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Titus Young declined league’s offer of help long ago

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The help was there, and offered.

But apparently Titus Young didn’t want it.

The former Lions wide receiver, who remains in a California jail after a recent string of arrests, apparently made it clear to the league that he wasn’t interested in assistance 18 months ago, before his troubles came to a head.

NFL director of player engagement Troy Vincent told Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports that his department tried “multiple times” to offer counseling, after someone close to him called them, expressing worry.

“It was someone very, very close to him who was just concerned – really concerned,” Vincent said. “Once we got the call, we sent someone out to meet with him.  . . .

We were told he was not interested in support. We went to people very close to his center of influence, to reach out to see how we can support him. The response was of someone who is not open arms to being supported.”

Young’s agent didn’t comment on the report. The Lions washed their hands of Young after a tumultuous two years, though teammates have continued to try to support him.

But Young himself apparently isn’t interested in that help, as offers were rebuffed.

“We can reach out, which we have done,” Vincent said. “We look to assist and support – to get him on track. We’ve reached out. We have been reaching out prior to his last incident. We’ve been working hard for quite some time in this situation. Everything is available to him.”

“We will be on call to support. That’s all we can do. We are here. We are on call. Our support team is here for you. Unless he engages back, all we can do is sit and be on call. “

The idea of a professional athlete refusing help shouldn’t come as a surprise. But the league has to continue to work with players before they reach the sad state Young is in, to make sure they know about the services available to them.

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45 Responses to “Titus Young declined league’s offer of help long ago”
  1. tjacks7 says: May 31, 2013 8:02 AM

    Unfortunately, people with these types of problems have to hit rock bottom before they realize they need help and/or seek it. You would think multiple arrests and being unable to find a job would be rock bottom, but only time will tell. Hopefully he finds the help before he gets himself in too much trouble.

  2. dcapettini says: May 31, 2013 8:06 AM

    There are none so blind as them that will not see.

  3. papacrick says: May 31, 2013 8:10 AM

    As soon as he’s spends his last cent I’m sure he will be a changed man ready to accept all the help suggested

  4. snowman36 says: May 31, 2013 8:15 AM

    Oh well. The league tried but Titus Young refused. Sometimes you have to let people Learn the hard way. No pity.

  5. commonsensedude says: May 31, 2013 8:16 AM

    This is why he needs to sit in jail until he is willing to get whatever mental health assistance he seems to need based on his diagnosis. Otherwise, judging from his recent behavior, it’s only a matter of time before he hurts others and/or himself.

  6. jayhawk6 says: May 31, 2013 8:17 AM

    It sounds like he is committed to his own destruction.

  7. bigwinintx says: May 31, 2013 8:23 AM

    Jail is probably the best place as well as the safest place for this kid.

    Clearly something is wrong with him, and as long as he’s locked up, he can’t hurt himself or someone else.

    As soon as he’s out, the Titus Young self destruct pool will be begin again. Only this time he’s gonna hurt someone.

  8. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: May 31, 2013 8:23 AM

    The more you learn about this situation, the worse it becomes.

  9. jumpov says: May 31, 2013 8:26 AM

    18 months ago, was Young not still a promising young WR?

    I’m curious as to what was going on that long ago that resulted in someone contacting the league…

  10. logicalvoicesayz says: May 31, 2013 8:30 AM

    Manic-depression produces a lot of victims, including the one suffering from it.

    If any of his friends or family can hear, I’d counsel them to stay patient and strong.

  11. fletcher08 says: May 31, 2013 8:33 AM

    Was he unaware of the help available or are you assuming that the league didn’t inform him and thats why the league needs to do more?

  12. mykelane says: May 31, 2013 8:38 AM

    can’t help those that won’t help themselves

  13. theralph2012 says: May 31, 2013 8:39 AM

    But wait, I thought we were supposed to feel bad for this troubled, lost, innocent soul, who just couldn’t get the help he needed…

    This turd needs to be behind bars for a long time.

  14. vikescry1 says: May 31, 2013 8:47 AM

    what a sad situation, hope he gets the help he needs.

  15. thereisalwaysnextyear says: May 31, 2013 8:52 AM

    Maybe jail in exactly what this kid needs as a wake-up call. After all most people with issues have to hit bottom before they open themselves up to help. I just hope his bottom isn’t much below where he is today.

  16. cobrala2 says: May 31, 2013 8:59 AM

    Correction:

    The idea of ANYONE with a mental illness declining help should come to no surprise. Titus Young is a professional athlete and that fact really changes nothing regarding the social stigmas of mental illness.

  17. thesteelers says: May 31, 2013 9:03 AM

    We take time to laugh at all the Steeler-hating losers out there. We have rings and you don’t.

