GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) A Detroit Lions player is being investigated by his own team, for comments he allegedly made to members of the UW marching band. Center Dominic Raiola is accused of verbally assaulting band members, as they prepared to perform at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
UW's band director says the incident happened as the band was preparing to play the "Star-Spangled Banner." The comments he allegedly made caught everyone off guard.
In the heat of battle, the UW marching band is accustomed to the razzing, that sometimes occurs at football games. However Sunday at Lambeau Field, members of the band claim comments Dominic Raiola made, were personal.
"That was the thing that was really offensive to them," said Mike Leckrone, UW marching band director. "They felt like it was beyond what would just be normal razzing back and forth."
"After marching down the field awaiting the national anthem, he went off on a verbal tirade, among other things, questioning my sexuality. 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. "
The report says Raiola used other derogatory language, to describe female members of the band. Leckrone says he was on the other side of the field at the time, but heard all about it and believes his students.
"It came to me from a number of different people," said Leckrone. "I mean - wording not always the same but the same general context."
Monday the Detroit Lions released a statement saying "Those reports are extremely inconsistent with the standard of behavior we expect from our players and every member of our organization. We currently are gathering more information and will respond further when appropriate."