The Lions welcomed wide receiver Titus Young back to Organized Team Activities last week, but he did not address his absence for punching safety Louis Delmas with the media until Monday.
Young said that he and Delmas are getting along fine after their little dust-up and that they are joking around without incident while in the weight room. Young also talked about apologizing to the team last week for his behavior, something he said he felt he needed to do because he put himself above the rest of the team, and explained why he thinks some time away from the team might turn out to be a good thing for him.
“Anytime you get time away from a situation, whether it’s a relationship, whether it’s football, whether it’s interviewing, you get time to see what’s really important, to put things in perspective, and time heals all wounds, I believe,” Young said, via Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. “Anytime you go through anything, maybe sometimes you need some time off to sit back and think and reflect and think about the city of Detroit and think about the kids who wish they were in my position right now, think about the owner of the organization, Mr. Ford, and think about what he invested in me. Just think about a lot of things that you really can’t think about sometimes when you’re sitting in a situation.”
Young said that he doesn’t plan to talk about the incident with Delmas any longer because he’s only interested in the future. He also wouldn’t answer questions about whether or not he got counseling as a result of his punch.
The time away doesn’t seem to have hurt Young on the field. Richardson tweeted Monday morning that no one on the Lions could defend him. Assuming Young’s telling the truth about all being well in the locker room, it probably wasn’t because they were afraid of getting punched if they came too close to Young.