Lions address off-the-field issues in team meeting

Posted Apr 16, 2012

The Lions held a team meeting on Monday and head coach Jim Schwartz did address the off-the-field issues surrounding a few of the team’s second-year players during that meeting.

Schwartz briefly spoke about the offseason marijuana possession charges of tackle Johnny Culbreath, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Mikel Leshoure (two separate charges).

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said Schwartz's message to the team was brief and simple.

"We've come so far. We don't want anything to hold us back," Stafford said of the message. "I think everybody knows that. Some of the guys that were having trouble are younger guys and they’ll figure it out. We’ll be there to help them along.”

Fairley, Leshoure or Culbreath did not address the team, according to Stafford.

“Like I said, these guys are young guys, but they’re grown men and they understand what they need to do, to do what they can to correct it and not let it happen again,” Stafford said. “Everyone makes mistakes, this is life, and we just make sure their heads in the right place moving forward and just get ready for the seasons.

“Anytime something like that happens it’s obviously disappointing and surprising at the same time. It’s a tough situation to deal with, but at same time these guys are going to get back to work just like we are and prepare for the season.”