Dominic Raiola said he would make a financial contribution to Wisconsin's Marching Band Fund. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park Ė Lions center Dominic Raiola on Tuesday issued a statement in which he apologized for his verbal abuse against members of the University of Wisconsin band on Sunday.
"My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate," Raiola said in the statement, which was released by the Lions. "I apologize to those I offended along with all of the members of Wisconsinís Marching Band.
"I also apologize to the Lionsí 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 said he would make a financial contribution to Wisconsinís Marching Band Fund.
Raiola, a 13-year NFL veteran who has been with the Lions his entire pro career, was not in the locker room when it was opened to the media on Tuesday. Teammates, however, expressed their support for him.
"I've got his back 100 percent no matter what happened," left guard Rob Sims said. "He's my teammate, and we've been playing for four years. That's pretty much it as far as how much I'll comment on that situation."
The Lions also said Raiola apologized by phone on Tuesday to Mike Leckrone, director of the Wisconsin band.
The band was performing during the Lions-Packers game in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday.
Band members said Raiola unleashed an unprovoked, expletive-ridden, hate-filled tirade. They said Raiola made comments about their sexuality and made insults toward one member's sister and recently-deceased mother.
Lions president Tom Lewand issued this statement Tuesday, which read in part: "We are pleased that (Raiola) has taken ownership of his actions. Ö Due to Dominicís sincere and appropriate response, there will be no additional disciplinary action by the team."
This isnít the first time Raiolaís actions have landed him in hot water. In 2010, he was fined $15,000 for shouting obscenities at fans in Miami. In 2008, he was fined $7,500 for making obscene gestures at fans at Ford Field.