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UW Band members say they were verbally abused by Detroit Lions player Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An online blog report has led to a social media frenzy regarding the UW Band at the Packers and Detroit Lions game Sunday.

One band member's statement on Facebook has been shared hundreds of times. He says Dominic Raiola taunted a number of students one the sidelines before their pregame show, calling the player "literally the worst person I have ever had the fortune to encounter."

Raiola is accused of calling band members "fat" and using vulgar language.

Media relations for the Detroit Lions tell us, "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."

27 News talked with UW Band Director Mike Leckrone, who says several band members were quite shaken by the incident. He described it as a personal attack. 

Leckrone says Lions' president Tom Lewand called to apologize for the actions of his player and said management would be looking into the incident further.

"To tell you the truth, I'm satisfied with what it is," Leckrone says. "I think it was the actions of an individual; I don't necessarily think it has to go any further. The thing I'm most pleased about is the way the band handled it; very professionally."
 
Leckrone says the UW plans to write a letter to the Lions and it's now in management's hands. 

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says football has no room for that kind of behavior.

"I love this campus and this campus has a lot of tradition with their sports organizations," says Rodgers. "If what was reported was actually said, there's no place for that in the game."

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MADISON (WKOW) ---- An online blog report has led to a social media frenzy regarding the UW Band at the Packers and Detroit Loins game Sunday.

According to Tom Melton's blog, band members say Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola taunted them during the pre-game.

Melton reports that a band member told him, Raiola called a tuba player "fat", and used vulgar language towards the student.

Media relations for the Detroit Lions tell us, "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."

UW Band Director Mike Leckrone also says they are speaking with UW officials about the incident and should too be releasing a statement.

 

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