Did Raiola taunt Wisconsin band?

Dominic Raiola is doing his best to live up to every jock

stereotype ever written into a TV show or movie according to one

blog, which reports that the Detroit Lions center berated members

of the Wisconsin band Sunday at Lambeau Field.

On his NFL scouting blog,

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Wisconsin tuba players that they “sucked” and called them vulgar

names as they prepared to play the national anthem before the

Packers’ 22-9 win over the Lions.

“[A] band member told me Raiola was yelling at him, saying such

things such as ‘Hey fat guy, you want a hot dog?'” writes

Melton.

“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 f–k’ prior to their pregame

performance as well.”

Melton also shared this Facebook status written by a Wisconsin

band member, which describes more of Raiola’s alleged verbal

abuse:

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As of yet, there has been no confirmation or denial from Raiola

regarding his comments, but if true — and Melton reports that

Raiola’s teammate Louis Delmas apologized to the band over the

incident — the former Nebraska standout sure comes out

looking like quite the bully.

The Lions acted swiftly and released the following

statement:

“We are aware of the reports involving Dominic Raiola and

the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.

“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 aughnd will

respond further when appropriate.”