  18. rufustfireflyjr says: May 31, 2013 9:14 AM

    Dude’s trashing a multi-million dollar career that a lot of us would give a year off our lives to have. It’s sad, it really is.

  19. chc4 says: May 31, 2013 9:17 AM

    But the league has to continue to work with players before they reach the sad state Young is in, to make sure they know about the services available to them.
    _____________________________________
    The league has reached out! What more can they do here? They can’t kidnap and take him away for psychological boot camp against his will. Why is this still the league’s responsibility? At some point people are responsible for themselves and their actions. The NFL has made it clear that help is available to Titus Young. That he ignores it is totally on him and no one else.

  20. classactcalvin81 says: May 31, 2013 9:27 AM

    See there’s the prob right there, u just can’t help someone that does not want help. He would have to 1st recognize he has an issue which we all c but apparently number 16 does not. Good luck bro!!

  21. faulkn22 says: May 31, 2013 9:27 AM

    You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. It’s easy to see where that adage came from.

  22. gmsalpha says: May 31, 2013 9:32 AM

    At this rate, I don’t think he’ll live long enough to be Titus Old.

  23. ranger764 says: May 31, 2013 9:33 AM

    Unfortunately you can’t help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves. Looks like it’s up to the judicial system to force “help” on him now that he is in jail!

  24. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 31, 2013 9:34 AM

    He’s garbage…let him rot in prison.

  25. granadafan says: May 31, 2013 9:39 AM

    His entourage didn’t want the gravy train to stop at the time. Now that he’s in jail, his posse is like, “Titus who?”

  26. ozymandias121 says: May 31, 2013 9:52 AM

    You can only say he is stupid because of this….there is no mental illness.

  27. habsfanatic says: May 31, 2013 9:58 AM

    It’s sad to see that even those close to him were not able to convince him to get the help he needs. Goes to show how stigmatizing mental illness still is…

  28. east96st says: May 31, 2013 9:58 AM

    “But the league has to continue to work with players before they reach the sad state Young is in, to make sure they know about the services available to them.”

    They sent a counselor out to meet with him directly. Obviously, and count yourself fortunate Darin Gantt, you have never had a mentally ill person in your family. The law restricts everything you WANT to do to help, until someone you care about is in the same position as Young is in. Basically, they have to commit a crime and/or attempt AND succeed in harming themselves and/or others. Mental health services and laws in this country are abysmal. People who need help are denied it time and time again – until there is a victim, then the police roll in. It’s backwards, it’s barbaric, and it leaves law abiding citizens in great danger. Of course, fixing it would cost money, and we, as a nation, refuse to spend money on the well being of our citizens. Much better to build multi-billion dollar weapon systems that either don’t work and/or are designed to fight an enemy, the Soviet Union, that disappeared decades ago. THAT we always have money for, no matter what party is in power. Young’s family are obviously concerned and have been reaching out for help for quite sometime. What a shame that their hands were tied until a clearly sick man became a criminal. Next time any of you read a story about some “wack-job” going on a killing spree and think, “Why didn’t the family get him help or tell someone?”, just remember, they probably did and were either ignored or told, “There’s nothing we can do”.

  29. whysomanylosers says: May 31, 2013 10:01 AM

    “But the league has to continue to work with players before they reach the sad state Young is in, to make sure they know about the services available to them.”

    ______________________________

    So should the NFL put a straight jacket on them and put them in a padded cell?
    You can’t help someone that refuses help.

  30. warhawk137 says: May 31, 2013 10:09 AM

    At least they made a good-faith effort to get through to him. Sometimes there’s only so much you can do.

  31. darkblue08 says: May 31, 2013 10:10 AM

    If he gets to 35, he will which he could redo his last 15-18 years.

  32. jswheeler says: May 31, 2013 10:23 AM

    “But the league has to continue to work with players before they reach the sad state Young is in…”

    I disagree… no employer is obligated in any way to babysit a potential problem employee. The league can offer assistance but once it’s rebuked then they don’t need to continue to reach out. If they want to great. But to say that they “has to” is wrong. Don’t we already coddle these athletes enough?

  33. 23chameleons says: May 31, 2013 10:23 AM

    “Stupid is as stupid does …”
    – Forrest Gump

  34. markchmurasbabysitter says: May 31, 2013 10:24 AM

    This went from wacky athlete to incredibly sad very quickly. Hopefully he humbles himself and gets the professional help that he needs.

  35. jprcox says: May 31, 2013 10:42 AM

    Something of a catch 22. Sometimes people are too mentally sick to realize they are sick and need help.

    Young got a lot of chances other people don’t get, so his life will never be what it could have….yet it will be exactly what he made it.

  36. markpackman says: May 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    Very sad situation. He probably had the talent. You can only help those who want to be helped. Wish him the best.

