Titus Young has caused problems on the Detroit Lions with his attitude and it seems to have hit a tipping point.
Raiola on Titus Young: "We've moved on from him. He wants to be an asshole, let him be an asshole. It's not my problem."— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) November 30, 2012
More Raiola on Young: "What we can control is the guys who want to be here. And when you act like that, you don't want to be here."— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) November 30, 2012
Raiola: "We've got good guys on offense. Don't be an asshole and don't be a jerk."— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) November 30, 2012
Raiola is a 12-year veteran, so he has seen many types of players come and go throughout his career. He is also a leader in the locker room and his message is something that Young should receive loud and clear.
Young was healthy but inactive for the team's Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Houston Texans. According to Michael David Smith of NBC Sports, coach Jim Schwartz sent him home for the week prior after negatively affecting the team.
The second-year player was allowed to return to practice on Wednesday, but it does not appear that he will regain his old starting spot.
Quarterback Matt Stafford said of the receiver, "[Young has to] start from square one. He just [needs to] practice, be here when you're supposed to be here, catch the ball, run around and have some fun playing the game." (via John Kreger of CBSSports.com)
When asked about the situation by Chris McCosky, Young offered very little response.
Q. What can you tells us about your dismissal from the team this past week?
A. What happens in-house stays in-house.
Q. Are you disappointed that you've been dismissed twice in the last six months?
A. Well, I just made my comment on that whole situation.
On the field, Young is a tremendous talent. Last year's second-round pick out of Boise State is currently third on the team with 33 receptions for 383 yards. He is tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches.
However, his attitude has been a problem on multiple occasions. He was also involved in an offseason altercation with teammate Louis Delmas.
In his absence last week, rookie Ryan Broyles took over the starting spot opposite Calvin Johnson and finished with six catches for 126 yards against the Texans. This should prove to Young that he is not irreplaceable.
He better learn to conform to the team soon, or else he will be out of a job for good.