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Raiola apologizes, makes donation to UW Band
Allen Park, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola issued an apology and made a significant donation to the University of Wisconsin Marching Band Tuesday after he allegedly verbally abused band members during pre-game ceremonies prior to Week 5's game against the Green Bay Packers.
"My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate," said Raiola in a statement. "I apologize to those I offended along with all of the members of Wisconsin's Marching Band. I also apologize to the Lions' organization and my teammates. I understand the standards to which we should conduct ourselves, and my actions Sunday fell dramatically short of those standards."
According to various reports that first surfaced on Monday, Raiola heckled band members during their pre-game performance.
Lions team president Tom Lewand also issued a statement: "After investigating the matter and discussing Sunday's events with Dominic, we are pleased that he has taken ownership of his actions and admitted those actions were wrong and unacceptable," the statement read.
"As we said yesterday, his actions were not reflective of the standard of behavior that we expect from any player or any member of our organization.
"We are also pleased that he is supporting his apology with a significant donation to the Wisconsin Marching Band Fund.
"Due to Dominic's sincere and appropriate response, there will be no additional disciplinary action by the team."
10/08 14:35:15 ET