  37. hedleykow says: May 31, 2013 11:20 AM

    Mental health issues are most difficult when the subjects reject reality for what it is, and instead live in an alternate universe of their own design.

    Take Tebowmaniacs for example. PFT reaches out to these lunatics in every way it can, offering support and trying to talk them back to reality, before they all wind up like Titus. Some of them eventually come around and admit to themselves that Tebow is a terrible qb, but many reject the free shuttle back to reality.

    All PFT can do is to continue to reach out to them. It is up to them to accept the help.

  38. blacktoothgrinn says: May 31, 2013 11:33 AM

    Since he is in the correction system now, I’m pretty sure he can get a mandatory mental check if that is what the judge decides, and at that point he can be put on meds and get therapy. If he wasn’t a football player he’d just be another criminal in the system. Can you imagine how many mentally ill people are out there that don’t get this attentin but need it. Young is lucky but unless he can get a little more mentally stable and accept the help, he will probably continue to spiral down the wrong path.

  39. allday28mvpmvp says: May 31, 2013 12:00 PM

    blacktoothgrinn says: May 31, 2013 11:33 AM

    Since he is in the correction system now, I’m pretty sure he can get a mandatory mental check if that is what the judge decides, and at that point he can be put on meds and get therapy. If he wasn’t a football player he’d just be another criminal in the system. Can you imagine how many mentally ill people are out there that don’t get this attentin but need it. Young is lucky but unless he can get a little more mentally stable and accept the help, he will probably continue to spiral down the wrong path.

    ———

    Not true. You clearly have not been in the correction system in any state. In the U.S. the only drugs offered to people, who don’t already receive treatment and have prescriptions, is Seroquil. An anti-psychotic sleeping medication. That does nothing for people w serious mental illness like bipolar, schizophrenic, etc.
    These conditions cannot be treated by jail staff or nurses. They must be diagnosed by doctors (who do no work in jails and prisons).
    PLEASE know what you are talking about before you dress up your opinion as a fact!

  40. chiadam says: May 31, 2013 12:36 PM

    why would he need help?

    oh right..

  41. 4ever9er says: May 31, 2013 1:12 PM

    It’s astounding to me that people don’t get mental illness at all. A majority of the mentally ill don’t realize that they have a problem. They aren’t refusing help because they don’t want it, it’s because they think they don’t need it!
    As far as the correctional system aspect goes, there are many flaws in the system. I know of this first hand, when a person in a correctional facility within a mental hospital has an episode where he/she attacks another patient or staff member, that person is then convicted of the assault and sent to a regular facility and told that their mental condition had nothing to do with the assault. So instead of keeping that mentally ill patient in therapy and medicated, they are sent into a prison where the violence continues as that mentally ill person is getting less treatment and more jail time.

  42. sabatimus says: May 31, 2013 3:39 PM

    4ever9er, I agree that in a lot of cases the mentally ill don’t realize they have a problem. There are plenty, however, who realize they have a problem but for whatever reason cannot bring themselves to face it, let alone work toward ameliorating it. Often such people are simply terrified of all their “demons” (for lack of a more compassionate word) coming out, and thereby being exposed.

    For some, there are few things more scary than having to face life without destructive or unhealthy crutches.

  43. jimmylions says: May 31, 2013 3:53 PM

    This isn’t a kid just being lazy and stupid. It’s adult onset mental illness. Think of it as an adult discovering he/she has diabetes … only it’s not diabetes, it’s an issue with the brain that impacts thinking.

    Titus Young is suffering from an illness in his brain. Because it is in his brain, he is not processing information rationally. Imagine the tuning knob on your radio was completely messed up, but you didn’t know it. When you tune in station X, you get station Y, but you have no idea that there is anything wrong.

    That’s what’s happening to him right now. It’s like a really bad acid trip that never ends because the person isn’t on acid.

    Think about it this way … if someone has a torn ACL, you don’t say that they’re inability to run is because they are stupid, lazy and just need to hit rock bottom. You tell them to go get medical care. Titus Young needs medical care.

  44. zeeman911 says: May 31, 2013 4:52 PM

    Time to put this sick puppy down! No pity for this loser!

  45. johny248 says: Jun 2, 2013 12:59 AM

    Titus has made some very poor decisions both while in Detroit, and with the recent events. I really hope this boy can get things worked out. No one really knows what has been going on with him, and as easy as it is for people to joke and call names, to me it is hard to draw conclusions when we are not in his situation. He showed a lot of talent, and its so cliché to say things like ” what a waste of a talent” when it should be more like what a sad waste of a persons LIFE. I hope for his and his family’s sake that he can find peace with himself whether football is a part of his life or not. This is one of those situations when you wish you could fix someone’s life for them. The problem is that you can’t just change someone. Hopefully he can find some guidance and realize that he has to want to put fourth an effort to right his life.

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