Detroit Lions Center Dominic Raiola made an obscene gesture at the crowd during the Lions loss to Minnesota Sunday, their 13th of the year. To date he refuses to apologize and the incident is being investigated by the NFL for possible penalties against Mr. Raiola.
"I don't take one thing back," he said Monday.
"I'm just tired of hearing it coming at just me," Raiola said. "It's coming at me because I've been here for years. I've been through the losing. Me, Jeff (Backus) and whoever else are the head of the losing."
"I'm just so frustrated," Raiola said. "I'm tired of being a doormat for people to just talk to us how they want to talk to us. I'm just not going to put up with that anymore."
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Let me say up front that I do not care for fans that act like asses and throw insults, if not objects, at players or referees. I think it's boorish and uncalled for.
With this said though, I do not feel too sorry for Mr. Raiola and his teammates. Let's look at some numbers for Mr. Raiola and his team.
0 - 13 Lions record to date
0 - 16 Lions likely record for the season
8 Years Mr. Raiola have been with the Lions
31 - 94 Lions record over Mr. Raiola's time with the team
.248 Lions winning percentage in that time
$56 Cost of the cheapest ticket for the Lions fans
$3,500,000 Salary of Mr. Raiola this year according to Fox Sports
Now obviously Mr. Raiola is not solely responsible for the losses of the Lions over his career. It's possible, I refuse to watch the Lions, that he's quite good.
The point though is that his arrogance is exactly what, in my opinion, has been the problem with the Lions for these last 8 years and even for the last 50 (the last time they were actually competitive).
They just can't understand why someone would be upset to pay anywhere from $56 to $320 to watch spoiled millionaires not give them a respectable show for their money. They cannot understand why fans are losing patience with a team that has not won a game in 13 attempts this year, has not even been able to win 1 in 4 games over the last 8 years, and has won 1 playoff game in 50 years.
They seem to think that the fans should be grateful that they just chose to show up at the stadium on this particular Sunday. So what if, yet again, they did not show up to perform up to their pay scale. I guess several million dollars just doesn't buy much anymore.
As I said before, I do not condone poor behavior by fans. If they are caught being abusive, I feel they should be tossed out on their butts. Trust me, downtown Detroit is not a good placed to be tossed out on your butt in. With this said, Mr. Raiola needs to be a big boy and stop his whining. Maybe if he would put as much energy into protecting his quarterback as he did raising his middle finger the Lions could win a game and he could earn his 3.5 mil. You think?