Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand issued an apology Monday for insults hurled at the Wisconsin Marching Band during the pregame show. Dominic Raiola allegedly hurled insults about band members sexuality and physical appearance while the Band was finishing up its rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”, Band Director Micheal Leckrone told ESPN.
After the pregame band members reported the incident to the Director who then filed a complaint with the Detroit Lions.
On Monday the University of Wisconsin acknowledged that Lions President Tom Lewand apologized for the incident,
Earlier today, we received a call from Lions president Tom Lewand,” the statement read. “He has apologized for the actions of his player and has assured us that further discussion will take place. We appreciate the Lions’ efforts to investigate this further and are grateful to Mr. Lewand for his concern.”
Jim Schwartz also weighed in during his weekly news conference:
When you go on the road, there’s hostile environments, fans say a lot of things and stuff like that, We need to stay above stuff like that. I didn’t hear that personally on the field. No other coaches did. I think we’ve already released a statement that we are going to look into it as an organization. I would be very disappointed if that was the case, because that’s certainly not the character we want to display.”
It is interesting that on the day the Lions offensive line had their worst performances of the season it is revealed that its leader was focused more on insulting Wisconsin’s Band rather than the game plan. Maybe if they had more focus on the game plan the outcome would have been different.