Lions Center Dominic Raiola Admits to Dirty Play Against the Patriots

Admitting that he was angry at the New England Patriots “running up the score” against his Detroit Lions, center Dominic Raiola sounded off following the team’s 34-9 loss to New England (via Detroit Free Press).¬†

I cut him,” Raiola said. “We took a knee, so I cut the nose (tackle). They went for six (a touchdown). They went for a touchdown at 2 minutes. They could have took three knees and the game could have been over.

You can see the play below.


This has been a point of contention around the NFL since former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano directed his team to do the same back in 2012.

As it relates to Raiola and the Lions, he was not apologetic of the seemingly dirty play.

It’s football. He (Patriots DT Zach Moore) wants to keep playing football, let’s play football. Not a big deal. It’s football.

While the Lions center was not flagged for the play, we can expect him to hear from the league during the week. New England may very well be known for running up the score, but this is absolutely unacceptable in the NFL today.

And to be honest, Raiola’s post-game comments won’t do him any favors with the powers to be in New York City.

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