Raiola, you’re going to hear Packers Planet roar
Katie Klein, Packers contributor
Dominic Raiola.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Consider this my open letter to the disgrace of a human being, Dominic Raiola.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet, because clearly the English language and professionalism are not your core competencies.
While your vile insults and obscene hate-filled slurs may be the talk of the NFL the past few days and have (probably by design) overshadowed the glistening loss that your lowly Detroit Lions suffered to the Green Bay Packers this weekend, we prefer to keep our (re)actions respectful both ON and OFF the field.
Solid win today in Lambeau! Appreciate all the support in and outside the stadium.— AJ Hawk (@OfficialAJHawk) October 7, 2013
Felt great to get a division win at home today! Keep it up fans #packnation— Don Barclay (@Barclay_64) October 6, 2013
You see, while those kind of comments may be everyday boys talk in the locker room (I’m not naive to this), you crossed a major line by lashing out at a harmless and sacred element of home games at Lambeau Field.
Your back-peddling claims that the whole situation was “blown way out of proportion” and “we’ve got more important things to worry about right now...we’re worried about wins and losses” comes a little too late, especially in the world of real-time media.
Perhaps now you feel all warm and fuzzy because of your initial lame attempt at brushing this situation under the rug, but social media feels differently.
Even after your written statement of an apology, not many Facebook comments are so flattering toward you.
Active hashtags on Twitter like #BandGate, #UWBand and #Raiola continue to update with new posts from across the country.
While the typical shelf life of a social media post ranges anywhere from 1 to 12 hours depending on the social platform, don’t expect the activity to diminish in the short term – especially now that the organization that pays your bills is involved.
Expect the Packers and their faithful to serve you your just desserts at the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
We don’t care that we’ll be on your hateful home turf; instead you’re going to HEAR US ROAR.
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Katie Klein joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a regular What’s Hot contributor in December 2010. She is currently the digital and social media strategist at Boelter + Lincoln Marketing Communications in Milwaukee.