Head coaches speak out on UW Band harassment claims
Lions team issues apology
GREEN BAY-The UW Band Director says a personal apology has been made from the Lions Team to the band members who say they were harassed during the Packers game.
Players in the band say they were verbally harassed over their weight and gender and that a homophobic slur was shouted in their direction by Lions Player Dominic Raiola, whose brother used to play for the Badgers.
"It was very personal," Band Director Mike Lecrone said on Monday, "That's what was offensive to them, that it went beyond what was a normal razzing back and forth."
In statements to reporters, Raiola has implied that the band players are exaggerating. The band denies that.
"I didn't hear that personally on the field. No other coaches did," said Lions Coach Jim Schwartz, "I think we've already released a statement that we're going to look into it. As an organization, I would be very disappointed if that was the case because that is certainly not the character that we want to display."
When Packers Coach Mike McCarthy was asked about the incident on Monday, he also said he hadn't heard anything on the field, but saw the reports that followed.
"We all love the Wisconsin band," McCarthy said, "so I don't know what the hell he was thinking yelling something negative."
Raiola has been fined at least twice before, including five years ago, when he gave the middle finger to some heckling fans on his home field.