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Dominic Raiola accepts fine but protests hecklers

Posted on: December 29, 2010 7:05 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

Lions center Dominic Raiola was fined $15,000 for shoutD. Raiola (US Presswire)ing an obscene sentence at a Dolphins fan while leaving the field this past Sunday. If you don’t already know, the first two words in the sentence were “suck” and “my” – in that order. (If you’re inclined to see, and hear, the incident, click here.)

Raiola, a 10-year veteran and team captain who admittedly has trouble controlling his fiery emotions at times, said on Wednesday that it was not a good way to conduct himself.

“I got too fired up. I got fined. I’ve got to move on and make better decisions next time. Do I regret it? I like to say I live my life without regrets.”

Raiola also said, according to John Kreger,’s Lions Rapid Reporter, that a player’s high salaries doesn’t mean he should have to endure verbal abuse from fans.

“Let me come to your work and (heckle) you (abusively),” Raiola said. “I don’t think anyone should have to put up with (abuse) whether you’re on the field or not.”

Obviously, we don’t know what this particular fan had said to Raiola. But we can all agree that NFL players, and athletes in general, take far more verbal abuse from fans than what they dish out. Does that, in some indirect way, make it part of the job?

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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:15 am

We need to grow up, as a nation.

I know it's easy to go off on a player who did what Raiola did.  His actions are not what parents knowingly teach their kids.  However, with that being said, the fan heckled him, so what.  Raiola responded, big deal.  We have become a country of thinned skinned fairies who get their feelings hurt if someone says something mean to me.  Dominic, you are participating in spectator sport where people pay to watch, that is how you get paid, you will be heckled again, I guarantee it.  People, all people, let some things go, holy cow.  When I was a kid, we had this little diddy that started like this, "Sticks and stones may break my bones...", do you know how it ends?

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Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:32 am

Dominic Raiola accepts fine but protests hecklers

He's not the first to go off on a fan, nor will he be the last. Personally, I believe the NFL should remove fans that are abusive to players, A fan that engages in verbal abuse toward the players aren't there for the game, they have another agenda. Perhaps they feel they have the right to be arse wholes, since they paid all that money to get into the game. Regardless of their agenda, if a fan isn't abusive, there is a pretty good chance the player isn't going to respond abusively.

This story has gotten a fair amount of press in Detroit, but really, is it worth the time? I don't think so. This incident is mild compared to some of the stuff that has gone on in the past.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 7:35 pm

Dominic Raiola accepts fine but protests hecklers

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