Titus Young was very talkative on Twitter recently.
“Good afternoon Detroit how is the weather out there today?” -@TitusDYoungSr
Other than some expected snow, frigid temperatures and partly cloudy skies splashed with sun occasionally struggling to peek through, it couldn’t be better, Titus. The Detroit Red Wings are back, winning college basketball is in full swing statewide and you’re stuck putting your foot into your mouth.
Young joined the scores of other professional athletes using social media to make fools of themselves when he tweeted a few strange, thinly veiled insults towards the Detroit Lions organization on Wednesday.
“Like I said I never been selfish but if I’m not going to get the football I don’t want to play anymore,” Young tweeted. That was followed closely by another blast. “Never have I ran the wrong route, just put my self where the ball was going.” Of particular note? The usage of “I” and”my” from a so-called selfless athlete.
These public comments after Jim Schwartz waxed poetic about giving him a second chance? This after Martin Mayhew appeared to initially agree with his head coach? Yesterday, Young should have made his last big mistake in a Lions’ uniform. After disappearing on the field and being benched for conduct detrimental to his team midseason, now, Young is biting the hand of the organization which has continued to feed him instead of remaining quiet like he should.
February 4, it’s time for the Lions to bite back and finally cut Young. What he’s looking for, he won’t find in Detroit. Calvin Johnson is already the Lions’ pass catching star. Young, who apparently thinks he’s entitled to more passes despite the fact that the Lions actually used him perfectly in a complementary role until his own bad behavior intervened, will never be Johnson. That was never the plan for him, anyway. He won’t be targeted double digit times during games, simply because the Lions have another gigantic option. If Young’s not ready to accept that and be a number two receiver, insert a team player who is.
From now on, should he continues to survive, Young will only become a bigger distraction. After last season’s mess, the Lions don’t need a player not committed to working hard and buying in to a larger team plan. Off the field problems can always be corrected, but giving up on your team and being a distraction is usually a terminal illness for an athlete. Before things get out of hand, Detroit must cut bait and go fishing again for a new number two. With yesterday’s outburst, Young proved he’s still a loose cannon.
Fortunately, this time, the Lions look to be taking notice. Schwartz wasn’t happy about the outburst, choosing his words very carefully on the issue. Mayhew, for his part, already said he wanted to decide Young’s fate before April’s NFL Draft. Insulting your bosses and their team? I’m not thinking that’s a great way to make a positive impression on people who wanted to “decide your fate” not three weeks ago.
Thus, the simplest decision of this offseason should already be all but officially made. Thanks to this Twitter outburst full of shortsightedness and arrogance, Young should start packing.
By the way, from now on Titus, the weather should only be improving in Detroit.
In addition to his editorship duties at the Detroit Sports Site, Max DeMara is also the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax