DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) – The love is gone … reportedly the Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Titus Young Monday.
Tim Twentyman reports the Detroit Lions officially cut ties with Titus Young after a short – and tumultuous – two-year relationship.
According to the DetroitLions.com site Young’s behavior and attitude last season put the franchise in a bad position – one that ultimately led to today’s decision. It started last spring when Young allegedly punched teammate Louis Delmas, which resulted in Young leaving the team for a short time.
He was banned from the team two more times during the regular season; once in November for intentionally lining up wrong in a game vs. the Packers and for insubordination, and again when he didn’t sufficiently take advantage of the second chance afforded to him when he was allowed to return from that dismissal.
Young’s relationship with the team began going south late in the season as the receiver began taking to social media and questionable game time antics to air his dissatisfaction with the team.
“Like I said I never been selfish, but if I’m not going to get the football i don’t want to play anymore,” he wrote amid the tirade. (Read more rants here)
Teammates alluded to the idea Young drew the ire of Schwartz by refusing to line up the way called for in a play and stayed in a lane he chose to get the best exposure for himself.
But Young wrote this: “Never have I ran the wrong route [by accident], just put my self where the ball was going.”
At one point Young took to Twitter to say he’s prefer that the Lions release him if they weren’t going to include in future plans.
“Oh I’m not done, if y’all going to cut me let me go. I’m tired of the threats,” Young tweeted.
And then followed up with another tweet stating that he “Never needed the money … bet I come back #HallofFame.”
In November teammate Dominic Raiola blasted Young’s behavior: “If you don’t want to be here, then leave.”
“Every offensive player wants the football, and there is good ways to go about getting that and there’s not so good ways trying to get that done, and this is a pretty good example of a not so good idea,” coach Jim Schwartz said of Young’s tweets. “We’ve obviously still got some ground to cover there.”
One fan noted that he might have been a good player, but his actions were poisonous for the team.