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Detroit Lions player apologizes to UW Band for remarks made


MADISON (WKOW) ---- This afternoon Detroit Lions player Dominic Raiola spoke with UW Band Director Mike Leckrone apologizing for his remarks made to the band on Sunday.

Raiola told Leckrone he is making a significant donation to the Marching Band Fund that supports the UW Band.

Here is Raiola's statement:

"My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate. 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."

Statement made by Detroit Lions:

"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.


"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."

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