COMMENTARY | C'mon, man. As if he hasn't been enough of a distraction so far, Titus Young took to "the tweeting" recently with a message. It appears he wants the world to know that he is not a selfish player, he just won't play if he's not going to get the football. Ah...Titus, Titus, Titus. What to do with Titus? It seems Detroit Lions' leadership isn't sure what Young's future holds, but I know what it should hold (surprise, surprise). But before I get to that -- just in case you are not up to speed -- let's first take a look at some of the Titus Young highlights so we're all on the same page.
Titus Young: The Highlights
The sucker-punch. Before the 2012 season, Young sucker-punched teammate Louis Delmas.
The offense sabotage. During a game in the 2012 season, Young intentionally lined up incorrectly on the line of scrimmage multiple times because he was upset he was not getting enough balls thrown in his direction.
The altercation with the coach. The "offense sabotage" leads to a verbal altercation with the receivers coach Shawn Jefferson on the sideline.
The tweet. On January 22nd, 2013, in some sort of adult temper tantrum, Young posts on Twitter, "I never been selfish but if I'm not going to get the football i don't want to play anymore." (Hey, you have to give him some points for so eloquently contradicting himself and further proving his lack of maturity.)
It has been reported that Young has been an all around distraction in the locker room and has consistently shown up late to team meetings. All in all, he was "banished" from the team on 3 separate occasions within a 7 month span of time for "repeated insubordinate behavior."
What does Titus Young's future hold?
A single fight can be overlooked. A young man making some mistakes as he learns and matures can be understood. But, what cannot be tolerated is a player who cannot be trusted, and Young has repeatedly betrayed the trust of the team. Relationships, organizations, and therefore professional NFL teams are built on trust, and you cannot tell me that Young's coaches and teammates trust him to do whatever it takes to help his team win after all he has done.
I hope Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew are reading this article, because I am going to make their decision easy for them. Lose Titus Young. He should never wear Honolulu blue again. It is that simple. Individuals that establish a pattern of behavior such as Young has are organizational cancers. If leadership does not remove a cancer, it will spread. It sets a precedence of accepted behavior and molds the team culture. The guillotine should come down swiftly and silently on those demonstrating their desire to not be a part of the team culture.
We wish Titus Young well, wherever he ends up. He has athletic potential, but that will not matter until he learns important lessons in humility, maturity, and work ethic. Bon voyage, Titus.
Ryan Marcus is a sportswriter covering the Detroit Lions. With degrees in Management and Finance, he also writes about finance. Follow him on Twitter @writer_ryan.
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