Detroit Lion Dominic Raiola Under Investigation For Anti-Gay Slur
In a concerning parallel to last week's story of football players harassing artsy kids with anti-gay slurs, pro-NFL center Dominic Raiola of the Detroit Lions is being investigating for slinging anti-gay slurs at the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.
Zach York, a trumpet player in the UW marching band, shared his experience in a Facebook post on Sunday night:
Dominic Raiola is literally the worst person I have ever had the fortune to encounter. After marching down the field awaiting the national anthem, He went off on a verbal tirade, among other things, questioning my sexuality (as a band member) and then continued on to bring my sister and my recently deceased mother into the conversation. 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. After our halftime show, the same fine gentleman called a female member of the band the "c" word.
Other reports indicate that Raiola called many band members "fags," "fat motherfuckers" and "cunts."
On Monday, the Lions announced that an investigation has been launched to look into Raiola's actions over the weekend.
"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 and will respond further when appropriate."
Though inconsistent with expectations of the team, mouthing off is unfortunately consistent with Raiola's history.