One of the band members posted a Facebook message calling Raiola the worst human being he’s ever encountered.
He allegedly mocked a students’ weight, insulted another’s sister and dead mother.
The Detroit Lions have had one of the NFL’s best offenses this season, ranking among the league leaders in scoring and yards.
The young line that so many doubted before the season has proved vital to the Lions’ attack.
“We’re only a quarter way through the season,” Stafford said, “but it’s a nice start.”
His season shockingly shortened by a car accident that broke both bones in his left forearm, Nate Burleson has teammates missing him on and off the field.
“It’s easy to have a dislike for those guys,” Johnson said with a laugh. “It’s not hard at all.”
“That never happened,” Raiola said. “It’s false. You don’t have to look no further than his teammates voting him captain. He doesn’t do that in practice. That’s totally false.”
Questions about the offensive line have lingered all off-season, and as the collective enabler of quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, running back Reggie Bush and other offensive powers, the line needs to be solid.
Even retired, former left tackle Jeff Backus is an anchor for the Detroit Lions’ offensive line.