Dominic Raiola rips Henry Melton: “He’s a clown”
"Who? Who? ... Exactly," said Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola, ahead of Sunday’s season finale against the Chicago Bears.
"You got a defense full of superstars, and you don't hear from the guys that carry weight in my book. (Brian) Urlacher, (Lance) Briggs,(Charles) Tillman, (Israel) Idonije, older guys,” continued Dominic Raiola. “(Julius) Peppers. The guys that have been there. We're talking about guys who carry weight. This guy? Not in my book."
Only a day ago, Henry Melton called out the Detroit Lions for their “dirty” play, an accusation that has stuck with the team over several seasons.
"They're dirty. They've always been a dirty team since I've been here. I don't like them,” Henry Melton said on Wednesday. “We've just got to hold our composure and play the game we know."
Henry Melton also singled out Dominic Raiola for being an old trash talker who is just as intimidating on the field.
He's old, and he just talks. He’s more just cuss words. Bad language,” stated Henry Melton. “Then he'll throw some cheap shots in there, and then he'll say some bad words."
The Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton is in his fourth into his fourth NFL season and got selected to the NFC Pro Bowl roster this week. While Henry Melton may not be a popular name in the locker room as the above mentioned Chicago Bears veterans, he’s certainly established himself amongst the better defensive tackles in NFC. But in 12-year NFL veteran Dominic Raiola’s opinion, Henry Melton is still a youngster who doesn’t know his place. Dominic Raiola even went as far as to say that other talented and experienced NFC defensive tackles got snubbed when Henry Melton was named to the Pro Bowl roster.
"I mean, this guy, he made it to the Pro Bowl?" said Dominic Raiola. “This guy made the Pro Bowl? (Over the Vikings') Kevin Williams, who worked through injuries all year? (Over Ndamokung) Suh, who's a better player than this guy? Come on.”
Henry Melton sat out of the Chicago Bears’ 28-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals with a shoulder injury last week but he hopes to play against the Detroit Lions on Sunday in the Bears’ last run for the playoffs.
"It's tiresome, especially from a guy like this, a guy that didn't even play the past two weeks. ... I don't know what to say anymore,” said Dominic Raiola. “In my book, he's a clown. That's all I got."
The Detroit Lions are already 4-11 on the season, so I’d say there was no more need for the Chicago Bears (9-6) to bring down their opponents. Henry Melton just added fuel to the fire and might have given the Detroit Lions something to play for Sunday, and potentially mess the Chicago Bears’ chances of clinching a playoffs spot.