The Detroit Lions are investigating claims made from the University of Wisconsin band that center Dominic Raiola hurled insults, hate speech and derogatory slurs at them before the organization's game against Green Bay this past Sunday.
Members of the band accused Raiola of using a homophobic slur, calling a tuba player fat and making inuendos about a band member's mother and sister. The Lions issued a statement on the alleged incident.
“We are aware of the reports involving Dominic Raiola and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band,” the statement read. “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.”
The band reportedly received an apology from Lions safety Louis Delmas about the alleged incident.
The University of Wisconsin band usually performs during one Packers game during the regular season. Raiola, 34, has been Detroit's starting center since 2002, which was his second season in the NFL.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.