Timeline of Titus Young's Historic Downfall from Detroit Lions and NFL
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According to Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News, Young was arrested three times in one week, with the latest incident occurring on Friday, May 10.
For the third time in a week, former Lions wide receiver Titus Young is in trouble with the law.
Young was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Friday in San Clemente, Calif. After police say he broke into a home on the 3700 block of Calle Casino, according to Lt. Joe Balicki of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Young also was arrested twice in a span of less than 15 hours last Sunday in Moreno Valley, Calif. After police say he made an illegal left turn into oncoming traffic at 12:01 a.m., he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
At 2:22 p.m. the same day, Young was charged with burglary after he was seen jumping the fence of an impound lot to look for his black Ford Mustang, police said.
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 14th at 12:55 p.m. ET by John Rozum
Titus Young's father spoke about his son's recent actions and feels he may have a brain disorder according to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News:
Richard Young said his son suffers from a disorder caused by his brain being compressed into the front of his skull, but he couldn't remember its name Monday. The father said his son's disposition changed after he suffered a concussion during his rookie season, although the Lions never listed that as an injury.
Although Titus Young has medication for the issue, his father said he hasn't been taking it as prescribed.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 14th at 12:33 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
Richard Young, Titus Young's father, spoke to the Detroit Free Press about his son:
"I hope they just forgive Titus because this ain’t none of Titus, it wasn’t none of his fault. I look at my son right now, I don’t see my son. That’s not my son. I know my son. Titus is not the boy I really raised, I’m saying the way he act, the way he intermix in society right now. He shut down, he look through you, it’s like he’s depressed."
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The 23-year-old wideout is currently without an NFL team, but that hasn't stopped him from making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Young displayed impressive talent on the field during his rookie campaign.
In 2011, he put up 607 yards on 48 receptions and six touchdowns. With so much early production, there were high expectations for Young going into the 2012 season. Since his rookie year concluded, though, Young's professional career has gone off the tracks.
Young released a statement through the team's official website in May 2012, apologizing for his actions.
My recent actions have not always been up to the standards the Lions expect or the standards that I expect from myself. I am truly sorry for those times when I didn’t meet those standards.
My absence from the practice facility and the OTAs last week was necessary for both myself and the team.
The time away from the team afforded me the opportunity to reflect and come to the realization that by putting those incidents behind me I will be able to focus on becoming the best teammate and player that I can be.
Everything went downhill from there.
The Lions lost their final eight games after starting 4-4 that season. Young appeared in just 10 of those contests, catching 33 passes for 383 yards and four scores. He was benched thereafter due to attitude problems once again, as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wrote in December 2012.
Young missed the final six games of the season and was placed on injured reserves after repeated behavioral problems on and off the field. He purposely lined up in the wrong spot late in a November loss to the Packers, was tardy and inattentive at meetings, and got sent home from the team in May after punching teammate Louis Delmas.
Will Titus Young ever play football again?
The snowballing continued in January 2013, when Young went on a Twitter rant. Although the tweets were deleted, you can view some of the text from those tweets here, including statements such as these:
- Never have I ran the wrong route, just put my self where the ball was going.
- Never been selfish but if I'm not going to get the football i don't want to play anymore.
Unsurprisingly, the Lions finally had enough and released Young on Feb. 4, 2013.
Despite his character issues, the St. Louis Rams quickly claimed him off waivers the following day. It seemed Young's talent and potential had intrigued head coach Jeff Fisher, so the team gave him a shot.
The Rams claimed WR Titus Young, who was waived by the Lions on Monday.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 5, 2013
A mere nine days later, the Rams decided to waive Young . He remains a free agent who has since put himself in a number of bad situations that have led to his three arrests in the span of one week.
Given everything that has unfolded since Young entered the NFL, this wasn't out of the blue. In 2008, Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman reported that Young was suspended from Boise State's football program for at least three games for violating team rules.
There was a red flag even before he entered the league, and he may find it hard to find employment at this point.
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