29 May 2012
2nd year wide receiver Titus Young was absent from Detroit Lions OTA's last week, reportedly as punishment for sucker punching safety Louis Delmas, though the team wouldn't give details. There are also reports Young was "apathetic" during workouts not involving the coaching staff, upsetting Lions' veterans.
Young has finally responded, confirming his absence last week was for not living up to team standards. Keep in mind Young's being apathetic and throwing sucker punches are somewhat higher standards than than those of defensive lineman Nick Fairley, who likes to drive 100 MPH while drunk.
Young released a statement through DetroitLions.com, apologizing for his actions.
“My recent actions have not always been up to the standards the Lions expect or the standards that I expect from myself. I am truly sorry for those times when I didn’t meet those standards.
“My absence from the practice facility and the OTAs last week was necessary for both myself and the team.
“The time away from the team afforded me the opportunity to reflect and come to the realization that by putting those incidents behind me I will be able to focus on becoming the best teammate and player that I can be.”
Young is taking part in today's OTA (as is public enemy number 1 Fairley), so the public apology must have been the final piece of his discipline.
One controversy down, several more to go.