Updates from Wednesday, July 16
Titus Young, the former NFL wide receiver who was arrested again last week for felony battery and is now facing 16 criminal counts in two counties in Southern California, is 'sort of uncontrollable,' his father, Richard Young, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.
'We just haven't been able to get him help,' Young's father said in a phone interview Tuesday. 'They take him to the hospital for a couple of days, then they have to let him out. They can't hold him.
'He's just had a problem since his concussion," said Richard Young, who wouldn't detail when that concussion was. 'The CAT scan shows that. He's had problems ever since the concussion.
'It's been going on a long time. We don't know what we're going to do right now.'
Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young's talent was never in question, but off-field issues doomed his NFL career. Another unfortunate chapter regarding those issues was revealed Monday, as Young was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with felony battery.
David Leon Moore of USA Today reported the news, noting that bail was set at $105,000. Young was released by the Lions in February 2013 and then was picked up for a matter of days by the St. Louis Rams before they waived him.
Young was charged that May with felony burglary and assault and was arrested three times within a week. Two misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges got Young into even more legal trouble in June 2013.
The Idaho Statesman's Brian Murphy weighed in on the former Boise State star's latest run-in with the law:
Titus Young news is just depressing. So much talent wasted. Now the concern is about his life.— Brian Murphy (@murphsturph) July 14, 2014
Young's father, Richard Young, has blamed a concussion his son suffered as a rookie as a key turning point for the worse in his behavior.
"They never treated my son and he just kept on playing, and I think it just got worse," said Richard Young, per ESPN.com last August. "Everything just started tumbling down."
A promising rookie campaign saw Young catch 48 passes for 607 yards and six touchdowns after being the No. 44 overall pick in the 2011 draft. That confirmed the progress he showed in helping the Boise State football program rise to national prominence. Now it seems so far in the past in light of the perils Young has met outside the confines of the white lines.
Football seems to be out of the question entirely at this point when contemplating Young's future. It remains to be seen how this latest felony charge, where Young inflicted serious bodily injury, will impact his already tainted record.
The hope is that he finds help and doesn't continue on such a self-destructive path. Otherwise, far more than the game of football will go out the window for Young as he seeks to get his life back on track.