Why Titus Young's Reported Sabotage Is a New Low for NFL Player Antics

Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 29, 2012

Titus Young could teach toddlers a thing or two about throwing a tantrum.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:

In a loss to the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago, he purposely lined up in the wrong spot on the field multiple times and mouthed off to receivers coach Shawn Jefferson on the sideline before being removed for the game’s final series.

What's next? Will Young take Randy Moss' antics at Lambeau Field a handful of years ago to the next level?

Young's childish antics are a new low for disgruntled NFL players, and the Lions would be wise to just cut their losses and move on without him.

Any time a player puts himself above the team, it's despicable. But for Young to purposefully sabotage the game plan by lining up in the wrong spot is unconscionable and unpardonable.

Head coach Jim Schwartz rightfully told Young to stay away from the team for a week after his abominable behavior, and this isn't the first time he's been given an involuntary week off. He was sent home for a week earlier this year when he got into a fist fight with safety Louis Delmas last May.

Besides, what beef does he have with the team, anyways?

Before this latest incident, Young was the Lions No. 2 receiver. He had been getting targeted by Matthew Stafford 6.7 times per game since Week 6, so what was he so upset about?

The bottom line here is that Young was being insolent because he's full of himself. 

He seems to believe he deserves star treatment, yet he's never done anything on the field to deserve it—not to mention he should know that acting like a diva never got anyone anywhere long term. Terrell Owens could tell him that, and so can Chad Ochocinco/Johnson.

But neither or them ever did anything this drastic or self-serving—especially at the expense of their teammates.

Young's antics are a new low, and he better get his act together, or he may not get another chance to play this game he gets paid to play. 

Head coach Jim Schwartz was recently asked if there were a chance Young may not play out this season, and per MLive.com's Richardson, he said:

Potentially. That will continue to be evaluated. There's been times he's been very productive in our offense. He's been an asset for our offense, an asset for our team. That's where he needs to get back to.

Interpretation: Young needs to step back in line and behave like a professional or he won't see the field again, at least not for the Lions. 

Besides, it's not like he is the key player the Lions can't live without. 

Case in point: Stafford passed for 441 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Houston Texans in Week 12, and rookie Ryan Broyles—Young's replacement—caught six passes for 126 yards.

The NFL doesn't need Young, and it's clear the Lions don't either. 

The sooner he gets that through his thick head, the better off he'll be. 

For now, it's safe to say he has given other selfish players a new low to aim for in their pursuit of self, rather than team.


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