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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Schwartz says Fairley, Young tainting reputation of other Lions

From: Redzone.org

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz spent over 10 minutes answering questions about his team's consistent discipline problems after organized team activities on Tuesday according to Anwar Richardson of Mlive.com.

Schwartz was bombarded with questions after Nick Fairley's recent arrest for driving under the influence and attempting to elude police in Mobile early Sunday morning. It was Fairley's second arrest this offseason, plus the fifth arrest of a Lions player this year.

In addition, Lions receiver Titus Young was recently banned from practice facility after punching Louis Delmas when the safety was not looking.

"What we have here is a case of a few guys tainting the reputations of a lot of others," Schwartz said. "We have 90 guys out here working, most of which are doing a very good job and working with a good goal in mind, but the actions of a few have affected the reputations of not just the other guys in the 90, but the organization as a whole. That's obviously not a good situation."

"I'm a lot of things," Schwartz said. "Concerned, angry. There's a lot of different words, but like I said, it's disappointing also when our story is not about guys like Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Jeff Backus, Rob Sims.

"I can keep going on and on, but that's the majority of this team. Unfortunately, with situations like this, we all take ownership of problems that come to light that affect everybody."

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