Titus Young has a mental health disorder and is in desperate need of help, the father of the embattled wide receiver said.
The 23-year-old Young was arrested Friday in California for allegedly breaking into a home, his third arrest in a week. Young was charged with attempted burglary, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest.
Just days before, Young had been arrested on suspicion of driver under the influence, and arrested again later that day for allegedly trying to steal his car back from a tow yard.
The owner of the home Young is accused of breaking into said he was loading a shotgun he keeps hidden in the room as Young approached his bedroom door. Police later apprehended Young after a short pursuit.
“I feel sorry for him, and I’m sure glad that he left and I didn’t have to find out what’s going to happen if he came in, because I’m afraid I would have shot him,” Bill Palttos, the homeowner, told KTLA-TV.
Richard Young, the father of Titus, said he had been with his son earlier that day and nothing appeared to be wrong. But Titus said he had to go to his car and then left abruptly.
“We knew that something had happened to him or he was locked up again,” Richard Young told The Detroit News. “His mind is not capable enough to go out and deal with society because of this situation.”
Richard added that his son suffers from an ailment caused by his brain being compressed to the front his skull. Richard said it came after Titus suffered a concussion in 2011, his NFL rookie season.
“I hope they just forgive Titus because this ain’t none of Titus, it wasn’t none of his fault,” he told The Detroit Free Press. “I look at my son right now, I don’t see my son. That’s not my son. I know my son.”
The Detroit Lions cut Young from their last season after many disciplinary issues, lining up wrong during a Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Young was picked up on waivers by the St. Louis Rams, but released again 10 days later.
Richard added that Titus Young is not dealing with his issues properly, and needs months of dedicated treatment and regular medicine to recover.