Titans QB Vince Young Apologizes for Strip-Club Fight
Titans quarterback Vince Young apologized to his teammates and fans on Monday, saying he made a "big mistake" over the weekend, when he was issued a misdemeanor assault in connection with a strip club fight.
He also asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for mercy.
"I don't want to get all into (what happened), but I made a mistake like I told my teammates," Young said after practice on Monday. "I apologize to them as well as the organization and all my fans, especially my family, the people that look up to me. I made a big mistake, even being out there. But it is in the past. It is over with and now I am letting my legal folks take care of it."
Young wasn't arrested, but he did receive a citation after striking Club Onyx employee Creiton Kinchen following a verbal altercation. According to police, Kinchen flashed a derogatory hand gesture in reference to Young's alma mater, the University of Texas, leading to the brawl.
Young said the gesture "was disrespectful, but it was more than that." Still, he said he should've handled the situation better. He blamed a friend for his presence in the strip club in the first place, and after 3 a.m.
"It was a bad decision, at first I was going to lay down in my hotel and somebody talked me into it," Young said. "It was a bad decision, a bad move on my part."
Now, he hopes he won't draw a suspension from Goodell, who is reviewing the incident under the league's personal conduct policy. Coach Jeff Fisher said any potential discipline from the Titans would remain in-house.
"I just made a mistake," Young said. "I made a mistake even being there and letting that guy provoke me into doing what I did. I fell into his hands what he wanted me to do, so he could do what he's doing right now. But at the same time I'm letting my lawyers take care of it.
" ... I pray to God Roger Goodell doesn't come down hard on me. I want to be here for my teammates."
Fisher was expected to discuss the matter with Young after practice.
"I am disappointed," Fisher said. "Vince has taken responsibility for it. I would like to think he has learned a lesson. He has no business making the decision that he made and obviously he has to deal with the consequences. The league will look into it, and the commissioner is very strict about these types of things and I am sure we'll hear from him after we get more information."