Raiola's obscene outburst could draw discipline from Lions
Now that the Detroit Lions are certified road warriors, at least in the state of Florida, perhaps they need to review some of the decorum needed win playing winning football away from home.
That is because veteran Lions center Dominic Raiola, who previously got in trouble for saluting fans at Ford Field with the finger that does not say ‘I’m No. 1 ,’ got caught in an outburst now seen on YouTube.
The video shows Raiola leaving the field in Miami following the Lions’ 34-27 victory Sunday over the Dolphins. He makes an obscene request of a fan in the stands.
The Lions had lost 26 consecutive games on the road before winning in overtime the previous week at Tampa Bay. Now, they’re 2-0 in their last two road games.
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said the team could discipline Raiola for the incident, according to Tom “Killer” Kowalski of MLive.com.
"Anytime you're a player or a coach or anything else, coming in and out of the stadium is sometimes a difficult thing,'' Schwartz said. "People pay their money for tickets and they can say about whatever they want. You'd be surprised at some of the things that are said to you going in and coming out and on the sideline but that's what fans do. As coaches and players, we need to keep our composure. The best way to do it is to not even acknowledge it.
"Dominic is a very emotional player, it's one of the things that drives him as a player. He takes everything personally and that's good in a lot of ways. But you've got to draw the line when it's fans. Short of physical confrontation, somebody throws something ... there were no snowballs in Sun Life Stadium. We've got to do a better job of controlling that. We need to learn how to deal with winning.”
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