 09, 2013 9:43 am
    Great so we learn the lesson how inappropriate it is to behave that way but it can be fixed by buying someone off. UW should not accept that money.
  5. dakref
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    dakref - October 09, 2013 8:25 am
    And what kind of thug is a horse's ass?
  6. pony
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    pony - October 09, 2013 7:04 am
    football thug vs uw band thugs
  7. Lynn4300XL
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    Lynn4300XL - October 09, 2013 6:39 am
    I feel better now that we got money.
  8. iponder
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    iponder - October 08, 2013 6:20 pm
    Four years at Nebraska followed by 11 years with the Lions would make anyone crazy.
  9. Habitat
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    Habitat - October 08, 2013 5:04 pm
    I'm very impressed with the comments made by Mr. Leckrone in the last two paragraphs--they are refreshing in these days of unforgiving and unrelenting outrage.

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