Lions' Titus Young short with media while Dominic Raiola blasts him
Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young met with the media today for the first time since he was sent home from the practice facility last week, but he didn’t have much to say.
Young fielded nine questions, ignoring one and giving eight one-sentence answers before the session was cut off by a Lions spokesperson.
Young was benched for the final series of the Lions’ Nov. 18 loss to the Green Bay Packers after he purposely lined up incorrectly on multiple occasions and yelled at receivers coach Shawn Jefferson coming off the field.
Jefferson declined to comment on that incident and Young, in general, today.
But team captain Dominic Raiola blasted Young in an interview with the Detroit News (a few adjective expletives have been edited out).
"It's not a distraction because we have moved on from him," Raiola said. "If he wants to be an a------, let him be an a------. It's not my problem.
What we can control is the guys who want to be here. I want people who want to be here, and I think everybody else wants the same thing.
"If you don't want to be here, then leave."
Raiola said he has "no idea" why Young is disgruntled.
"We've got the best player in the world over there (in Calvin Johnson)," Raiola said. "He should look no further than that to know how to act. If you are going to act like that, you are done."
Meanwhile, here was Young’s exchange with reporters:
Q. What led to your absence from the team for last week’s loss to the Houston Texans?
A. “Well, what happens in house stays in house.”
Q. Are you disappointed you’ve been sent home from the facility twice in six months?
A. “Well, I just made my comment on that whole situation."
Q. How are you progressing this week to get back in the playing mix?
Q. Do you expect to play Sunday?
A. “Well, that’s all in God’s hands.”
Q. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said you need to be more accountable, is this part of that?
A. “Well, you have to talk to Coach about that.”
Q. What would you say to fans who wonder if they can trust you again?
A. “Well, I’m not here to talk about that past.”
Q. Do you understand why people are curious about your situation?
A. “I didn’t get the question."
(The question was repeated, and Young, who wore sunglasses and a stocking cap during the interview, did not respond.)
Q. Are you disappointed in yourself?
A. “I’m not here to comment about the past.”
Sounds like he has been getting pointers from Santonio....How was this guy's a$$ not cut? He can't cost that much??