On Sunday, the Detroit Lions traveled to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers, where they haven't won a game since 1991. Detroit not only lost on the field, 22-9, but reportedly off the field as well.
Lions center Dominic Raiola is accused of spewing hateful trash talk at members of a college marching band before his team's loss to the Packers.
Several eyewitnesses say an unprovoked Raiola went after the University of Wisconsin Marching Band during pre-game warm-ups. The NFL player is accused of taunting several band members for being overweight, questioning the sexuality of at least one band member and using a "highly derogatory term" while addressing a woman in the band. He also allegedly told the entire band they "sucked," according to NFL.com.
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) is seen on the bench during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Credit: AP
One band member took to Facebook after the incident and gave Raiola the title of "literally the worst person I have ever had the fortune to encounter." The band member also said Raiola called one of the female members of the band the "c" word.
In a statement on Monday, the Lions said they are investigating reports of Raiola's behavior at Lambeau Field.
"Those reports are extremely inconsistent with the standard of behavior we expect from our players and from every member of our organization. We currently are gathering more information and will respond further when appropriate," the statement said.
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) and Rob Sims line up against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of a NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Credit: AP
Raiola is no stranger to disciplinary problems. He has reportedly been disciplined twice by the Lions organization for fan altercations, receiving two separate fines for $7,500 in 2008 and $15,000 in 2010.
However, Raiola said on Monday that his exchange with the college marching band was "blown way out of proportion" and the Lions have "more important things to worry about right now."