Lions’ Dominic Raiola: ‘I don’t really care’ what Bill Belichick said about me

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola.

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As we found out last Sunday, Dominic Raiola isn’t one to back down.

The Detroit Lions center proved that in an unpleasant way against the Patriots, taking several cheap shots at New England defensive end Zach Moore as the game wound down at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had a brilliant response to Raiola’s actions after the game, remarking that the 35-year-old had "never beaten" New England during his 14-year career.

Raiola was asked about Belichick’s comments Tuesday, and apparently he has no time for the three-time Super Bowl champion coach.

"Not a lot of people beat those guys," Raiola said, via ESPN. "I don’t really care what he said. I didn’t make it an issue. I just finished the game." Raiola also used the "finishing the game" excuse after Sunday’s contest, apparently angry with the Patriots’ decision to go for it on fourth down late in their 34-9 win. The NFL looked into Raiola’s late-game actions and issued a $10,000 fine for unnecessary roughness on Wednesday.

"I don’t know about regrets. I don’t live life with regrets," Raiola had said. "I know I didn’t intentionally try to hurt anybody."

Moore thankfully wasn’t hurt on either play, but many still ripped Raiola for his attempted cheap shots.


Raiola, of course, didn’t see it that way. "I didn’t try to do anything out of the ordinary," he said on Tuesday. "Just play the game. I mean, I didn’t make it a big deal. Everybody else did."


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