Titus Young's most recent mug shot. (Orange County Sheriff's Department)
Former NFL receiver Titus Young has squandered his talent -- that much is for sure. And at this point, a future in the NFL is least of his worries.
Young, who was released by the Detroit Lions in February after a number of on-field and off-field incidents, was arrested on Friday and charged with burglary, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest. This happened after Young was reportedly seen breaking into a San Clemente, Calif. home. When officers arrived Friday night, Lt. Joe Balicki of the Orange County Sheriff's Department told the Detroit News, Young fled on foot and fought with police after he was pursued for a short time. There were no injuries in the fracas. He is being held on $75,000 bail.
"He actually tried to fight with them,” Balicki told the Detroit Free Press. “But there were more deputies than him so they were able to subdue him without — I guess there were some punches thrown, but they were able to get him into handcuffs without too much damage.”
On Sunday, May 5, Young was arrested twice in a 15-hour span in Southern California:
He was pulled over at 12:01 a.m. by the Moreno Valley police in Southern California for suspicion of drunk driving, and subsequently arrested for driving under the influence. He was booked at a local detention center, was issued a citation, and was released from custody.
Ah, but we're not done yet. At 2:22 p.m. that very same day, police responded to a tow yard, where Young had been seen jumping over the fence. He was trying to find his black Mustang, which had been impounded upon his first arrest of the day. Young was taken to the same detention center and booked for trying to steal his own car.
Young's car was towed again before the Friday break-in.
Selected in the second round out of Boise State by the Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft, was cut by the team after a string of strange behavior that included sucker-punching teammate Louis Delmas, refusing to run the correct routes on the field, and blitzing everyone in sight in a series of bizarre and paranoid social media rants. The St. Louis Rams tried to see if he was worth rehabilitating after Detroit gave up on him, but that didn't last too long, either.
“Based on the last time I did see him, I knew unless he got some help there was going to be some issues, and I told him that, too,” E.C. Robinson, Young's high-school coach, told the Free Press last week. “And I thought maybe since I hadn’t heard anything from him, he was in some institute getting some help. That’s what I just figured. But I know the last time I saw him, I was just shocked the stage he was in at that time.”
Young needs a lot of help (or some time away from general society), and he needs it very, very soon. Stories like this don't generally get better -- they tend to end in tragedy.