Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young was not at OTAs on Monday after reportedly throwing a "sucker punch" at his teammate, safety Louis Delmas, last week. DetroitLions.com said Tuesday that Young's absence wasn't because of a suspension.
The reports from yesterday that Titus Young is on suspension from the Lions is inaccurate, according to multiple league sources.
- Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 22, 2012
Who reported that he was suspended?
We read through every Detroit newspaper and online Lions source Monday and Tuesday morning, and not one included the word "suspension." MLive.com did write that the Lions did not allow Young to participate in the voluntary OTAs. The Detroit News also reported that Young skipped an outing with the rest of his receiver teammates to watch Calvin Johnson throw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game Friday.
It feels like the report from the team's site is splitting hairs over semantics. No one reported there was a formal suspension. Young was not at Monday's session; Delmas was. Perhaps the Lions just suggested Young cool off for a while at home. Maybe Young chose to stay home on his own, although that would be an odd reaction.
Either way, a story that the Lions would have rather kept in-house became public. And Young will be answering questions about it when he does return to the team.