ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola apologized Tuesday for "unacceptable" remarks he made to the University of Wisconsin band last weekend as his team moved swiftly to defuse an off-the-field distraction.
"My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate," Raiola said in a statement released by the Lions. "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."
Raiola was not available for interviews in the Lions' locker room when it was open for the media Tuesday.
The Lions said Raiola called band director Michael Leckrone to apologize for his actions and to say he was going to make a "significant donation" to support the band. A message was left on Tuesday for Leckrone.
Band members said Raiola verbally abused them at Lambeau Field, where they were performing before and after Sunday's Lions-Packers game.
"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," Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement. "As we said (Monday), 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."
"Due to Dominic's sincere and appropriate response, there will be no additional disciplinary action by the team," Lewand said.
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