Titus Young breaks silence over sucker-punch incident
Titus Young said it was important for him to apologize to his teammates for sucker-punching Louis Delmas.
But other than that the Detroit Lions wide receiver worked to put the focus on the future. Young, who spoke Monday a week after returning to the club following some time away, says he and Delmas are friends again.
“I felt personally it was important for me to get it off my chest and get the burden off my heart,” Young said, according to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. “Just seeing the guys just coming back and kind of feeling uneasy. Just kind of feeling that it's not quite right, praying and feeling in my spirit. It's just wasn't right. I've never been the type of guy to just elaborate on things and let things in the past hold me back, but I felt like this is a family here and what we have going on here is bigger than me, bigger than any individual player.
“I felt like just getting the individualism out of the picture, to put it in the right words and right terms. It wasn't about me. It was about everybody else. Everybody has to work together and everybody has to do their job. When you're not doing your job, you have to be accountable for it. I felt like I could be accountable that way, letting it off my spirit. Now, I can smile today.”
After the incident with Delmas, Young spent a week away from the club, missing the first round of OTA’s at the team’s facility. There was debate over whether or not he had been suspended but the bottom line is he was told to stay away. Per Richardson, Young was asked if he was ordered to seek counseling.
“If I have done anything, it is my personal business,” Young replied. “If (media) want to talk about the past, I can't answer anymore questions. If you want to talk about the future and how great our future as an organization is, then we can talk about that.”
In the future, Young needs to find a way to be a more dynamic contributor in the Lions offense.
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