Officially, the Detroit Lions are not commenting on the sucker punch that receiver Titus Young threw at safety Louis Delmas last week, or explaining why Young did not participate in the first day of Organized Team Activities. But they’re informally putting out word that Young is not suspended.
Tim Twentyman, who works for the team as the lead writer at DetroitLions.com, took to Twitter on Tuesday to acknowledge that Young and Delmas had a scuffle but say Young is not suspended.
“The reports from yesterday that Titus Young is on suspension from the Lions is inaccurate, according to multiple league sources,” Twentyman wrote. “The incident with Delmas did occur last week, but Young is not on any type of team suspension.”
Twentyman doesn’t specify which reports are inaccurate, probably because he can’t name any reports that actually said the Lions had suspended Young: What the reports said is that Young was told to stay home from voluntary Organized Team Activities. That’s not the same thing as a team suspending a player, which entails a formal process outlined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Twentyman also doesn’t explain why Young was absent from Organized Team Activities, or why he was the only receiver who didn’t attend the Detroit Tigers game last week when Calvin Johnson threw out the first pitch. When Johnson was asked about Young’s absence, he said, “We can’t talk about that.”
Regardless, the Lions clearly have a discipline problem on their hands with Young. They took him in the second round of the NFL draft last year despite questions about his maturity after a college career at Boise State that featured two team suspensions totaling 10 games. Those questions about his maturity continued into his rookie season with the Lions, when he was flagged for some stupid penalties, and now those questions are continuing into the start of his second year in the NFL. The Lions haven’t suspended Young yet, but if they want him to change his ways, maybe they’ll need to soon.