Another week, another Lions' player making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Reports are rolling in suggesting Lions' center Dominic Raiola hurled disgusting insults at members of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.
According to UW band member Zach York's Facebook page, "After marching down the field awaiting the national anthem, (Raiola) 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."
Since Zach took to social media, other members of the band have come forward to confirm his story.
Dominic Raiola is a 34 year old captain of the Detroit Lions. He is a 13 year veteran of the NFL. Regardless of any past tendencies associated with the Badger Band, a 34 year old man acted childish and -- dare I say -- worse than some of his teammates who have endured some high-profile incidents.
I attended the University of Wisconsin. During my time there -- I was friends with many members of the band. Some of my favorite memories from college are with members of the band. They are some of the best, most caring people I have ever known. I realize the UW band has, in the past, been good at getting under peoples' skin. However, none of that excuses a grown man from uttering the things Raiola is accused of uttering.
When does it all stop? When do the Lions' organization put an end to the spectacle? One thing is clear, if these reports are true, the NFL needs to come down hard on Raiola.