The concept of sending a child for a timeout has always seemed flawed. Sure, the goal is simple enough: separate the problem child from the situation in which he/she is causing terror, remove the crayons from his/her hand, and direct them to the solemn corner where a stool awaits.

Perhaps I’ll support the timeout a little later in life when there’s a tiny human who lives in my place of residence. But I suspect that most often the problem child just stares at the corner and becomes angry at the authority figure who placed him/her in the space of solitude and confinement. Then boredom replaces anger, and the scheming child simply says anything that will remove them from their place of punishment.

The Detroit Lions have a problem child. Actually, they have several, but the one who’s been in the corner for a week or so is wide receiver Titus Young, the 2011 second-round pick who decided that conflicts are best resolved through the use of the sucker punch. He landed a fist square to the chin of safety Louis Delmas’ face during a practice, and he’s been held out of the Lions’ offseason workouts since.

Or at least that’s the story the Interwebs have told through multiple sources. The Lions–including head coach Jim Schwartz–have said very little about Young’s absence. The silent corner is indeed a lonely place in Detroit, and today Young was finally removed from jail, and he released a statement.

From Anwar Richardson:

My recent actions have not always been up to the standards the Lions expect or the standards that I expect from myself. I am truly sorry for those times when I didn’t meet those standards. My absence from the practice facility and the OTAs last week was necessary for both myself and the team. The time away from the team afforded me the opportunity to reflect and come to the realization that by putting those incidents behind me. I will be able to focus on becoming the best teammate and player that I can be.

This child has spoken, and his forced words that likely aren’t his words at all are acceptable enough in the public’s eye to grant him free passage away from his corner. The best line is when he vaguely says that he’s “truly sorry for those times when I didn’t meet those standards,” yet still fails to define what “those times” were.

The iron curtain of secrecy is impenetrable in Detroit. Let’s just hope that somewhere behind it, Schwartz is drilling some maturity into his 2011 draft class.

Both Young and Nick Fairley re-surfaced at Detroit’s OTAs today. Fairley had been absent after his weekend joy riding, but after two recent arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol, he’s still permitted to be in the cockpit of an imaginary airplane…

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