Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young reportedly tossed his shoulder pads and jersey into the crowd as he left the field following the Titans’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.
Young’s frustration continued in the locker room, where the former first-round pick engaged in a verbal confrontation with head coach Jeff Fisher, telling the long-time coach “I’m not running out on my teammates, I’m running out on you” before exiting LP Field with teammate Michael Griffin chasing after him and pleading with Young to stay.
This morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Young didn’t throw his jersey into the stands. Instead, Young gave his jersey to the daughter of Titans executive vice-president Don MacLachlan.
“She’s been very supportive of me and I wanted to give it to her as a sign of thanks because she knows what I’m going through,” Young said according to Schefter.
Young admitted to Schefter that he didn’t handle the situation on Sunday in the best manner, but also expressed frustration at not playing and the mounting criticism of him.
“It is not just me. It falls back on me, but I don’t know how to respond to it when it’s not just me,” said Young. “I’m outnumbered right now.”
Young tore the flexor tendon in his right thumb, which may require season-ending surgery. Young has one season remaining on his rookie contract, but as long as Fisher remains the head coach, his future with the Titans is in jeopardy.