Titus Young threatens to quit football if he doesn’t get the football

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The Lions may have been better off with the second-round pick they used on receiver Titus Young by simply saying, “Pass.”

Young, who was exiled from the team via an injured reserve designation after lining up “multiple times” in the wrong place during a Week 11 loss to Green Bay, now says via Twitter that, if he doesn’t get the ball thrown his way more often, he no longer wants to play.

Young summed up his position with an oxymoronic tweet, via Anwar Richardson of MLive.com:  “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 also clumsily disputes the notion that he ignored his assignment on a given play.  “Never have I ran the wrong route, just put my self where the ball was going,” Young said.

After the season ended, the Lions seemed to be on the fence about Young.  His latest tweets may be the thing that knocks the team to the “cut your losses” side.

When giving up on a talented young player, teams worry that cutting him will provide the wake-up call needed to get him to straighten up and fulfill his potential.  Possibly with a division rival.  At some point, though, the Lions need to realize that Young will simply never get it, and move on.

Maybe they can say, “All he does is catch touchdowns.”

72 responses to “Titus Young threatens to quit football if he doesn’t get the football

  1. The Lions need to show their players what it is and release this guy straight up. It is worth burning that pick to show the locker room that those types of antics have no business here. That’s garbage…hope they burn him like the 9ers burnt Jacobs, if possible.

  2. Geez this guy just doesn’t get it. You’re playing like 8th fiddle on that offense. I would throw to Calvin Johnson in quadruple coverage before I threw it to you.

    Good riddance.

  3. Maybe someone should give this kid a dictionary. Preferably by smacking him upside the head with it.

  4. Well, another exhibit that although helpful, it doesn’t always take much brainpower to play football.

    I hope they just cut him, and no one picks him up but the Alouettes, say Oui loser and bring your snow pants.

  5. what a flippin baby! Go ahead, quit! its not like you were any good anyway. with Calvin Johnson on the other side drawing all the double and triple team, you would think you could get open once in a while, but NOPE! You’re just taking up a roster spot for someone who’ll work for it.

    So, freakin quit you over paid baby!

  6. It’s weird that they wouldn’t throw him the ball because they certainly don’t have an All-Pro playing the same position.

  7. The mindset of Titus Young is ideally situated to give him a life of poverty, bitterness and regret. And most remarkable of all, is he will angrily place all the blame in the directions it doesn’t belong.

  8. I don’t think a kid like this will ever “get it”. People always thought T.O. and the other egomaniac wideouts would figure out but the only one who has is Randy Moss and it took him almost 15 years.

    Of course, some coach will think “I can fix him”…

  9. Like I said I never been selfish but if I’m not going to get the football i don’t want to play anymore.”


    That pretty much defines selfish, doesn’t it?

    I don’t think he’s going to be missed.

  10. Cut him loose. After his antics no one would touch him.

    Wonder how the guys in the locker room will deal with this.

  11. “Like I said I never been selfish but if I’m not going to get the football i don’t want to play anymore”

    Isn’t that the definition of selfish?

  12. Well if he is gone. I sure will not miss his flutter hand to the sky after EVERY single catch. The craziest thing about this is that he just finished his second year and has the leagues best receiver next to him. He still got the ball thrown his way too…

  13. Let me guess…he issues an apology later today or tomorrow saying his emotions got the best of him and he has the upmost respect for the Lions and will play anything they want him to. He just wants to be team player and help the “team” win. That seems to be the excuse these days…tweeting before thinking (or before consulting with their PR/agent).

  14. Disregard Calvin, I wouldn’t even throw to this guy if he was opposite Andre Johnson, Steve Johnson, or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. You could get the skeletal remains of Lyndon B. Johnson out there and I’d throw it to him over this guy.

  15. He clearly has learned nothing from being put on “injured reserve”. What does he think is going to happen? Schwartz is going to call him up and say “Titus I saw your tweet. Please come back, you’re going to be the No. 1 receiver.” Guess again Titus.

  16. Can any adult human be this stupid? I can’t believe that “HE” really said this. Unless, he just wants out of Detroit and will do anything to achieve his goals. Even then, there are better ways to getting moved to a new team. UNCONSCIONABLE

    What locker room would want him now?

  17. This is one of those rarest of circumstances, where 99% of PFT agrees. All it took was for this idiot to open his mouth.

  18. blackandbluedivision says:
    Jan 22, 2013 3:06 PM
    vicnocal says:
    Jan 22, 2013 2:52 PM
    Titus Young Jr (whoever that is) must be embarrassed by Sr.

    Are you serious? Logic says that’s his son.

    What’s with the thumbs down? Did I miss something?

    A quick search of “Titus Young” and “son” gave me this:

    Titus Demetrius Young Jr., who was born Saturday, August 11, 2012 and weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 inches.

  19. Quite the stretch to compare Young to Cris Carter. There’s really not much in comparison.

    Carter had personal problems that included addiction.

    Young is only addicted to his reflection and is barely worthy to hold Carter’s jock.

  20. Wow this might be an all-time record for negative kudos points that a player has received, that being said I understand the sentiment of not liking Titus Young and wanting badly to “call his bluff”, but that still does not do Detroit any good towards salvaging value out of the situation. Not many players have a perfect personality or no baggage, the Lions have a problem situation here that needs a bit more of an objective response than just tossing him out with the trash.

    I don’t agree with Titus’ choice of how to deal with this situation, but I do understand his pain. And understanding where a player is coming from is half the battle. All players have some sort of flaw or problem to deal with on a personal level, and the Lions would best be served by figuring out an appropriate way to solve this one and if they aren’t prepared to handle the situation then they should have thought about that before drafting the kid. There is more than one way to skin a lion, and exile is not Detroit’s best option here.

  21. Of course, the irony is, the Lions could have drafted Randall Cobb instead of Young.

    The Packers took Cobb after the Lions had wasted a second round pick ( 2nd year in a row / J. Best) on Young.

    Mayhew just throwing those 2nd rounders away!

  22. Well, if he leaves football, he can certainly become an editor with his grasp of the English language.

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