Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young punched a guy at a strip club, and like all strip-club crawls, it started for a really good reason: because someone flashed an upside-down "Hook 'em Horns" gesture.
At least, that's the story we have for now. From various reports, the story seems to go like this: Vince Young(notes) wanted to withdraw some money at the "cash cage," but got upset about a surcharge. Young went back to the strip-club's "office" to complain, and he talked to a guy, and things seemed to end amicably.
That's when a gentleman going by the name of Creiton Kinchen, according to ESPN's report, "insulted Young and made a derogatory sign referencing the University of Texas."
That's when people stopped using their words, and started using their fists. Fortunately for us, it's all on video:
Now, Young hasn't said anything yet, so it's probably a good idea to withhold judgment until we hear his side of the story. But really, what can the man say to convince people that it was a sound and logical decision to get in a fight at a strip club?
Kinchen suffered a bloody lip and required no medical attention. Now, something like this isn't the end of the world — Young received a citation from police and legally, the worst that can happen to him is a $500 fine — but myself, I look at it from the point of view of someone who's interested in Vince Young's growth as a person and a leader. In that sense ... it's not good news.
He's coming off a very good year on the football field, and I was so impressed with his personal efforts to raise money for Nashville flood victims.
And again, this isn't the end of the world. From what I can gather, the only thing that was ever endangered here was Kinchen's lip. I just hate to see any kind of a step backwards for Young.
He's been through some weird things in his career, and has been questioned so harshly along the way. I just want the Vince Young we see on the football field and in public to be the best version of Vince Young that Vince Young has to offer.
Clearly, clocking some guy in the back of a strip club doesn't fit that vision.