Titus Young loses his temper in Detroit Lions’ OTAs
Second-year wide receiver, Titus Young, was dismissed from organized team activities (OTAs) last week after he sucker-punched third-year safety, Louis Delmas. Young was banned from Allen Park on Monday. The Lions have not indicated when he would be allowed back.
“This is the voluntary portion of our offseason,” head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters. ”We’re not in mandatory mini-camp. I am not commenting on which guys are here and which guys aren’t. They are all accounted for. We are aware of the reasons each one is not here or not participating and we will work through these things as we go.”
Additionally, Young’s invitation to watch Calvin Johnson throw out the first pitch in Justin Verlander’s nearly-historic outing on Friday night was rescinded by either Johnson or the Lions. Johnson invited all the team’s receivers to join him for the game in a suite. Young, however, was absent after the altercation. Asked where he was, Johnson replied “we can’t talk about that.”
Schwartz benched Young in week 13 of the 2011 regular season after Young shoved New Orleans Saints’ safety, Malcolm Jenkins, in the face. Young was flagged for a personal foul on the play. The Lions were penalized 11 times for 107 yards in their first loss to the Saints.
Young’s early outrage is a bad omen for a young Lions team that conceded the second most penalty yardage in the NFL last season.