Will the Detroit Lions Release Titus Young After Most Recent Twitter Outburst?

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2013

Titus Young is at it again.

The troubled Detroit Lions wide receiver took to Twitter Friday morning and had this to say:

Oh I'm not done, if y'all going to cut me let me go. I'm tired of the threats

— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 25, 2013

Apparently, Young has little desire to remain a member of the Lions, the team that drafted him 44th overall in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft.

In a tweet earlier this week that has since been deleted, Young explained that he would rather not play at all if he wasn’t going to get the ball (via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press).

Jim Schwartz responded to that tweet with the following, via the Detroit Free Press:

Every offensive player wants the football, and there’s good ways to go about getting that and there’s not-so-good ways about trying to get that done. This is a pretty good example of a not-so-good idea.

Young is a talented receiver who has the potential to be a great playmaker in the NFL. However, his immature and at times erratic behavior continues to prevent him from being able to make an impact on the field. 

These problems date back to his college days at Boise State. As a sophomore in 2008, Young was suspended for the bulk of the season after getting in a fight with teammates. Prior to this season with the Lions, Young allegedly sucker-punched teammate Louis Delmas and as a result, was not allowed to participate in some OTAs.


Young seemed to reach the point of no return in Week 11 when he intentionally lined up in the wrong spot on multiple occasions against the Green Bay Packers

He was sent home from the team's practice facility the next day and was inactive for Detroit's Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Houston Texans. Young remained inactive the following week against the Indianapolis Colts and was placed on injured reserve soon after. 

Still, the possibility remained that Young could return to the team in 2013.

Young's recent string of tweets shows that he has yet to learn how to conduct himself in a professional manner. He is taking what should be an internal issue between himself and Lions management and dragging it into a public forum.

At this point, it's probably in Detroit's best interest to move on.