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Lions’ Dominic Raiola again takes issue with anonymous critic

Dominic Raiola AP

A month ago we noted that Lions center Dominic Raiola had become angry when informed that the Lions were the subject of criticism from unnamed league executives. Now Raiola has been hit with more anonymous criticism, and he’s once again fired up about it.

It all started last month when an unnamed league executive was quoted by Pro Football Weekly as saying that the Lions have players who aren’t as good as they think they are. Raiola said that unnamed source was a coward, and then Pro Football Weekly went back at it with Raiola, quoting the same unnamed source as saying that Raiola is “a complete fraud,” and that Raiola needs work just to become “an average backup.”

And so Raiola has shot back at the unnamed source again.

“I’m not going to spend too much time on this because we’ve got a big game this week,” Raiola said. “All I’ve got to say is to two people – whoever talked [crap], and the person who wrote it. Coward. Gutless. Balls-less. They’ve got no name. Anonymous. All I’ve got to say is bleep you. That’s it. Now we move on to Minnesota. That’s all I’ve got. If I spent any more time on it, that’s what they want. Bleep him, and bleep both of them.”

Pro Football Weekly has now apologized to the Lions, saying it shouldn’t have allowed an executive to take shots at Raiola under the cover of anonymity. Raiola said he doesn’t accept that apology.

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24 Responses to “Lions’ Dominic Raiola again takes issue with anonymous critic”
  1. omniscient48 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    “Pro Football Weekly has now apologized to the Lions, saying it shouldn’t have allowed an executive to take shots at Raiola under the cover of anonymity. Raiola said he doesn’t accept that apology.”

    Okay, then. Pro Football Weekly should rescind its apology, retroactively.

  2. jimmylions says: Nov 7, 2012 6:09 PM

    Raiola has a point. When a publication take shots at a team and a specific player, someone should step up and take responsibility for the words. If no one does, it’s an empty suit.

  3. mt99808 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:12 PM

    Not discounting the fact that Raiola sucks but that’s some clown show journalism.

  4. purplengold says: Nov 7, 2012 6:14 PM

    Raiola is right, they’re just gutless children running from responsibility.

  5. mjamesmi says: Nov 7, 2012 6:22 PM

    It doesn’t take much detective work to know that this is Rick Spielman of Minnesota. You can look at the circumstance, the language, the demeanor of the GM as compared to others in the league. It is incredibly disappointing to people in Detroit because of our love of his brother Chris. Shame on Rick Spielman for crapping on his family’s good name.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 7, 2012 6:25 PM

    I agree with Raiola, way to stand up against the cowardly critics and forcing the publication to consider changing their ways.

    Score one for the Detroit team and sports fans everywhere! Great job Dominic!!

  7. klutch14u says: Nov 7, 2012 6:48 PM

    And then what’d they say to him saying he doesn’t accept the apology???? Come on man, I’m dying here, you can’t just leave us hanging!………………

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 7, 2012 6:51 PM

    Hey Dom, some of the great literature in history has been credited to Anon. Lighten up.

  9. zingo1978 says: Nov 7, 2012 7:13 PM

    Over 10 years as a starter in the league. You can say its for the Lions, that he’s small, that he’s awful, etc, etc… but how many players past or present can put that on their Resume.

    AND YOU CAN PRINT THAT! Anonymously of course.

  10. Burritto says: Nov 7, 2012 7:24 PM

    1) I like Dominic’s attitude a lot. I’m surrounded by Bengals and every once in a while I want to ask “you had 2 INTs returned for TDs as a rookie and none since. What gives?” Well, I don’t have the balls to do it face-to-face.

    2) I agree with the analysis of the anonymous evaluator. Raiola is in the bottom 5 of Cs in the league.

  11. polegojim says: Nov 7, 2012 7:29 PM

    Gabbert… those comments don’t qualify as ‘great literature’, they constitute gutteral, cowardly trash talking from a very weak person.

    As far as the apology… save it and stuff it.

