Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Lions center Dominic Raiola was criticized by an anonymous NFL general manager on Tuesday through ProFootballWeekly.com.
After firing back at the anonymous general manager who ripped the Lions last month, Detroit starting center Dominic Raiola was thrown under the bus on Tuesday by the same man through ProFootballWeekly.com's weekly "Insider" column.
Raiola, who like many players rushed to defend his organization by publicly calling the anonymous detractor a coward, was the sole target of the same general manager's negative comments once again this week:
"I saw (Lions C) Dominic Raiola called me out, asking who the aimless, anonymous GM is who criticized the great Lions. ‘Who is this person?’ It’s the guy who rejects you every time he watches your tape and thinks you are a complete fraud. It’s the guy who didn’t think you could play when you came out of college and still doesn’t think you can play now. … If he spent as much time working the other muscles in his body as he does his jaw, he might have had the chance to be an average backup. You can put that in print."
The website quickly took down the quotes and issued an apology to both Raiola and the organization, even though it's obvious this isn't something that will merely go away overnight. The general manager in question appears to have a serious grudge against anything related to the Lions right now, and oddly felt compelled to not only rip a member of the team once, but a second time.
Raiola's status as a proven NFL offensive lineman is hardly up for debate anyway, but referring to him as a "fraud" after starting 164 NFL games at center is a completely illogical statement. Even though the identity of this anonymous general manager will likely never be revealed, Raiola and the Lions must not be too pleased at the massive amount of cowardice shown by this mystery man.