Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young reportedly refused the NFL’s help nearly 18 months ago (Credit: AP Photo)
These past 12 months have been tough for former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young. After holding no trade value, Young was cut by the Detroit Lions before signing with the Saint Louis Rams. Young’s time in Saint Louis was short and after 11 days he was cut from the team.
From there, Young was arrested three times over the course of a week and had a restraining order issued against him by the mother of his child.
After being cut by two teams and multiple arrests, Young’s father told the media that he believes his son has a brain disorder.
With all of Young’s problems over the last 12 months, you have to wonder why the NFL or Detroit Lions did not try to get Young some help.
Apparently, the NFL did try to offer Young some help with his problems.
Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports reports that nearly 18 months before Young’s multiple arrests the NFL offered him help, which he declined.
“It was someone very, very close to him who was just concerned — really concerned,” Troy Vincent, the NFL’s senior vice president of player engagement, told Adelson. “Once we got the call, we sent someone out to meet with him.”
Vincent confirmed that his office “tried multiple times” to reach out to Young, who swatted them away each time.
“We were told he was not interested in support,” Vincent said. “We went to people very close to his center of influence, to reach out to see how we can support him. The response was of someone who is not open arms to being supported.”
The story of Titus Young is definitely one of the saddest stories this off-season.
It is hard to watch a once promising player spiral out of the league and into multiple arrests. Hopefully Young can find the help he needs to fix his life and learn from these past 12 months.