HOUSTON-- The mother of Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young says her son learned a lesson after he was caught on tape fighting at a strip club in Dallas.
Everything happens for a reason, said Felicia Young at her home near Houston. It s to teach us a lesson. You are never going to get anywhere or do anything or do better in life if you haven t been through anything.
Early Sunday morning, Young was in a scuffle with a man who reportedly started talking trash about the University of Texas. The fight reportedly started after someone in the room flashed an upside-down hook 'em horns sign. It s a derogatory sign referring to the NFL star s alma mater.
The NFL mom learned about what happened on her way home from a church function in North Carolina. Her son called her late Sunday to tell her about it.
What I told him was that I was glad he called me and I didn t have to hear it from someone else, so that was important to me to hear from him, she said. I just said a small prayer and asked God to keep us strong.
Young was cited for misdemeanor assault. He could face up to a $500 fine.
The quarterback spoke to reporters Monday afternoon after a practice in Nashville.
I made a mistake, he said. Like I told my teammates earlier, I apologized to them as well as the organization and you know all my fans, and especially my family, and people that look up to me. I made a big mistake even being out there.
It s a mistake that his mother believes her 27-year-old son will learn from.
He s going to use that to his betterment. He ll be able to share that with young people everywhere and he will make better choices, she said.
She said she has a little advice for her son.
You continue to be straight up and always, you have to watch your composure and it doesn t matter what other people say and the choices that we make we have to accept the consequences, she said.