Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/7/13
The Detroit Lions are looking into an alleged verbal abuse incident involving starting center Dominic Raiola during Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Raiola is alleged to have hurled insults some involving the sexuality and physical appearance of some University of Wisconsin band members both before the game and at halftime. Michael Leckrone the director of bands at Wisconsin told ESPN.com that the incident occurred just before the start of the national anthem in the end zone as the band was planning on finishing up its pregame performance. The Wisconsin band travels once a year to perform at a Packers game. "The band was lined up in the end zone preparing to finish 'The Star-Spangled Banner' which would complete the pregame and basically they were verbally assaulted by a member of the Detroit Lions team" Leckrone said. "To their credit they just stood there and did what they were supposed to do which is focus on their performance. "I think they were a little bit shaken by it and they reported it to me after the conclusion of the pregame show and we were back in our seats." Leckrone guessed that between eight and 12 band members approached him after the alleged verbal assault. Leckrone said he did not hear the altercation happen himself as he was on the other side of the field and was not directly involved. For that reason he did not want to go into detail about what was allegedly said to his students. "That would all be hearsay on my part" Leckrone said. "The tone certainly was very abusive and certainly not something that you would expect from somebody who is a professional." Leckrone said he instructs his band how to deal with opposing players "every day" and was "very pleased" with how they handled this alleged situation. He also said it would have been very difficult for any incident to have happened at halftime as the band's performance started and ended before players returned to the field.
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