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Detroit Lions Player Issues Apology

Center Dominic Raiola apologizes to UW Marching Band
(WFRV) - Detroit Lions' offensive lineman Dominic Raiola issued an apology today for his behavior towards members of the UW Marching Band before Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

The long-time Lion was accused of using derogatory language toward certain band members, while also questioning other members' sexual orientation.

Raiola personally called University of Wisconsin Band Director Michael Leckrone to apologize for the incident.

He also indicated that he would make a significant donation to The Marching Band Fund, which helps to support the school's marching band.

In a statement released by the Lions, Raiola said his "interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate. I apologize to those I offended along with all of the members of Wisconsin's Marching Band."
 
Raiola also apologized to the Detroit Lions' organization. 

"I understand the standards to which we should conduct ourselves, and my actions Sunday fell dramatically short of those standards."

Lions' Team President Tom Lewand says he is glad Raiola took responsibility for his actions, and for Raiola's donation to the marching band's fund. He also said that because Raiola owned up to his actions, no further disciplinary action would be taken by the team.

Raiola has a history of inappropriate behavior. He was fined $7,500 in 2008 for inappropriate conduct directed towards Lions fans following a Detroit loss, and he was fined $15,000 in 2010 for a verbal altercation with a fan in Miami.
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