Young apologizes, will ‘own up to my mistakes’

We just got Monday’s post-practice video in from Tennessee, where Vince Young took part in the Titans’ first day of OTA sessions and met briefly with reporters to discuss the events that led up to his involvement in an altercation — and misdemeanor assault citation — early Sunday morning.

For the most part, Young was lighthearted in speaking about the incident, and didn’t overtly show a great deal of concern. He said he hopes he isn’t suspended by the NFL.

“I pray to God that Roger Goodell doesn’t come down hard on me, because I definitely want to be here for my teammates,” Young said.

“I made a mistake, and I’m going to own up to my mistakes,” he added later. “Whatever happens, I pray to God they don’t suspend me or anything like that. You just have to go from there.”

Young didn’t get into specifics of the altercation, but noted that he never threw a punch and that there was “a lot of stuff going on” that led up to the scuffle. While referring to it as a “bad decision, [a] bad move on my part,” Young doesn’t believe it changes his leadership role with the Titans.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a setback, because, right now, I’m out here running around with my teammates and they give me a hard time about it, a little bit,” Young said. “At the same time, I already spoke to them and told them how I felt about it. I apologized to my teammates and I apologized to my coaching staff, as well as the organization. Those guys respect me for doing that. They understand how it is out there, off the field stuff. It was something I regret that I did, but at the same time I’m moving on from that.”

Young said he would meet with coach Jeff Fisher after practice to discuss the incident. Fisher followed Young with reporters, and while he wouldn’t discuss a possible suspension, didn’t hide his disappointment or disagreement with the decision Young made.

“I’m disappointed. He has taken responsibility for it. I’d like to think he’s learned a lesson. He had no business making the decision that he made, and obviously he’s got to deal with the consequences. I can’t comment any further. The league will look into it. The Commissioner is very strict about these types of things, and I’m sure we’ll hear from him after we get more information.

“Vince knows this. He’s walking on his own on this one. This was a decision he made, and it was not a good decision. He put himself in a bad situation.”

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