Vince Young apologized Thursday for Internet photos that surfaced last week showing the Tennessee Titans quarterback shirtless and apparently drinking at a party and also said he did not drive home from the event from which the photos were taken.
The photos appeared on tmz.com and blogxilla.com shows Young and some other Texas players at a party in Austin, and the quarterback spoke of the night in question after Thursday’s organized team activities at Baptist Sports Park.
“I mean I really feel like I was having a good time with some of my current Longhorn friends, NFL guys and things like that,” Young said. “You know how it is. As a quarterback you can't have too much fun. I blame myself for that. At the same time, I’ve just got to watch certain things like that and not go too fast.”
Young is the second quarterback from the 2006 draft class to have party photos of him to surface on tmz.com, as Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart was on the site a few months back.
“I really apologize to some of the kids if they did see it, because I'm trying to be a role model to them,” Young said. “But at the same time, I was just having fun, having a good time with my guys. I ain't seen them in a long time we hadn't been back in Austin in so long.”
Young went on to explain that he did use a designated driver after leaving the party.
“I didn’t drive home, didn't do none of that crazy stuff. I had a designated driver and things like that, but overall, we had a good time down in Austin when we got back at school,” Young said.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said it is a different world down with picture cell phones, and such things require players to be even more careful than they might otherwise be when going out.
“It’s the world we live in now. The players understand it, and it is something that has the potential to come up any time any place,” Fisher said. “You can’t control it. It’s the world we live in, and if you’re going to go out, you have to be prepared.”
Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck said he is taking greater care in that regard when he goes out after he said photos of him surfaced on the Internet.
“It wasn’t really upsetting at first. It was kind of fun, because you remember the night or remember why you were out,” Bulluck said. “We’re all over 21; it’s legal to drink. It’s the off-season and you do what you do with friends, amongst friends, but it turns unfortunate when it turns into a negative light.
“When I go to clubs, I don’t like taking pictures, and I don’t take pictures with drinks in my hand. …I never was really [wary of it] until this off-season. That’s what the off-season is for. You go out with your friends and have a good time or whatever with people you haven’t seen in a while. That’s supposed to be your private time, but now you definitely have to more aware of the Internet era.”
Young said he has learned a lesson, even though he has no idea who took the photos of him that were posted on the web.
“That's the way of life of a quarterback with my status,” Young said. “I guess someone was trying to make some money. I guess they must have sold the picture to the web site or whatever. At the same time, that's the life I chose to live.
But it's not going to stop me from not having fun. I just got to watch certain things about guys taking pictures. I’ve got to be more careful for myself.”