Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Lions C Dominic Raiola, frankly, should know better than this. I know players are emotional before, during and after games, and I can understand why a player might want to respond if a fan throws an object at them while on the field.
But there’s no reason Raiola should be yelling obscenities at fans, particularly when your team just beat the opponent on their home field.
Yet, that’s exactly what Raiola did after Detroit’s 24-17 win at Miami on Sunday, as seen in the video below.
Now, he likely will face discipline from his team.
“That's under current evaluation and there's potential for team discipline, yes,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said today, via mlive.com.
"Anytime you're a player or a coach or anything else, coming in and out of the stadium is sometimes a difficult thing. People pay their money for tickets and they can say about whatever they want. You'd be surprised at some of the things that are said to you going in and coming out and on the sideline, but that's what fans do. As coaches and players, we need to keep our composure. The best way to do it is to not even acknowledge it.
"Dominic is a very emotional player, it's one of the things that drives him as a player. He takes everything personally and that's good in a lot of ways. But you've got to draw the line when it's fans. Short of physical confrontation, somebody throws something ... there were no snowballs in Sun Life Stadium. We've got to do a better job of controlling that.”
This is not a one-time incident with Raiola. He’s been fined before for similar circumstances. Expect more of the same this time around. He needs to get a better control of his emotions.
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