Dominic Raiola took his reputation of being a bit of an ass-hat to a whole new level at the weekend, after he stamped on the ankle of Chicago Bears defensive end Ego Ferguson completely on purpose.
Ferguson was lucky to go without injury, but the Detroit Lions center Raiola has not managed to escape punishment for his cowardly act. Raiola was today punished by the NFL with a one game suspension, meaning he'll miss the all-important clash against the Packers next Sunday.
And Raiola hasn't escaped the wrath of Ferguson's Bears teammates either, with star wide receiver Brandon Marshall calling him out after the game.
Dirty Player & Human Being
The fiery wideout is known to say exactly what he's thinking, but he went nuclear even by his own standards while appearing on ESPN Radio on Monday afternoon with Chicago-based Waddle & Silvy Show.
"He shouldn't be allowed in the NFL," Marshall said during a scathing interview. "He should be banned from the NFL."
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“This guy is a dirty player, and he’s a worse human being. He has no respect for himself,” Marshall said.
According to Marshall, who has long been open about seeking treatment for mental illness, Raiola has approached Marshall on the field to insult him about his mental health issues.
“I’m just warming up, just standing there. He’s like, ‘Go take your medicine. You freaking weirdo, you freaking crazy guy,’” Marshall said of an encounter with Raiola.
As mentioned, Raiola has a history of being an unlikable chap. This is the 6th time he's been brought in front of the NFL for his on-field behaviour and has also been accused of verbally assaulting college band players before games, shouting homophobic slurs against teenagers.