    Isn’t it amusing when when people KNOWINGLY and deliberately drop bombs and then apologize AFTER they explode? Who are you kidding? There’s no regret, only a weak attempt at CYA.

  12. murraychadwick says: Nov 7, 2012 7:29 PM

    What kind of GM attacks another player or team anyway? I’m glad whomever it is isn’t running my team. And to do it anonymously is even worse. Pretty bush if u ask me.

  13. jasndc75 says: Nov 7, 2012 7:34 PM

    Pro Football Weekly has now apologized to the Lions, saying it shouldn’t have allowed an executive to take shots at Raiola under the cover of anonymity. Raiola said he doesn’t accept that apology.

    good for him, why would he. you cant unring a bell, it is a pointless apology

  14. mmmegatron says: Nov 7, 2012 7:42 PM

    Well this “anonymous gm” sure has caught the lions attention. Which is probably all that he was hoping for, to get under the skin of Dominic and the rest of the guys. Put a name on it or keep your mouth out of the media. Dom is right they have a HUGE game this week and this clown deserves no more attention.

  15. sampulls says: Nov 7, 2012 7:51 PM

    Very classy response from Raiola.

  16. kabasaman says: Nov 7, 2012 8:11 PM

    If you can’t own up to your words: DON’T SAY ANY…

  17. schmitty2 says: Nov 7, 2012 8:16 PM

    An annoymous critic is pretty bush league even when its pointing out the very obvious

  18. mazblast says: Nov 7, 2012 8:18 PM

    PFW should be ashamed of itself.

    As for the anonymous executive–Pal, if you think Raiola is so weak, I’m sure you won’t mind being locked in a room with him, as in, “Two men enter, one man leaves”.

  19. finleye says: Nov 7, 2012 8:20 PM

    if anybody else read the GM’s response to being called out by Raiola, it is laughable. The guy is acting sooo tough behind the curtain of anonymity, saying stuff like “and you can put that in print,” which is a phrase that loses all meaning when you are, in fact, saying it anonymously.

  20. hatesycophants says: Nov 7, 2012 9:12 PM

    Agree with Dom; bleep every one of them. I hate anonymous crap. The publications that print their discharge are no better. Right, Mike?

  21. eightandeightlions says: Nov 7, 2012 9:25 PM

    Raiola isn’t exactly a household name either, he’s pretty much anonymous too.

  22. tatum064 says: Nov 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    omniscient48 says:
    Nov 7, 2012 6:08 PM
    “Pro Football Weekly has now apologized to the Lions, saying it shouldn’t have allowed an executive to take shots at Raiola under the cover of anonymity. Raiola said he doesn’t accept that apology.”

    Okay, then. Pro Football Weekly should rescind its apology, retroactively.

    ————–

    Its a stupid a$% column in the first place, because it distorts an opinion as an informed one, with anonymity allowing them to completely slander an NFL player – its the kind of thing Raiola is completely justified in calling out, and quite frankly a lot more players should as well. Raiola made it to the league and played competently enough for their team to make a playoff run, at the least.

    If you put it out there, have the sack enough to put your name to it, or accept the consequences.

    Raiola’s attitude may put some off, but its understandable…and any “anonymous” poster on this site, damn sure wouldnt say it to his face, either. … in fact, a lot of people criticizing a lot of teams and fan bases wouldnt say it to their face.

    Well done, Raiola. Put these arm chair critic-comedians on notice.

    “Run your mouth, see me in the parking lot”

  23. dukemarc says: Nov 8, 2012 10:21 AM

    All that said, Raiola is terrible and has been for years.

  24. rlouisbarrett says: Nov 8, 2012 1:05 PM

    dukemarc says:
    Nov 8, 2012 10:21 AM
    All that said, Raiola is terrible and has been for years.

    _____________________________

    You don’t start in the league for 11 straight years if you’re terrible.

    I like Raiola. Good for him. He always defends his teammates, and he’s always got good interview material. Fun to hear what he’ll say next.

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