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Detroit Lions Player Under Fire For His Verbal Assault On University of Wisconsin Marching Band

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Reports are surfacing of an ugly verbal assault that targeted members of the University of Wisconsin marching band by a Detroit Lions player during Sunday’s game.

The player in question is Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola, and social media sites have exploded with accusations that he indulged in lots of name calling at the expense of the University of Wisconsin marching band during Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. He is also accused of shouting insults regarding band members sexuality and weight.

Raiola allegedly told a trombone player that he was overweight and couldn’t play a “real sport”, and during the half time show he was overheard calling a female member of the band the “c” word.

All of these accusations came to light courtesy of Zach York, a member of the marching band, who was also allegedly a victim of the Detroit Lion’s abuse. York details Sunday’s incident on his Facebook page, and says “Dominic Raiola is literally the worst person I have ever had the fortune to encounter.”

There are also reports on Tom Melton’s NFL draft blog that document the verbal assault.

Michael Leckrone, director of bands for Wisconsin told ESPN that between eight and twelve band members approached him with details of Sunday’s incident.

The Detroit Lions have apologized for Raiola, and say that they are investigating the matter fully.

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