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Former Lions WR Titus Young arrested again; Mental illness may be to blame

Former Lions WR Titus Young arrested again; Mental illness may be to blame

Former Detroit Lions wide-receiver Titus Young was arrested again. It seems the troubled former NFL player was arrested in California on a felony charge of battery with serious bodily injury, according to the Detroit Free Press. 

He is currently in custody at a Los Angeles correctional facility. Bail is set at $105,000.


The arrest came on July 9, a day before Young was scheduled to appear at a pretrial hearing in Newport Beach, Calif., where he is facing four felonies and seven other criminal charges. In May 2013, Young, 24, was arrested four times — including three times in one week — and his father indicated at the time that Young suffered from a brain disorder and needed medical help.

Apparently after his father claimed he was suffering from a brain disorder, the NFL tried to get Young some help, but that help was declined. 

“It was someone very, very close to him who was just concerned — really concerned,” Troy Vincent, then the NFL’s director of player development, told at the time. “Once we got the call, we sent someone out to meet with him … We were told he was not interested in support. 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.”

Mental illness is real, and it’s very sad when a person who’s suffering from it isn’t able to use their talents or live to their fullest potential. I pray that Young gets help before he’s too far gone in the criminal justice system. I applaud the NFL for trying to help him.

Mental illness is one of those taboo topics in the black community and for a young player, having this type of label could be more frightening that the illness itself. Still, if a brain disorder is to blame, an intervention is needed soon. Titus Young seems to be getting more violent.

Help is needed ASAP.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis


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