Lions fine Raiola $7,500 for gesture toward fans

Updated: December 9, 2008, 6:53 PM ET
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit center Dominic Raiola's offensive gesture toward heckling Lions fans will cost him $7,500.

The team announced the fine against the eight-year veteran on Tuesday, two days after Detroit fell to 0-13 with a 20-16 loss to Minnesota at Ford Field. The money will be donated to a local charity.

"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for all of our fans and we believe Dominic's behavior this past Sunday was not consistent with what we expect from members ...

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