Raiola Does Not Regret Obscene Gesture

From: Sports Illustrated

Center Dominic Raiola says he has no remorse for making an obscene gesture toward Lions fans because their heckling went too far. Raiola told a reporter he didn’t regret extending his middle finger toward fans Sunday during a 20-16 loss to Minnesota, which dropped the Lions to 0-13. “I don’t take one thing back,” he said Monday. Raiola said fans have been particularly hard on him because he’s been with the team since 2001, when it started a slide that has become the NFL’s worst eight-season stretch in more than a half-century. “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.”

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