The story of Titus Young being arrested three times in a week, including twice in one day, is surely a sad one. Perhaps unsurprisingly, according to Young’s father, these incidents are due to a cognitive disorder that the former Detroit Lions wide receiver suffers from.
According to The Detroit News, Richard Young said his son has a disorder where his brain is compressed into the front of his skull — a condition he could not recall the proper name for. Richard says that on Friday he took Titus out for coffee, and his son was behaving well. However, later in the day Titus told Richard he was going to his car to get his phone, and ended up driving off instead.
That immediately preceded Titus Young’s third arrest, in which he broke into a home in San Clemente, Calif.
“We knew that something had happened to him or he was locked up again,” Richard Young said. “His mind is not capable enough to go out and deal with society because of this situation.”
Moreover, Richard Young is also making claims that the Lions did not treat Titus’ health properly. He says Titus’ disposition changed after suffering a concussion during his rookie season, but the Lions never listed the hit as an official injury.
Titus Young has received some treatment for his disorder, although apparently he hasn’t stuck to it. Beyond declining to follow up with outpatient care, Titus Young has not been taking prescribed medication to deal with the issue, which could explain his recent outbursts.
“He’s not dealing with it the way he should be,” Richard Young said. “If the judge gives him a court order, then maybe he’ll get the help he needs.”